It all started when Ashley Shields found an unusual note in her mailbox. It was a wedding invitation. Her own cat, Pedro was set to marry Silver, a cat who belonged to her 11 year old neighbor, Brady.
Ashley was completely surprised.
“You are invited!” the invitation said. “Silver will be marrying Pedro. There will be tuna cake and silver and Pedro [is] going to be dressed up nicely. But if you do come, you do not have to dress up nicely, but you can if you want.”
“He’d seen them hang out a lot, and he was like, ‘I’m not really sure what they’re doing, but I felt that since they hang out so much, it was probably time they get married,’” Johnson said.
Johnson had her own take on the whole thing. “Pedro is probably just tired of the game and ready to settle down,” she said.
Everyone pitched in to help the cats get ready for the big day. Shields and her four daughters set up their dining room for a ceremony. Pedro had a tie made, and Silver had a veil made. Johnson baked cakes.
Two days later, it was wedding day!
Silver absolutely loved the bride attention she was getting. “Silver seemed kind of excited to be all dressed up and fancy,” Johnson said.
With Pedro, things were a little different….
“He got cold feet in the beginning, and we had to kind of to give them their tuna cakes early so they would stay in place for the vows and the ceremony was officiated,” Johnson said.
Shields is legally authorized to officiate weddings in the state of Iowa, so of course she was the perfect choice to preside over the wedding, Johnson said.
“She gave a description of how the cats met, and talked about how the cats feel about each other, and then she did the ‘me-vows’ she had written for both Pedro and Silver,” Johnson said.
After the ceremony, guests drank champagne and ate cake….the bride and groom milled around.
“It was pretty much your typical reception,” Johnson said.
“Whether or not they stay married, they do seem rather crazy for each other considering the time they spend together,” Johnson said. “I think cat friendship lasts forever.”
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