My dream Italian wedding is in doubt after a major passport disaster – pet owners be warned

AN ENGAGED couple have warned pet owners after their cheeky golden retriever ate one of their passports days before their dream wedding.

The eighteen-month-old chickie – short for Chicken Cutlet – may have put a damper on Donato Frattaroli and Magda Mazri’s plans to tie the knot in Italy later this month.

Eighteen-month-old chickie ate part of her owner's passport


Eighteen-month-old chickie ate part of her owner’s passportPhoto credit: Newsflash
Donato Frattaroli's passport was destroyed by his Golden Retriever puppy


Donato Frattaroli’s passport was destroyed by his Golden Retriever puppyPhoto credit: Newsflash
Magda Mazri and Donato plan to tie the knot on Lake Garda, Italy


Magda Mazri and Donato plan to tie the knot on Lake Garda, ItalyPhoto credit: Newsflash

The Boston couple are now unsure if they will celebrate their Aug. 31 wedding at La Torre di San Marco, an ancient watchtower overlooking Lake Garda.

Days earlier, on August 17th, Donato and Magda had just filled out some forms for their wedding before coming home and left the passport on the counter.

That’s when Chickie decided Donato’s passport was her new toy and got her owner’s travel document after jumping on the counter.

“Our extremely cute golden retriever decided that maybe she wouldn’t want us to go away to get married, so she jumped on the counter and decided my passport was a nice new toy to play with,” she said the groom.

After noting that the most important pages in the passport were now shredded, he said he didn’t think he was “that polite,” but added, “I mean, she’s a year-and-a-half-old Golden Retriever puppy who.” Perpetrator couldn’t be cuter.

Magda, who works in medical device sales, contacted the offices of her congressman and senator, who were then reportedly in touch with the couple.

Donato, whose family owns several restaurants across Boston, said he might be seen in Atlanta before flying back to Boston to catch the flight to Italy.

It usually takes eight to eleven weeks to get a new passport. With an expedited application, however, the application can be made in five to seven days, or even earlier in an emergency.

Donato, who has been with Magda for four years, said, “I’ve heard in some cases you could walk out the door with a passport.”

“To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I would leave this office without one.”

“The most important day of my life is coming up, I have to make sure I’m there for it.

“It’s almost like the ‘dog ate my homework’ excuse, but with slightly bigger consequences.”

Donato’s father was born in Gardone Riviera before immigrating to the United States at the age of 14.

The couple is expecting 86 guests from the United States, four from Australia, four from Italy and four from Morocco.

Donato and Magda weren’t the only couple to experience wedding nightmares ahead of their big day.

Catherine Batista sobbed after receiving a Japanese straightening treatment for her hair three weeks before her wedding, which caused her hair to fry and break.

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Taking to social media, the bride-to-be had tears streaming down her face as she wondered how she could save her hair for her wedding day.

Catherine revealed that she had naturally curly hair that she had straightened with one treatment for years with no problems, only this time she went to a completely different hair salon – and it didn’t go well.

Chickie shredded the most important pages in Donato's passport


Chickie shredded the most important pages in Donato’s passportPhoto credit: Newsflash
Donato could potentially be spotted in Atlanta hoping to land another pass


Donato could potentially be spotted in Atlanta hoping to land another passPhoto credit: Newsflash

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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