Dog eats groom's passport days before Boston couple's wedding in Italy

Chickie the golden retriever ate Donato Frattaroli's passport days before he was set to marry his fiancée, Magda Mazri, at their dream wedding in Italy

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With less than two weeks to go until a Boston couple ties the knot in Italy, there's one big problem — their dog ate the groom's passport.



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After years of wedding planning, Donato Frattaroli and his fiancée, Magda Mazri, are facing a problem they never could have planned for.

"It was not good, like, it was very stressful," the bride-to-be said Saturday.

The couple went to City Hall on Thursday to get their marriage license and letter of intent, and then they went out to dinner. When they got back to their South Boston home, a nightmare was unfolding before their eyes; their 1.5-year-old golden retriever was eating his own dinner -- Frattaroli's passport.

Chickie chewed out the first four pages of the passport, several back pages and a stamp from Mexico, where the couple got engaged a few years ago.

"When you first looked at the passport, it didn't look like it was super damaged," Mazri explained.

But once the couple got a closer look, they realized it was bad — very bad.

"It was like every important page. Like all of his personal information — completely torn up, his picture page was torn up, the barcode on the back of the passport was torn up," Mazri said, adding that Chickie is a "very good dog."

"She's not a house destroyer," Mazri added of their puppy.

A New Hampshire bride was two weeks away from her wedding in England, but she couldn't get there because she never received her visa or her passport.

With no appointments available in the New England area to try to get a new passport — and time quickly running out — the couple started reaching out to lawmakers.

"Sent out an email to Congressman Lynch's office, then got in touch with Sen. Markey, their staffs have both been incredible, super communicative," Frattaroli said. "But ultimately it really comes down to the State Department and the passport office.

Trying to stay positive, Mazri is hopeful somehow they'll still be able to pull off the wedding of their dreams abroad.

"I'm not allowing myself to even think Plan B. There's no other option for me," she said. "We are going to Italy on Friday one way or the other."

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