Woman Shares Her Secrets To 8 Years Of Blissful Marriage To Her Dog

By Briana Hansen

Hopeless romantics believe that when you meet the one you want to spend the rest of your life with, you'll just know. Well, for Wilhelmina Morgan Callaghan of Northern Ireland, that special somebody happened to come in the form of a small Yorkshire Terrier named Henry. And this year, the two celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary.

woman shares her secrets to 8 years of blissful marriage to her dog
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Callaghan opened up about what it was like to marry Henry. And, to be clear, unlike traditional human to human marriages that involve some sort of procreation expectation, their partnership is purely platonic.

Callaghan and her doggie husband, Henry, whose full name is Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan, got married in 2009 with the help of a website and a witness. She saw other people were marrying their pets online and figured her Henry was definitely worthy of an "I do." Or maybe her thought process was more of an "I already pick up your doo doo, so I might as well do, too."

Of course, their union isn't technically legally binding. But that doesn't stop them from loving each other unconditionally and having the most fun together with their ever-growing pack.

Callaghan, who is obviously a dog lover, shares her happy home with more than just her hunky hubby. She has a whole pack — 10 dogs total.

And though other dogs seem to hog her pictures and social media, Henry hogs her heart. "I call him ‘Ri’ which means ‘King’ in ancient Gaelic, because he is like a king – my king," she said.

The best part of their union is the fact that Henry isn't at all jealous of his betrothed's love for other furry creatures. Callaghan is able to give love to every sweet critter in her pack and Henry doesn't mind at all.

In fact, his shared devotion to kindness towards his fellow canines is part of what drew her to him. "It's one of the many things I love about him. If a new dog enters the fold, Henry is the first to go over and say hello. There's no ego, he is just so friendly," she explained.

And, like any marriage, they've been through their pups and downs. As Callaghan explained, "Things have fallen apart somewhat since we married, I lost my job in a morgue, so was forced to become a freelance embalmer. There is not much money in that, and then my house flooded. But Henry has been great throughout — he is so loyal. He's not an alpha dog, he's just kind, friendly and easy. You know he's with you for the long haul."

If you thought you loved your dogs, you may be put to shame by this woman's devotion to her four-legged friends. Not only has she married one, but she regularly has outings with others that she documents and uploads with music and filters.

Finding a good-looking, loyal, loving partner is any person's dream. And Callaghan found just that in Henry. She recognizes that the rest of the world may not exactly understand her motivation, saying "People may think I'm barking mad, but he's perfect for me." But she's pawsitively happy with her decision.

And, hey, when you know, you know. There's no bones about it.