For many reasons, Kelly O’Connell’s wedding day will always be memorable. The day she married her closest friend is, on the one hand, the happiest day of her life.
At the bride’s wedding, her dying dog passed away on the aisle. However, she had to bid farewell to a close friend named Charlie. Charlie Bear, a 15-year-old black lab mix, was unable to get up and follow his owner when
the ceremony started. Charlie Bear had been diagnosed with a brain tumor five months previously. He stumbled down the grassy aisle.
After picking up Charlie, O’Connell’s sister Katie Lloyd carried him across the path and positioned him in front of O’Connell and James Garvin, her new husband.
When O’Connell was just 12 weeks old, he first encountered Charlie Bear. It was love at first sight when he was taken to the animal shelter where O’Connell was employed while pursuing his studies to become a veterinarian after