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Updated on April 24, 2012

Marriage has gone to the dogs

First let me say that I seriously deliberated before writing about this story. I haven’t polished this hub with my usual flair; my anger got the best of me. I generally never pick a mundane news piece and report about them on my hubs, but, this was tailor made for the “too stupid to live category.”

Ernie Rubin and Ann Carter of Palm Desert California decided to throw a $5,000 wedding ceremony for their pooches “Scruffy and Snickers.” The owners had customer couture tuxedo and dress made for the dogs to wear in the event. In tow were a ring boy, flower girl, groomsmen and usher. Rubin and Carter made sure to include a wedding cake, open bar (that part I understand) and security. It was reported that 100 guests attended and even got to enjoy a live band.

$5,000 wedding ceremony…California…Palm Desert Country Club…for pet dogs.

I now no longer guess why California is so backward, so self-centered and in such deep debt. For full disclosure, Rubin and Carter pulled the wedding off as a fundraising stunt for the “Orphan Pet Oasis Humane Society of the Desert” in North Palm Springs. So in raising money for a humane society, they decided to blow a whole lot of it on mocking marriage and the poor who could never afford such a lavish wedding; how California of them.

Now, it is entirely my opinion that interjects the mocking of both marriage and the poor on this couples behalf. I personally do not know their agenda, other than what the obvious shows us. Nevertheless, these two have inadvertently created a well-deserved doggie doo doo storm. I have nothing but contempt for this couples naivety and poor taste of judgment. Folks, the thing about this is, I never would have mentioned their names, wrote this story or found it in the news had they just phoned some friends, threw an intimate dinner party at their home and quietly donated all that money to the Humane Society. Instead, they proved how some rich people are too stupid for their own good and really don’t deserve all the pleasures they are afforded.

Not too long ago, I’ve written a few hubs defending the wealthy; I suppose it was inevitable I would need to write about a few worthy of ridicule. Moreover, this story brings us to a deeper judgment and uncovering of values. I fully expect this hub will land me in the cross hairs of pet lovers, yet the human side of suffering in 2012 out prioritizes an “Orphan Pet Oasis” any day of the week. There is a certain sickness with our American society, where we place animals far above the needs of humans. Now, there is no advocating of walking away from animal care or trying to save abused animals, but for crying out loud, these people need to pull their head out of their sheltered and insulated asses. This commentary deeply troubles me, I do not find satisfaction from having to call out a pair of complete idiots. Furthermore, how do we move forward with the American dream in light of this?

California is dragging down our entire country with its debts. The very rich are complaining about tax burdens and over regulation, views I often side with, that is until this story. Jerry Brown want’s a $100 “BILLION” dollar railway to create jobs. I’d really like to isolate Rubin and Carter’s poor use of judgment; it would be far easier to turn this into Shakespearian satire, but the news cycle won’t let me. There is an onslaught of over the top behavior flashing before our eyes. Television has brought us the latest version of lifestyles of the rich and famous with “MTV Cribs,” a show where we salivate or gag on what passes for taste and use of wealth. We have watched celebrity darlings like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Brynes, the Kardashian’s and Charlie Sheen grow up to be caricatures of wealth. Generally we should ignore what the rich and famous can do; so what if Britney Spears bought a $20,000 dollar bra, or Eric Clapton has a custom made, one of a kind Ferrari he paid 4.6 million dollars for. I pay little mind to Donald Trump’s 100 million dollar 757 Jetliner and I certainly do not care that Richard Branson owns a private island. Maybe you can tell me why a $5,000 dog wedding in southern California has my hackles up while previous celebrity excesses influenced me little. Truthfully, it’s all getting to be a little too much…

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    • onegoodwoman profile image

      onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town


      Among the various, there is ONE true God...........

      He ate fish, honey and the fruits of the wildernesses......

      NO, I am not yet " great", but, still, I am faithful and subserviant to those who provided me with my freedoms. Still, I find a great honor in feeding them, who can no longer feed themselves...........this is my lifetime call........

      I am still, in the corner of goodness.............

      It is hear your strong voice, once again.

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      Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Drbj – that’s a pretty funny comment, you may be right, cart before the horse right. Thanks for the read and leaving the witty comment, much obliged.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Maybe, Jason, they had the wedding because the bride was with child, I mean, puppy. That might make sense in California. Anyway, thanks for this edifying hub about people with less sense than animals.

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      Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Fannie mae…Wes, who do you think runs Fannie mae? Oh Wes, sometimes…

      Y – How the heck are you? It’s been ages, I am glad you are talking some sense, unlike a few others around here *ah hem*. Are you a chef to the Gods yet? Nice to see you slumming with me and the self-righteous conservatives. Drop me some good words why dont you...

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      True - but I've not actually heard much about these "kids" and college loans.

      Absolute fact: Fannie something started sending me bills with interest...despite me honouring my part of the contract..the contract that said they wouldn't send me bills or apply interest unless I wasn't going to school at least part time - six hours.

      They didn't honour their part of the contract, and I've lived through more than one such example...I fulfil my end - the corporations doesn't breaches their end.

      T Mobile did me the exact same way - and actually thinks that I owe them money, my thoughts are that T Mobile owes me a hundred grand for humiliating my parents with their non stop phone calls - attempts at collecting money not owed.

      The college loan company - heh! They lose - I won, God loves me, and gave me a "gift."

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      onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town

      I am a great advocate for taking care of, providing for, seeking medical address for our pets..........

      Recently, my hubby and I " lost " the dog of our collective lifetimes.........

      In time, there will be another dog...........he or she, will be well provided for..........nice beds, good foods, medical and vetenairy care...........

      BUT......a " Wedding"............I , draw the financial and emotional lines............IT just is not going to happen.............We have Children! They will always be before the animals, or pets........ALWAYS

      If my daughters, choose , not to marry...........let us feed the children of some neighborhood in just might be, one in our own back yard.

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      Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Okay Wes, and for the kids, who does Alan Greenspan, Bernanke, Sommers and Frank work for? OWS wasn't on the front lawn of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave ripping into the Government for their part in this. You chastised me for being too hard on the left, you aren't distributing the blame evenly.

      If you want to talk about stupid home owners who bought up properties they shouldn't have, sure, there were plenty. How about idiot college kids that thought they could rack up tens of thousands of student loan debt and not expect to pay anything after graduation? All I am saying is there is plenty of blame to go around and Wall St. couldn't profit if LOTS of people signed their name on the line.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas


      Jason, I see nothing but the most righteous of intentions from OWS. Of course "righteous intentions" amount to absolutely nothing in and of themselves - but just the same...what are folks supposed to do? Sit back and enjoy being swindled left and right by big corporations and banks????????????? OH HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!

      NOTHING "righteous" about accepting that we've all got shafted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      No of course I realize that the half the folks that lost their homes SHOULD HAVE KNOWN that they were in over their heads, being stupid, etc, etc, etc!!!!!

      But HOLY SMOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is deeper than that -It is just evil to sell someone something KNOWING that they are doomed...and to then pocket the profits!!!!

      Derivative markets??????? GET OUT OF HERE!!!!!!! ALL EVIL!!!!!!!!!!

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      Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Oh No You Dont Wes! Come back here and clarify your statement...

      "I'm a little bit peeved how anyone could make a jab at the righteousness of OWS...and include it here - but its your hub, of course."

      What are you getting at Tex? Paris, like it or not is a spoiled brat from a Hotel dynasty, her life's decisions are not all that hard, would could occupy Paris, but we would have to get in line...(drums please)

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I'm a little bit peeved how anyone could make a jab at the righteousness of OWS...and include it here - but its your hub, of course.

      You know, Paris Hilton spent a couple hundred thousand dollars for her dogs' house...heated and cooled, of course.

      I love dogs - I'd spend more on a dog than I would on Parish Hilton too.

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      Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      @Dino - LMAO...

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      dino 5 years ago

      I'd like to say only in California, but i'd probably be wrong. I love your work Jason but honestly I could have gone all year without this rediculous story. You know how I feel about dogs but ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!. Now will you get back to writing good thought provoking blogs PLEASE. God bless

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      Jason R. Manning 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Josak, you know, these two really are indefensible. I will not give them the satisfaction of saying their heart is in the right place because it isn’t, as you say, they pass through a bunch of areas of California in need on their way to Palm Desert country club. I admit a bias I have against people who choose pets over people. To quote Dennis Prager, “if your pet and a complete stranger were drowning, which one would you choose?” I shudder to think about that question when I think about this wedding and its 100 participants.

      I have to say that your point about the French court is being brought up more and more. There is a certain decadence we know about behind closed doors, which for me, it fine, but when it spills out into the public and its this inane, I think we are right to feel a little righteous indignation.

      @ James, so I come up with a poll question that I am sure will draw you in just for that reason. Hey, I’ve adopted pets from rescue shelters, I’ve reported an abusive breeder, but there is no way in hell I am going to publicly throw a shindig, telling the country I have so much money to burn, I’d rather blow it on my two dogs than save a life, feed a family, support a wounded soldier, help a young military widow, and on and on. What else can I say James? This story pisses me off, it fuels the 99% crowd and proves that California residents really are not hurting enough to get the attention Country Club morons. As for North Dakota, one has two choices, Malamute or Husky…pick one. Cheers mate.

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      James W. Nelson 5 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      When I saw the title of this hub I almost didn't even look, but then I thought, no Jason wouldn't write something he didn't feel had merit, and, again, I was one of two who voted outside the norm for the irony of it, and the dogs are kind of cute, but OMG!

      As for what I would "really" do for my pets...I don't have any. I don't have an outside shelter (ND would require one) and no way would they be in the house, so I depend on the wild things to make occasional appearances.

      Good hub, my friend!

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      Josak 5 years ago from variable

      GRRRRRR I will contain myself enough to say that this is symptomatic of the cruelty and ignorance of the wealthy of our nation, it is fully reminiscent of the attitude of King Louis the 16th and the royals at the time as they ate and lived in luxury and ignored the suffering of those all around them and we all know where that led. I bet that within a few miles of where they were marrying a couple of dogs using stupid amounts of money there were families struggling to feed their kids or keep the lights on or pay their rent, it's disgusting really. Voted up and interesting.