Kelly O’Connell adopted Charlie Bear when he was just a pup.
She was 19 at the time, living in New York state. Charlie, a 12-week-old black lab mix, had been found in a shopping cart, in the middle of winter.
She wasn’t looking for a dog to adopt, but she saw Charlie in the shelter one day, and she just knew.
“It was just kind of like, yeah he’s mine,” O’Connell said.
Time went by. Years, really. Kelly moved to Colorado. Charlie came, too. They were like two kids, Kelly said. Then Kelly met James Garvin, and the two moved in together. (Charlie came too, of course.)
O’Connell and Garvin, both veterinarians, got married this September. And they wanted Charlie to be there.
But Charlie, who was 15 years old, had been diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year.
His condition had deteriorated. And it was clear Charlie wouldn’t live much longer.
“I had actually made an appointment for somebody to come to the house and we were going to put him down a week before the wedding, because he had had five seizures and we were just like ‘this is too much, I don’t want to do this for him anymore,'” O’Connell said. “Eventually, it was almost as if he was like ‘no I want to see this.’ He got better.”
Charlie did attend the wedding. He made it down the aisle, O’Connell said. But he couldn’t make it back. That was when O’Connell’s sister, the maid-of-honor, swooped down and scooped him up. She carried him down the aisle herself.
“There isn’t enough mascara in the world for these moments,”Jen Dziuvenis, the wedding’s photographer, wrote on a Facebook post. “Dog people are the best people.”
“The world,” O’Connell said of her sister’s effort. “It meant the world to me.”
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