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Grosse Pointe Woods

Couple groomed for doggone fine union

Published July 17, 2013

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Yorkie Barney and his “fiancée,” toy poodle Corrina, will get hitched in a wedding ceremony and reception that’s being held July 21 as a fundraiser for the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society.

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Some people might dismiss it as a case of puppy love, but when Barney Gilligan met Corrina Rose, he knew she was “the one.”

And so, when he proposed earlier this year, his ladylove happily said, “Yes.”

Well, actually, she probably barked, but that’s what she meant.

Barney, a 14-year-old Yorkshire terrier, and Corrina, a 3-year-old toy poodle, will tie the knot in a very special wedding ceremony at 3 p.m. July 21 at Bow Wow Bake Shoppe in Grosse Pointe Woods. Because the bride and groom already have all of the treats and toys they could possibly want, they’re asking guests to make donations to the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society.

“Shortly after we got him (Barney, two years ago), we went to the (Bow Wow) Bake Shoppe,” said Mihaela Charlier, of St. Clair Shores, one of Barney’s human parents. “There was Corinna, there across the biscuit counter … and he just fell in love.”

The long-legged Corrina towers over her much older suitor, but Barney doesn’t have a Napoleon complex, so it isn’t a problem.

Charlier said the ceremony will be officiated by a fellow dog pal, a Jack Russell terrier who’ll be dressed up as Elvis. Meanwhile, Barney will don a tuxedo T-shirt for the wedding and a tie for the reception. The bride, of course, will be the most resplendent of all.

“(Corrina) has a beautiful wedding dress and veil that hopefully she won’t chew off,” Charlier said.

A reception will feature doggy wedding cake and party favors for all of the canine attendees, and appetizers for their human companions. The human dress code is “summer chic,” Charlier said.

Barney’s owner said the wedding “started off as a joke,” but then she and Corrina’s owner, Barbara Frazho, thought it might make for a good fundraiser for GPAAS.

“I’m excited,” Charlier said. “It’s kind of taken on a life of its own.”

For their part, GPAAS officials are delighted with the idea, which will support the nonprofit at a time when its expenses are up because GPAAS now operates a shelter for lost pets used by several of the local police and public safety departments.

“I think it’s a very creative, unique and fun idea to help celebrate dog ownership, and at the same time raise awareness and funds to help support our shelter,” said GPAAS Executive Director Corinne Martin via email. “We have taken in over 250 animals already this year from the cities we serve, so it gives you an idea of how truly great the need is to help these homeless animals. We appreciate every penny.”

Both dogs have been fixed, so the happy couple won’t be rearing puppies, and Charlier said both dogs will remain with their current human companions. But the event’s organizers hope the service and reception will make for a fun afternoon for people and pooches alike.

“It is actually (going to be) pretty cute,” Charlier said.

Bow Wow Bake Shoppe is located at 21035 Mack. Guests should RSVP to Lisa at the store as soon as possible. They should indicate the number of people and dogs in their party. To RSVP or for more information, send an email to

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