For all the canine lovers out there, we've got a treat for you in the form of this 'Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog' wedding reading. (It's especially apt if you're planning on having any pets at your wedding!) Taylor Mali's poem compares owning a dog to falling a love, and it's not only funny but pretty accurate. It's a lighthearted reading that'll give your guests a giggle, and we have the free printable copy you've been looking for.

Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog

by Taylor Mali

Falling in love is like owning a dog
First of all, it’s a big responsibility, especially in a city like [insert city].
So think long and hard before deciding on love.

On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security: when you’re walking down the street late at night and you have a leash on love ‘ain’t no one going to mess with you.

Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable. Who knows what love could do in its own defence?

On cold winter nights, love is warm. It lies between you and lives and breathes and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs. It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.

Love doesn’t like being left alone for long. But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life, but you can never be mad at love for long.

Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad.
Bad, love, bad!
Very bad love.

Love makes messes. Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after. Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper and swat love on the nose, not so much to cause pain, just to let love know don’t you ever do that again!

Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk. Because love loves exercise.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting. It pulls you in several different directions at once, or winds around and around you until you’re all wound up and can’t move.

But love makes you meet people wherever you go. People who have nothing in common but love stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back, again, and again, and again.

But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.


Then we've got you covered. Enjoy our free printable copy of 'Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog' below!

Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog wedding reading

So if you're into all things dogs and love, 'Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog' is probably for you. However, if you're looking for something just as lighthearted but less canine-focused, we have the ultimate list of funny wedding readings. Having a religious ceremony? We've got a roundup of modern bible verses that's sure to have something that'll take your fancy.

Helena Milsom

Written by Helena Milsom

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