Grace and Daniel’s Wedding

It Will Be a Heroes’ Welcome at the Sheraton Atlantic City July 10 as Two Death-Defying Doggies heel to the Altar and Pledge Their Mutual Devotion to a Gas Chamber-Free Eternity

Just days before her highly anticipated return visit to the Hinesville, Georgia animal shelter that almost killed her in 2006, canine heroine “Amazing Grace” will head to the altar with another four-legged hero named Daniel, a beagle who also escaped an Alabama gas chamber in October2011. Animal Aid USA, under the direction of founders Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Karen Talbot is hosting the nuptials, with rescue dog-turned-YouTube-phenom Clark (“The maple kind, yeah?”) G. standing in as “best man,” and Clark’s sister Layla, also a rescue dog, as “maid of honor.”

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey, July 4, 2012 – Animal Aid USA and the Sheraton Atlantic City invites the public to join four heroic rescue dogs at the Sheraton’s Convention Center Hotel July 10 to celebrate the wedding event of the summer. Bride “Amazing Grace,” a gentle mixed breed pooch who made national news in 2006 after surviving a horrendous near death in a Hinesville, Georgia animal control facility’s gas chamber, will “wed” groom Daniel, a beagle mix out of Alabama who managed to escape the same fate in October, 2011.

Both pooches have served as tail-wagging, face-licking, human-cuddling advocates for banning the gas chamber as an animal euthanasia device, still used in 31 states. Tuesday’s nuptials and reception are being held to honor Grace, and in doing so focus attention on the tens of thousands of homeless and abandoned pets she represents. Hosted by Animal Aid USA founders Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Karen Talbot, and Cesar’s Way Magazine the evening’s matrimony will include rescue dog-turned-YouTube-phenom Clark (“The maple kind, yeah?”) G. standing in as “best man,” and Clark’s sister Layla, also a rescue dog, as “maid of honor.”

Both canine couples as well as the best man and maid of honor will be dressed in couture wedding attire from Manhattan-based Hec-lin Designs for Dogs. Doggie Fashion Designer Roberto Negrin, known for his elegant gowns and distinctive attire scaled to fit the four-legged set, has created award-winning ensembles for some of Manhattan’s most fashion-forward pups. His Hec-lin Designs line is a favorite among New York City dog owners, as well as an enthusiastic press who are happy to cover Negrin’s high fashion pooch events.

The event is being hosted by the Animal Aid USA organization, founded by Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Karen Talbot, who also founded the Making of Miracle Stories (M.O.M.S) rescue, to raise awareness of the cruelty of death by gas chamber. The public is invited and everyone is encouraged to bring their dogs along, as hors d'oeuvres for pooches and people will be served.

Grace will arrive at the Sheraton Atlantic City at 6:45 p.m., where she will be greeted with a red carpet welcome. Her arrival will be followed by a meet-and-greet and photo ops with all four dogs. Borghese and Talbot are hoping to collect plenty of signatures on a petition addressed to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, condemning the use of gas chambers for euthanizing homeless and abandoned animals in 31 states. All animal lovers and their dogs are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Numerous celebrities have leant their name to this cause. A few of their supporting quotes are listed below:

  1. To put these innocent creatures who TRUST us with their futures in the Gas Chamber? How evil, insensitive and inhumane. Is this what we've become? I'm incensed the gas chamber STILL even exists. I dare anyone to witness this torture and call themselves human.

    Priscilla Presley

  2. As an animal lover and rescuer, I am horrified to hear that in 31 states in America we are euthanizing animals in gas chambers. This is unbelievably barbaric and brutal. They should not have to suffer slow, painful, and traumatic death for human convenience. If we are putting animals down, we should do so humanely and painlessly. Please join us in demanding that gas chambers be banned.

    Sophia Bush

  3. Euthanizing with a gas chamber is beyond cruel and inhumane.

    Katherine Heigl

  4. It pains me to the core to know this inhumane method of euthanization exists. Please join us in the fight to end this.

    Beth Ostrosky Stern

Members of the public who wish to join the wedding and reception festivities at the Sheraton Atlantic City should RSVP by July 6 at 908.892.7317. Guests should arrive no later than 6:30; Grace will make her grand entrance at 6:45. The evening’s events schedule is:

6:45-7:00: Meet and greet (time for pictures);

7:00-7:15: Wedding of Grace and Daniel performed by Doggie Minister Eli the Chihuahua. Featuring Best Man, Clark G and Maid of Honor, Layla.

7:15-7:30: Unveiling of the “Amazing Grace” Caravan bus;

7:30-7:45: Candlelight vigil, with music to include: “Amazing Grace,” “Take Me Home,”. and “That’s the Thing.”

Who gets married

  • Grace

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  • Daniel

    DanielFor many people “gas chambers” represent an awful, desensitized form of killing. Many do not realize that such organized killing still occurs today. Each year, millions of animals are euthanized through this brutal process. Rarely has anything breathing survived a gas chamber but in October 2011, this improbable survival story became a reality for Daniel the beagle in an Alabama gas chamber.

    Through improbable odds, Daniel was still wagging his tail after the gas chamber that he was locked in killed eighteen other dogs. The animal control officer, lacking the heart to make a second attempt, agreed to put Daniel up for adoption. Daniel was quickly spirited to a foster home in Tennessee where he was named after the Biblical survivor of the lion’s den. Next, with the help of Pilots and Paws, New Jersey based Eleventh Hour Rescue brought Daniel to New Jersey where the Dwyer Family of Nutley adopted him into a forever home.

    Daniel has taken nicely to the fun-loving life of a dog in a house with four other dogs. However, Daniel has also become quite the celebrity with appearances on local, national, and worldwide news outlets, highlighted by an exciting appearance on Anderson Cooper Live. Such renown has brought Daniel the opportunity to make a difference. Daniel’s adorable face and affable personality have made him a hero dog to thousands of his other canine brothers and sisters as he has become an advocate for shelter adoptions and anti-gassing laws in various state legislatures.

Dog Vows

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to join Grace and Daniel in Holy Muttimony. If anyone can show just cause why they should not be united, bark now or forever hold your leash.
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Do you promise to love and cherish till death do you part? And most of all, do you promise to educate people on the humane treatment of animals? To encourage adoption so that one day all shelters will be empty?
Do you promise to promote spay and neuter for all dogs and cats? And help insure that if any dog or cat is forever put to sleep it will be done humanely?
Then, Grace and Daniel, accept this treat in sign of commitment to your vows.

I give you this squeaky toy as a token of your constant belief that people who love dogs will do the right thing. And join you two on your quest to bring humane treatment to all homeless animals.
As best man, Clark, accept this treat to confirm your support of Daniel’s vows and your commitment to help make this world a better more humane place for animals.

As maid of honor, Layla, accept this treat to confirm your support of Daniel’s vows and your commitment to help make this world a better more humane place for animals.

And now, by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you canine companions for life…Daniel, you may smell the bride….