For Kelly O’Connell, her dog Charlie Bear is an important part of her family, so of course he would play a role at her wedding, The Washington Post reported.
But the 15-year-old black lab mix was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year, and it looked like he wasn’t going to make it.
Charlie’s condition got worse after the diagnosis, and he suffered five seizures.
He was scheduled to be put down a week before O’Connell’s wedding to fellow veterinarian James Garvin, but miraculously, he got better.
Charlie made it down the aisle, but he couldn’t make it back. So O’Connell’s sister, the maid of honor, picked up the big dog and carried him.
“It meant the world to me,” O’Connell told The Washington Post. “I just kept saying, ‘you made it buddy, you made it.’ He just had a giant grin on his face.”
Photographer Jen Dziuvenis wrote about the moment in a Facebook post.
“There isn’t enough mascara in the world for these moments. Dog people are the best people.”
“This is what love looks like,” Dziuvenis told The Washington Post. “Love for family, love for animals, love for your sister. It was just the most touching display of that that I’ve seen, and it was spur of the moment, it just happened, because that’s how these people are.”
Charlie was put down a few days later, but he left this world having made his person’s day much more special.
After Charlie made his way back up the aisle with the help of the maid of honor everyone gathered around him. The bride stroked his face and told him how happy she was that he made it. The whole family (and the photographer …) cried their eyes out. The amount of love these people have for their animals is enough to restore anyone's faith in humanity. These are good people Charlie is one lucky boy.