Charlie Bear, a 15-year-old black lab mix battling a brain tumor, lived just long enough to see his human get married earlier this month.
Charlie became her "best friend." The two of them "grew up together" and moved from New York to Colorado.
Charlie Bear was diagnosed with a brain tumor last April after having a seizure while on a walk. The prognosis wasn't good.
One week before the wedding, Charlie had five seizures, and seemed to be suffering quite a bit. O'Connell and Garvin made arrangements for him to be put to sleep.
But, during the week leading up to the wedding, he had no seizures, no trouble walking, and "seemed like a whole new dog," O'Connell said. She thought he might actually make it to the wedding.
"I just thought, I want him to see this," she said.