Lucky the Maltese has posed with so many of Hollywood’s hottest stars it has earned her the title of “Most Photographed Dog in the World” for the 2013 Guinness World Record. The celebrity seeking hasn’t been done to win awards, but to raise awareness for homeless animals. In February Lucky was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her guardian has a come up with a unique plan to find a new animal ambassador to take Lucky’s place when the time comes. She wants the Maltese to get married.
To kick-off the plan Wendy Diamond threw a wedding shower in a Manhattan hotel for her treasured little dog and celebrated with 32 guests, both human and four-legged. The group enjoyed sandwiches, cupcakes, tea and champagne. Lucky, who was outfitted in a “frilly pink dress” had fun and didn’t give a hint as to the real reason the group had gathered.
The event officially let the world know that her fight with cancer is coming to an end. After a series of treatments, the dog has three months to a year to live. The search for a new animal to carry on her work for homeless pets is becoming urgent.
“Lucky’s entire life has been about bringing awareness to rescue,” said Diamond. “We’re looking for someone to take over.”
Diamond, who is an author and founder and editor of Animal Fair Magazine, is planning an elaborate wedding on July 12 for Lucky and her yet unnamed spouse. The animal advocate says the ideal candidate for the next “most photographed celebrity canine” and partner to Lucky should be “friendly and not camera shy.”
Diamond also said Lucky’s spouse-to-be doesn’t have to be male or even a dog. She’s open to other animals applying for the position, including cats.
Wendy Diamond adopted Lucky in 1999 when she was told that someone was giving up a young white Maltese dog. Having already adopted a Russian Blue from one of New York City’s high kill animal shelters, she decided to take Lucky herself, before the little dog ended up at the same shelter.
Diamond told Petside that when she met the dog, she was so hyper and running in circles, she thought sarcastically to herself, ‘How lucky am I?’ and that’s how Lucky got her name. Soon Diamond and Lucky became inseparable.
At the same time, Diamond started Animal Fair Magazine as a way to make animal rescue more glamorous by getting her celebrity pals involved in the cause. One night at a dinner party attended by Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant, Diamond asked Hugh if Lucky could take a picture with him.
The photo drew lots of attention to Lucky and Diamond’s cause and the trend began to have the dog photographed with all sorts of stars. Over the years Lucky has been photographed with celebrities such as: Betty White, Kristen Stewart, President Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Snoop Dogg, Kim Kardashian, Barbara Walters and many more.
“She’s my business partner, my roommate, and my best friend,” said Diamond. “We’ve traveled all over the world together, and she’s seen me through my father’s death, and my different relationships. She’s my family.”
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