I'm thrilled to announce TO THE WORLD my engagement to Joe Horvath, an old friend and fellow Air Force member from way back. We first met back up via Facebook over two years ago, and he has become not only my best friend and love of my life, but also an amazing volunteer asset to Dogs Deserve Better.
To be honest, when Joe came back into my life, I wasn't looking to date, because I was married to Dogs Deserve Better. I spent much of my time working or thinking about DDB and chained dogs, and I wasn't in the market for a relationship.
But Joe has not only made me realize I needed to make time for him, he took it a step further and made time for DDB.
He has poured concrete for a pad for the dogs off my back porch, heightened and made my fence more secure when dogs were escaping, built the 24 foot long Wall of Shame, edited and re-edited Scream Like Banshee, Unchain My Heart, and my new book Capitol in Chains, and took on every kind of immediate need DDB has had when he is in the vicinity.
Every woman deserves a man this loving and this good, and I consider myself entirely blessed to be able to share my life with him.
Just announced: We've set the date, and are getting married in a most unusual way! We will be married from our doghouses and chains (we will walk toward each other and unchain each other to say our vows) at 5:00 p.m. June 20th, during Chain Off at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, PA. This is an 'open' wedding in that it's in a public venue, and everyone who attends Chain Off is welcome to attend and be part of our wonderful ceremony.
The best address to put in your GPS is 500 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17101.
Chain Off runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 20th, and if you are a DDB supporter and would like to attend the wedding, please come early and attend Chain Off with us too! It's so important, as we have two bills in committee in both the House and the Senate, and the more people they see with signs and chained to doghouses on their front porch, the more seriously they will take our bill.
Immediately following the ceremony, at 6 p.m., we will pack up and walk down to N. 2nd St., where there are a few blocks of bars, pubs, and restaurants, to begin an informal traveling reception where we can mingle with friends and guests.
We hope to see you there, but if you cannot attend and would like to donate to DDB in our honor, we would be most grateful. Thank you!
—Tamira Thayne, founder and CEO, Dogs Deserve Better