Dogs Trust

Rescue dog is best man at owner's wedding after saving his life

An ex-Dogs Trust West Calder resident that spent nine months in kennels, was the guest of honour at his owner’s wedding this week, after helping them turn their life around. Chris McCarron from Motherwell, adopted Rottweiler Jack after his son tragically passed away three years ago and a chance encounter at the rehoming centre resulted in Chris meeting Margaret, who became his wife on Wednesday [19th June].

Chris had been taking Jack out for a walk at the West Lothian rehoming centre, in order to build up a close bond before giving him his forever home, when Margaret noticed them both. She had been looking for a dog of her own and was aware Jack had been at the rehoming centre for some time; so exchanged numbers with Chris so she could keep in touch to find out how Jack was settling into his new home.

Chris said:

“I had been grieving over the loss of my son for a long time and it definitely had a huge impact on my life. I had gotten divorced, sold my business and it felt like I lost any real sense of purpose.

“I decided to give a rescue dog a home for some companionship and the first time I met Jack, I knew it was fate and he’d end up coming home with me. Not only has he added so much value to my life, but he also introduced me to Margaret; so, although people say I rescued him, it was Jack who really rescued me.

“Having a dog is so rewarding because they love you unconditionally and can often be your reason for getting up in the morning. I think it is fitting that Jack was the best man at our wedding because he has been a true friend and member of the family. My wonderful wife and I are thankful to have him in our lives and although we haven’t decided on a location for our honeymoon yet, we won’t even consider it if Jack can’t come with us.”

Susan Tonner, rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust West Calder, said:

“There is nothing we love more than pairing a dog with their forever home, and Jack’s story epitomises just how much joy our canine friends can bring into our lives, even during difficult times.

“We are delighted to hear that Jack has been diligent in his duties as best man; and everyone at the rehoming centre would like to wish Chris and Margaret all the happiness in the world.”

Chris and Margaret held their wedding at the Civics Centre in Motherwell with an intimate ceremony. Chris had gotten his late son’s ring altered as his wedding band and a recording of his late brother singing was played as the couple walked down the aisle.

If you are interested in adopting a rescue dog, please get in touch with the team at Dogs Trust West Calder on West Calder on 01506 873459.