Service Dog Stands as Best Man in Owner’s Wedding Day


When a bride and a groom plan their wedding, they want to share that special day with their friends and loved ones, and when your best friend is a dog, you want to make sure your pet is also part of your wedding.

Gabe, a Golden Retriever from Florida is U.S Army veteran Justin Lansford’s service dog. The pet is not only a certified service support dog, he is also Lansford’s best friend and as such he had the honor of standing up as best man in Lansford’s wedding.

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In 2012, the Army veteran was injured by an IED explosion while he stationed in Afghanistan. The explosion flipped the vehicle Lansford was in and severed his femurs. As a result, the soldier’s left leg had to be amputated.

The veteran recovered back home and was paired with Gabe, then two years old and a recent graduate from the Warrior Canine Connection (WCC). The dog and the soldier soon establish a strong bond and became inseparable. Gabe even helped Lansford propose to his girlfriend Carol Balmes.

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On October 3, 2015, Lansford and Balmes tied the knot in Largo, Fla. and Gabe was there to stand by his best friend.