Groom gets new passport in time for wedding after dog ate it
Chickie had given his owners a big headache before their wedding.
A Massachusetts man is breathing easier now that he received a new passport Wednesday, just in the nick of time to fly to Europe for his scheduled wedding on Friday – after his dog ate his previous passport.
Last week, Donato Frattaroli's one-year-old golden retriever, Chickie – short for Chicken Cutlet – chewed up Frattaroli's passport, jeopardizing Frattaroli and his fiancée Magda Mazri's plans for an Aug. 31 wedding reception in Italy.
When the couple realized what had happened, they quickly reached out to their local lawmakers for assistance, including Rep. Stephen Lynch and Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, who helped them expedite getting a new passport – a process that generally takes weeks, not days.
"I'm optimistic it's going to work out," Mazri previously told ABC News' Danny New.
Following an appointment Monday, Frattaroli had a new passport in hand by Wednesday, Boston ABC affiliate WCVB reported.
Frattaroli told WCVB he plans to get a file cabinet or a safe in which to store important documents – like his passport – to avoid future mishaps at the paws of their beloved Chickie.
Frattaroli and Mazri shared a photo of Frattaroli's brand-new passport with ABC News' Danny New, and also revealed that Chickie got his very own "pupster passport" as well, complete with stamps for such travel hot spots as a fire hydrant, the beach and, of course, "Granny's home."
"We are extremely grateful. …All of the support has not gone unnoticed and we are forever thankful!" Mazri told ABC News.
"Andiamo!" she added, which means "Let's go!" in Italian.