The 2004 Civil Partnership Act, which allows same sex couples to marry, is to be extended in 2007 to allow people to marry their pets.
After a successful campaign by animal lovers all over the country the Government is preparing to put legislation in place that will make the union of humans and the creature of their choice.
"Its great news" said David Rice of Darlington - who intends to be one of the first people to apply for the special licence so that he can wed his 6 year old Yorkshire Terrier Buster - "it's a way that Buster and myself can show our commitment to each other. After all the marriage vows talk about love, honour and obey and there is no more loveable, honourable and obedient dog than Buster."
Travel companies and hotels have already begun preparations for special pet honeymoons. "A number of our bridal suites are going to be adapted specifically to cater for the Pooch Pound" said Mike Rixon of the Holton Hotel chain. "Rooms will be fitted with features such as cat flaps, litter trays and hamster wheels to meet the needs of customers. "