For the past 15 years, Labrador Charlie and his owner Kelly were best friends. But in April, the animal was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Charlie had an increasing number of seizures and suffered badly from chronic pain. Kelly and her fiancé, wanting to ease the poor dog's suffering, prepared to put him to sleep. But just a week before Kelly's scheduled wedding ceremony, the Labrador suddenly got better. He had no seizures and could walk like a healthy dog.
Kelly adopted Charlie when he was only 12 weeks old. The girl interned at the shelter where the puppy, found in a shopping cart, was brought. "I wasn't looking for a pet. I was 19 years old, living with my parents and studying at college. It was the worst time of my life. But I saw a puppy and I knew I was taking him home."
Kelly and Charlie grew up together and even moved from New York City to Colorado.
In 2010, Kelly met James Garvin, a vet and a father-of-two. Soon Kelly and James started living together. "Charlie was getting everything he wanted. The only thing missing was a family. Once I met James, we started living as one big happy family," Kelly says.
Last April, the Labrador was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The disease progressed rapidly, and Charlie had increasingly frequent seizures. Kelly couldn't bear seeing Charlie suffer, so she decided to put her pet to sleep.
But just a week before the wedding, the dog felt much better. Charlie had no seizures and was able to walk around independently. The ceremony was scheduled to take place on September 1, and Charlie was one of honored guests.
Kelly couldn't stop telling her pet: "You've made it, buddy, you've made it!"
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By the end of the ceremony, Charlie was exhausted, but the bride's sister Cathy Lloyd decided to carry him in her arms. By the way, the pet weighed about 90 lbs!
The guests were moved to tears as Charlie was carried away. "I think he was happy to be at the ceremony. Obviously he didn't understand what was going on, but he was with his family."
On September 9, Charlie was put to sleep. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family. These wedding photos will always remind Kelly of her best friend.
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