So when I read about a Sri Lankan police department that decided a good use of public money was to throw an elaborate wedding for their 18 sniffer dogs [link], followed by a honeymoon for each doggy couple, I simultaneously giggled and cringed.
I giggled because, come on, puppies in formal wear! Puppies getting married to each other like they think they're real people! I'm not made of stone, you know!
But on the other hand, the civil servant in me immediately though "Oh crap, someone's going to cop it in the neck for this one". You don't go spending government money without a damned good reason, and quite rightly so. Somehow, I think they'll have a hard time justifying a puppy wedding on their financial statements.
To be fair though, it's not like a bunch of Sri Lankan police officers got drunk and decided it would be hilarious to pair up all their sniffer dogs and have a Seven Brides For Seven Brothers style wedding. There was a method behind their madness. Apparently it was a bit of a publicity stunt to advertise the fact that they were going to attempt to breed the dogs there rather than keep on buy them from the Netherlands.
That makes sense, I suppose. Dogs born in the location would be better acclimated and more used to the local food and water. And while I don't know how much money it costs to raise a sniffer dog, I have to assume it's cheaper than buying one, so that's got to be a good thing.
But seriously guys, it might have been better if you'd just rented the dogs a hotel room and set them up with some Barry White.