Lucky Diamond, a purebred Maltese recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most photographed dog with celebrities of all time, lost her battle with cancer June 5, but an extravagant wedding scheduled to take place July 12 will continue as planned, now doubling as a celebration of Lucky’s life. Lucky was adopted by Wendy Diamond in 1999, just as Lucky was headed for the shelter. Diamond was so inspired by the little dog that she started Animal Fair Media, a charity that teamed with celebrities to raise money and public awareness about the need for shelter adoptions. Lucky hosted thousands of fundraisers over her life, inspired the White House Pet Correspondents Benefit, became the only civilian dog admitted into the United Nations, and had a wing named after her at The Humane Society of New York.
Diamond recently adopted another shelter dog, a senior Coton de Tulear she had been fostering when Lucky passed. Now Baby Hope Diamond will be “married” July 12 to a to-be-announced groom at the Jumeirah Essex House in New York. The ceremony is slated to be another Guinness record-breaker, as the most expensive wedding for pets. The two dogs will carry Lucky’s legacy of promoting animal rescue, with the newly added cause of raising money and awareness for canine cancer research. Read more about Lucky’s life and legacy at AnimalFair.com.