When it came time for this maid of honor to walk up the aisle, her unexpected actions left the bride and groom in tears. This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
Dogs are an important part of every girl’s life. And for Kelly O’Connell, this is especially true. Kelly was only 19 years old when she rescued an abandoned Labrador Retriever puppy she found in a shopping cart.
Kelly named the pup “Charlie Bear” and he has faithfully remained by O’Connell’s side for the last 15 years. The loyal pup even inspired Kelly to become a veterinarian. But the road hasn’t been easy since Charlie was diagnosed with a brain tumor back in April.
Kelly O’Connell and her now-husband James Garvin, both veterinarians, agreed it was imperative that Charlie be a part of their wedding.
It was a beautiful ceremony, but Charlie Bear was fighting for his very life. The elderly dog was desperate and determined to be by his master’s side on her big day.
After the ceremony, it became clear that Charlie was too weak to walk back down the aisle.
But Katie Lloyd, the bride’s sister and maid of honor, couldn’t bear to watch Charlie struggle. So Lloyd took matters into her own hands.
“The aisle was really short and I am just not a chick to be messed with. People were telling me to just leave him because he obviously was like ‘Aunt Katie, I can’t.’
That’s when I yelled ‘I’m not leaving him!’ and picked him up and bolted.
He is so big from all his steroid treatments. I think everyone backed off so sister could carry her nephew dog,” Lloyd wrote in a comment on Facebook.
The bride and groom were overwhelmed with emotion as they realized that Charlie was nearing the end of his life.
“Both of us just dropped to our knees and started crying. To see him be carried a few feet, it kind of solidified for me that it’s not the Charlie he liked to be. He was aging, and it hit me knowing that he lost a lot,” O’Connell told ABC News.
The wedding guests choked back the tears as photographer Jen Dziuvenis captured the emotional moment.
“I was like, ‘I have to keep shooting even though I’m in a puddle of tears behind the camera’. It was a story,” Dziuvenis said.
Charlie Bear died on September 9th — just one week after the wedding. He was determined to live until his master’s big day.
“Charlie is headed over the rainbow bridge … It was such a blessing to have him at the wedding. We wouldn’t be feeling this much pain if our pets didn’t give us so much joy. He was a very sweet dog. He loved everybody, but I was definitely his person,” Kelly wrote.
What a beautiful story. I just couldn’t hold back the tears! Thank God for dogs, they are truly a gift from heaven. Please share if sweet Charlie Bear’s story touched your heart today.
When God Made Dogs
“When God had made the earth and sky,
The flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals,
The fish, the birds and bees.
And when at last He’d finished,
Not one was quite the same,
God said, ‘I’ll walk this earth of mine,
And give each one a name.’
And so He traveled far and wide,
And everywhere He went,
A little creature followed Him,
Until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth,
And in the sky and sea,
The little creature said, ‘Dear Lord,
There’s not one left for me.’
Kindly the Father said to him,
‘I’ve left you to the end,
I’ve turned my own name back to front,
And call you DOG, my friend.'”