That sweet moment when a Dog played the best man's role at his boss' wedding (photos)

Dogs are no doubt man’s best friends, but this service dog takes it a few levels up when he walks as the Best Man at Justin Lanford and Carol Balmes’ wedding.

Daily Mail reports that what looked like an ordinary union became a very special one with the dog’s participation. Surely, the furry four-legged companion of Justin stole the spotlight and the hearts of the guests when he walked down the aisle.

Maybe a lot of you would be surprised to know that a dog, and not a human was the Best Man at a very memorable wedding. But once you learn the story behind it, for sure, you will give Gabe the service dog a two-thumbs up.

Justin Lanford said in an interview, “I was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and we were in eastern Afghanistan in early 2012. We struck an IED and it flipped my truck completely. I had bilaterally severed femurs which resulted in the amputation of my left leg.”abe, the Best Man at Justin’s wedding, is a service dog who matched with him years ago through the Warrior Canine Connection.

The whole process aims to help veterans deal with the post-traumatic stress disorder by connecting them with support animals. In the case of Justin, Gabe really is a good match.

“The less I use my wheelchair, the more I need his help in smaller tasks and the more he is there. It has been very comforting to know that. I have a prosthetic lubricant to slide my leg into place in the morning and he can retrieve that,” Justin said.

“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,” Justin said.

No wonder, Gabe was chosen as the Best Man because he truly is the one! With the help and support, he gave Justin, for sure the newlyweds are in for more beautiful memories with Gabe. What a very wonderful and inspiring story! Hats off to Gabe!


  1. This is so sweet indeed i feel like crying. tissues please

  2. I have always said it that oyibo people r mad. So none of his friends was good enough to be his best man, smh

  3. Nice, so creative and cool

  4. Some mumu Nigerians will go and do this too


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