This past weekend, Justin Lansford was set to marry his longtime girlfriend and high school sweetheart, Carol Balmes. Instead of bestowing the ultimate “bro” honor of best man on a friend or family member, Lansford did something quite special: He asked his loyal therapy dog Gabe, to stand by his side on his wedding day.
You see, Lansford is a U.S. Army veteran and former paratrooper who lost his left leg when he was wounded in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2012. Upon his return home to Florida, Lansford was paired with Gabe–a then two-year-old golden retriever. Gabe had recently graduated from the Warrior Canine Connection, a nonprofit that pairs wounded vets with support dogs who help their brave buddies improve their symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.
Gabe’s been by his side ever since, so why shouldn’t he stand by his best pal on the most important day of his life? We love this sweet gesture, and guarantee you will too.
Watch the video to learn more about this helpful dog and his caring human–both heroes in our book.