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Wolfe Dream Carriage, horses turn heads in Allegheny Township

| Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, 11:06 a.m.
Valley News Dispatch
Bill and Doris Wolfe enjoy one of the several horse-drawn carriages that they own, donate for certain events, rent and maintain at their farm in Allegheny Township, Thursday October 4, 2012. Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
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Bill Wolfe Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Valley News Dispatch
Doris Wolfe Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Valley News Dispatch
Bill Wolfe stands with horses Diamond and Jewel while his wife, Doris, sits on the drivers seat of one of the several horse-drawn carriages that he and Doris own, donate for certain events, rent and maintain at their farm in Allegheny Township. Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch

ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP — Bill and Doris Wolfe base their business on making memories that last a lifetime. Along the way, the couple has found a way to pay respect to those who have sacrificed their lives.

The couple owns and operates Wolfe Dream Carriage from their Allegheny Township farm. The business offers horse-drawn carriages for weddings, funerals and other special events.

“Anybody that was anybody, this is the way they were buried,” Bill Wolfe said on a recent sunny autumn afternoon as he stood by a pair of his horses, the pearl gray sisters, Diamond and Jewel.

“And anybody who gets married — that is, anybody who has horses,” Doris Wolfe added.

The Wolfes decided early on that they would offer their services free of charge to police, firefighters and paramedics who die in the line of duty.

“We thought it would be the right and honorable thing to do,” Bill Wolfe said. “And that's what we do.”

Wolfe Dream Carriage has participated in a number of funerals for fallen police officers, among them, the services for Lower Burrell police officer Derek Kotecki, who was killed in the line of duty last year.

“That's a way of respect,” Bill said. “That's why it's such a nice thing to do for the police officers because it's a way of showing respect to him because he was willing to lay down his life for us.”

The Wolfes donate their time and their horse-drawn teams to community and church events when they have the time.

Whether an ornate white carriage like the kind used at Disney World weddings or a dignified black caisson for funerals, the carriages are pulled by two horses of the same color.

One thing is certain. Those horses turn heads.

“A single horse, people will glance,” Bill said, “but when you see matched teams, people look.”

The Wolfes take their horses nearly everywhere they can — as many as nine Light Up Night events, which they are a part of each holiday season. The celebrations Wolfe Dream Carriage takes part in range from ones in Avonmore to West Newton to downtown Pittsburgh.

But such celebrations aren't the only places the Wolfes have taken their teams. Once, Bill said with a laugh, he did take a horse and carriage through the McDonald's drive-through.

Kidding aside, the Wolfes, who have both loved horses since they were children, agree that the business they started about 10 years ago is a dream come true.

“There are people that say it's a lot of work,” Doris said. “But I say it's a lot of joy.”

Julie E. Martin is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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