It’s another one of those stories: – man meets woman, man and woman plan wedding in Italy, man’s dog eats passport right before the wedding so he can’t travel. A tale as old as time, right?
For Donato Frattaroli of Massachusetts, the days after his wedding became a mad dash against time, bureaucracy, and a mischievous golden retriever named Chickie. Just days before he was set to fly to Europe for his wedding, Chickie decided to indulge in a snack that put the entire celebration in jeopardy: Frattaroli’s passport.
Chickie’s Appetite for Adventure
Anyone who has a pet knows that they can sometimes get themselves into mischief. The one-year-old golden retriever, endearingly named Chickie – short for Chicken Cutlet, took this to a new level. Multiple pages of Frattaroli’s passport, crucial for his upcoming trip to Italy, bore evidence of Chickie’s taste for international cuisine. One can only wonder if Chickie sensed the significance of the document or simply saw it as another chew toy.
Dog Eats Passport
Discovering the chewed-up passport so close to their wedding date must have been a heart-stopping moment for Frattaroli and his fiancée, Magda Mazri. The panic that would ensue in such a scenario is unimaginable for most. With a scheduled wedding reception in Italy just around the corner, every second counted.
Normally, replacing a passport can be a tedious process, often taking weeks. Undeterred, the soon-to-be-wed couple took quick action, reaching out to local lawmakers for assistance. Their pleas didn’t fall on deaf ears. Rep. Stephen Lynch and Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts swiftly stepped in, aiding the couple in expediting the typically lengthy passport renewal process.
A Paws-itive Spin
Optimism and perseverance paid off. Just a few days later, following a crucial appointment on Monday, Frattaroli had a brand-new passport by Wednesday, as reported by Boston ABC affiliate WCVB. A story that began with potential heartbreak had turned into a heartwarming tale of community support and swift action.
Learning from the experience, Frattaroli told WCVB about his plans to invest in a file cabinet or safe, ensuring such precious documents stay out of Chickie’s playful reach in the future.
Not ones to let a dramatic incident overshadow their joy, the couple turned the situation into a fun anecdote. They shared a celebratory photo of Frattaroli’s new passport. And in a delightful twist, Chickie wasn’t left out of the travel plans.
The golden retriever received his very own “pupster passport” – a playful nod to the chaos he unwittingly caused. This special passport boasted stamps from fun destinations such as a fire hydrant, the beach, and of course, “Granny’s home.”
A Journey of Gratitude After Dog Eats Passport
The overwhelming support and assistance the couple received in their time of need left a lasting impression. “We are extremely grateful. …All of the support has not gone unnoticed and we are forever thankful!” Mazri expressed to ABC News.
As the couple finally set off for their dream wedding in Italy, Mazri joyfully exclaimed, “Andiamo!” – “Let’s go!” in Italian.
This story, while filled with initial panic, serves as a reminder of the unpredictability of life. It’s a testament to the importance of community, resilience, and maintaining a sense of humor, even when faced with unexpected challenges.
And of course, it’s also a gentle nudge to all pet owners to keep vital documents away from their furry friends’ curious paws.