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Dog eats groom-to-be's passport weeks before his international wedding

It's the oldest excuse in the book. My dog ate my homework." But "My dog ate my passport" may be a new one. That's exactly what one Massachusetts couple said happened and it is now threatening their chance to get married in Europe.

Donato Frattaroli and his fiancée went to city hall to fill out marriage forms just over a week before they are set to fly out to Italy — where the couple's wedding is scheduled for Aug. 31

Hours later a nightmare unfolded at the couple's home unfolded when Chickie, the couple's 1-and-a-half-year-old golden retriever, chewed through multiple pages of Frattaroli's passport.

They are now contacting state officials to help get them both to the altar in Italy in time.

"I'm just a little stressed," Frattaroli said Saturday. "Luckily, Congressman (Stephen) Lynch's office and Sen. (Ed) Markey's office have been super responsive. They've been in touch, at least with me and the State Department, to try to expedite things and get a new passport. Keep my fingers crossed and, hopefully, everything will work itself out."

If he is unable to get his expedited passport before the flight, his fiancée and all of their wedding guests will travel to Italy without him. If the passport does not come in time for Frattaroli to make it in time for the wedding, he will welcome his fiancée and the wedding guests when they return to the United States.

It appears some elected officials have come to their aid and a replacement is expected to be ready for them by tomorrow!

Dog with vegetables

Photo: PK-Photos / E+ / Getty Images

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