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Augusts 12, 2016 – Pictures: US War Amputee Uses Service Dog As Best Man

The ordinary wedding ceremony of ex-US army officer Justin Lanford and Carol Balmes which held in Florida a while back became a very special one with the participation of this lovely service dog.

The 4-legged companion of Justin  Lanford stole the spotlight and the hearts of the guests when he walked down the aisle.

Justin who lost his leg in an IED attack in Afghanistan back in 2012 said the service dog named Gabe has been a compassionate and very caring companion .

“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 that is why I used him as my Best-man,” Justin said in an interview



  1. Maryf

    August 12, 2016 at 10:23 PM

    Nice one. Dogs are man’s best friend. I love dogs, they easily understand their owners.

  2. Metu Nyetu

    August 12, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    IF I WOULD not see this as one of those perverse oddities of the west, I would have to say that the man did not just want a best man, and only felt like strolling with his loyal dog. Otherwise, when humans have before now flouted all propriety and gotten married to animals, is it a dog best man, or best dog, that would shock me?

  3. huchennar

    August 12, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    @maryf one of my best commentors on this forum said “Nice one. Dogs are man’s best friend. I love dogs, they easily understand their owners.” i was at first shocked but later became calm because she cannot be criticized for her opinion but i must say dog is an animal and an animal will always be an animal (dog is no man’s friend) i would have liked it if you had putted it this way “dogs are man best pet”… substituting a man for a dog is a bad idea (my opinion) the dog may be everything to you for all i care but human will always be human. I don’t think it is right let not start encouraging this act it a bad one…


  4. betty

    August 13, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    this white can be funny, using dog as a best man there is nothing one wldnt hear or see. wonders

  5. fifelomo

    August 13, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Dogs are ever faithful. Nice one.

  6. Big Aunty Koks

    August 13, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Was it one of the stories on this blog we read that a man ” married” his “phone? Well, this lstory appears to be an improvement on that other story because a dog is a living thing that breaths and moves on its own. Nevertheless, traditionally a groom has a bestMAN who is usually best friend or friend of the groom. The demands of that friendship extends beyond standing with the groom at his wedding ceremony but sometimes includes signing as witness during the documentation of that marriage.
    After the wedding ceremony, the bestMAN often is the person reminding the new husband that his BEHAVIOUR should be in line with his new status in order not to upset his wife etc. these expectations can only be handled by humans so I don’t think having a dog play the role of bestMAN at a wedding is appropriate. However, different strokes for different folks so who are we to object?
    Irish the couple Happy Married Life!

  7. D Hunter

    August 13, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    If Justin Lanford were to be a Nigerian, he would surely have come from Calabar.

    The Americans are setting both good and bad examples. But all in all…

    My strolling continues…

  8. Koolz

    August 13, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    Happy Married Life Couple… Wishing you both a prosperous, fruitful and joyful home. God bless you marriage.

    What else can I say? Absolutely no time criticism.. They look good all dsame… Nice One!

    #LGO: Life Goes On#

  9. Caleb

    August 13, 2016 at 3:46 PM


  10. sola olaniyi

    August 15, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Dogs are faithful sha

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