As tears welled up in their eyes Maria and James told us that their decision to get married was a bittersweet moment in their lives. A couple of years prior to when we first met them Maria had been diagnosed with bone cancer. Her prognosis at the time was not encouraging, but there was a ray of hope. Maria was able to obtain two specially-trained “service dogs”—Rosie and Max—that would be with her as constant companions, giving her comfort and aid in doing certain simple tasks that would eventually become harder and harder for her to do on her own. By the time she and James met, Maria and the dogs had become inseparable.
At the ceremony, Rosie and Max took their positions and—like Sam—played out their roles to perfection. Thanks to a close friend who was in the costume business, Rosie was dressed in a maid of honor outfit and Max was dressed in a best man tux. Rosie and Max were an essential part of the ceremony and everyone present at the ceremony knew it—including Max and Rosie!