Eternally Grateful Veteran Makes Dependable Service Dog the Best Man at His Wedding

xU.S. Army veteran Justin Lansford married his sweetheart Carol Balmes in a wedding ceremony that was made all the more special thanks to man’s best friend. When preparing for this momentous event, Lansford chose to have Gabe, his 4-year-old service dog, by his side. The golden retriever was assigned to the veteran after an unfortunate injury while in Afghanistan. “We struck an IED and it flipped my truck completely,” Lansford told ABC. “I had bilaterally severed femurs which resulted in the amputation of my left leg.” Following this tragic incident, the soldier was given a prosthetic leg and introduced to his loyal companion Gabe. “He helps me with one thing to the next. I can use him as a stable surface to lean on, as I get to and from the ground. If I fall, he’ll come up running next to me and I can use him to push off of to get up off the ground.”

Because Gabe has become a key member of Justin and Carol’s family, it only makes sense that he would make an appearance at their wedding. It also seems that the golden retriever was the perfect wedding guest. Even the wedding photographer Brad Hall was impressed, as he jokingly told USA TODAY: “[Gabe] was easy, quite frankly, a lot easier than we typically see with groomsmen at most weddings.”

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(Via: My Modern Met)

All images via Brad Hall Studios and Justin Lansford.

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