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15-Year-Old Dying Dog Lives To See Owner Get Married
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15-Year-Old Dying Dog Lives To See Owner Get Married

A while back, when Kelly O’Connell was working at an animal shelter, a 12-week-old black lab named Charlie was brought in after being found in a shopping cart. Kelly wasn’t looking for a dog at that time, but… “He came in, and I was like, ‘Yup. I’m taking this puppy home,’” Kelly said.

As time went by, Kelly met James Garvin, and they fell in love. Kelly and James (both veterinarians) got married this September, and they wanted 15-year-old Charlie to be there. Sadly, Charlie had been diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year, and he was very weak. He had 5 seizures the week before the wedding, and Kelly was getting ready to put him down.

Then suddenly, the week of the wedding Charlie had no seizures. He “seemed like a whole new dog,” O’Connell said. And guess what? He DID make it down the aisle. But he couldn’t make it back… That was when Kelly’s sister picked him up and carried him. The moment was so emotional, everyone burst in tears. “James and I just grabbed onto him, and we just kept saying, ‘You made it, buddy, you made it,’” Kelly said.

A bit over a week later (September 9th), Charlie was put down. He died peacefully, in front of the fireplace at home and surrounded by his loving family. “It was a phenomenal 15 years. That’s for sure,” Kelly said.

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15 years ago someone found a black lab abandoned in a shopping cart outside a grocery store and brought it into a shelter where Kelly O’Conell was working

Kelly wasn’t looking for a dog at that time, but… “He came in, and I was like, ‘Yup. I’m taking this puppy home.’”

As time went by, Kelly met James Garvin, and they fell in love. They were getting married this September and wanted 15-year-old Charlie to be there more than anything

Sadly, Charlie had been diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year, and he was very weak… He had 5 seizures the week before the wedding

Then suddenly, the week of the wedding Charlie had no seizures. He “seemed like a whole new dog,” O’Connell said

And guess what? He DID make it down the aisle. But he couldn’t make it back…

That was when Kelly’s sister picked him up and carried him

Kelly said she could “see it in his eyes” that Charlie held on in his final days just for her – “I think he was really happy to be there”

September 9th Charlie was put down. He died peacefully, in front of the fireplace at home and surrounded by his loving family. “It was a phenomenal 15 years. That’s for sure,” Kelly said

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Catalina Ioan
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Damn ninjas cutting onions again...

Luis Milian
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

even though I'm crying....I'm happy to know that Charlie had a wonderful owner and made him part of her life.

Evisa Isabella Rose
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lay down. Try not to cry. Cry a lot... <3

Panpan
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rest in peace, Charlie.

Bryan Roberts
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are not tears... *runs to cry in the bathroom*

AJ
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dogs are sent to remind humans what love should really be like.

Pemberton
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aside from the sad story, I got a bit confused who's who... At first I thought the woman (carrying the black lab) and the guy in the 3rd picture were the bride and the bridegroom. But judging from the 5th picture, the bride is the woman who isn't wearing the blue cardigan. The guy in the 3rd pic is maybe the best man?

Amelie Lysell
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I remember right, that's the brides sister. She offered to carry the dog down the aisle since he couldn't walk very well

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Juls Robertson
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's the one 'bad' thing about having pets, (I know the feeling)........I have a picture of every one of mine on the wall so I still see them every day.......and yes, 'blow them a kiss or share a giggle', I know......I'm crazy! So sorry for your loss, he IS a very handsome boy.......ALOHA* & WOOF RIP

Leesipher
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a cool lady, kind hearted. And the love for her best friend is amazing

Jozua
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A great dog and A great owner.

heychi
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

:( Rest in peace Charlie.

Ashley Farrell
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can we not say put down, it's so harsh, how about "let go of" or "was sent to the rainbow bridge", great story though I'm glad this pup had a wonderful, love filled life

Katinka Min
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I WANT MY DOG TO LIVE FOREVER, DAMMIT!!! <3 *goes to cuddle pooch*

Brad Adams
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like Charlie had a wonderful life thanks to a lovely caring person. RIP little Charlie.

fluffy_ninja_owl
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn't want to cry today but this is an exception

Âm Bên Em
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it's heartbreak to see your beloved pet died.

AnnieLaurie Burke
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Must be pollen in the air today. My eyes just kept watering. A lot. RIP, Charlie, you beautiful soul!

Laurel Morris
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so sweet. He knew he got to be a part of something special.

varwenea
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sobbing... at work... closing office door... Tears...

Colleen Young O'Gorman
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that's what you call a very loving pet owner....RIP Charlie you crossed over the rainbow bridge, now maybe playing with my handsome dog Rocky,

Sasha Bharti
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who the hell is cutting onions!! I can't stop the tears!!!! X X

mahsima
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

TU BP, Im not gonna read this, wont look at is pic and story, cant handle such things any more

Vlasta Konvičná
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I'm sorry for the husband. Supposedly most beautiful moment of their life is taken away by grief...

over opinionated
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It was enhanced by the gift of her best friend being there with her that made the day perfect for them. The dog wasn't long for this world at that point and they would have had to feel that loss anyways. The husband I'm sure wanted it that way if for nothing else then to make her wedding as perfect as possible. I feel more sorry for both of them for such a sad turn of events on what is supposed to be there happiest day.

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Catalina Ioan
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Damn ninjas cutting onions again...

Luis Milian
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

even though I'm crying....I'm happy to know that Charlie had a wonderful owner and made him part of her life.

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lay down. Try not to cry. Cry a lot... <3

Panpan
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Rest in peace, Charlie.

Bryan Roberts
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are not tears... *runs to cry in the bathroom*

AJ
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dogs are sent to remind humans what love should really be like.

Pemberton
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aside from the sad story, I got a bit confused who's who... At first I thought the woman (carrying the black lab) and the guy in the 3rd picture were the bride and the bridegroom. But judging from the 5th picture, the bride is the woman who isn't wearing the blue cardigan. The guy in the 3rd pic is maybe the best man?

Amelie Lysell
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If I remember right, that's the brides sister. She offered to carry the dog down the aisle since he couldn't walk very well

Load More Replies...
Juls Robertson
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's the one 'bad' thing about having pets, (I know the feeling)........I have a picture of every one of mine on the wall so I still see them every day.......and yes, 'blow them a kiss or share a giggle', I know......I'm crazy! So sorry for your loss, he IS a very handsome boy.......ALOHA* & WOOF RIP

Leesipher
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a cool lady, kind hearted. And the love for her best friend is amazing

Jozua
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A great dog and A great owner.

heychi
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

:( Rest in peace Charlie.

Ashley Farrell
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can we not say put down, it's so harsh, how about "let go of" or "was sent to the rainbow bridge", great story though I'm glad this pup had a wonderful, love filled life

Katinka Min
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I WANT MY DOG TO LIVE FOREVER, DAMMIT!!! <3 *goes to cuddle pooch*

Brad Adams
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like Charlie had a wonderful life thanks to a lovely caring person. RIP little Charlie.

fluffy_ninja_owl
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I didn't want to cry today but this is an exception

Âm Bên Em
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it's heartbreak to see your beloved pet died.

AnnieLaurie Burke
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Must be pollen in the air today. My eyes just kept watering. A lot. RIP, Charlie, you beautiful soul!

Laurel Morris
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so sweet. He knew he got to be a part of something special.

varwenea
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sobbing... at work... closing office door... Tears...

Colleen Young O'Gorman
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

that's what you call a very loving pet owner....RIP Charlie you crossed over the rainbow bridge, now maybe playing with my handsome dog Rocky,

Sasha Bharti
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who the hell is cutting onions!! I can't stop the tears!!!! X X

mahsima
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

TU BP, Im not gonna read this, wont look at is pic and story, cant handle such things any more

Vlasta Konvičná
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6 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

I'm sorry for the husband. Supposedly most beautiful moment of their life is taken away by grief...

over opinionated
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It was enhanced by the gift of her best friend being there with her that made the day perfect for them. The dog wasn't long for this world at that point and they would have had to feel that loss anyways. The husband I'm sure wanted it that way if for nothing else then to make her wedding as perfect as possible. I feel more sorry for both of them for such a sad turn of events on what is supposed to be there happiest day.

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