Father makes dog his best man after meeting wife at rescue centre

Grieving father who adopted a Rottweiler after the death of his son makes the pooch his best man after meeting his wife at the rescue centre

  • Christopher McCarron, 69, from Lanarkshire tied knot with Margaret Allison, 56, 
  • They first met after Chris picked up his pet from West Calder Dog’s Trust centre
  • Adorable photographs have captured the dog acting as best man at the wedding
  • Groom adopted dog to help ease grief after son died from heart attack  

A father, who adopted a dog to help cope with the grief of losing his son after he died from a heart problem, made his pet his best man after the Rottweiler helped him find love again.

Christopher McCarron, 69, tied the knot with Margaret Allison, 56, on June 19 in a civil ceremony in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.

The pair first met after Christopher picked up his pet Rottweiler, Jack, from the Dog’s Trust centre in West Calder, with the retired businessman promising to keep Margaret updated on the pooch’s progress.  

And adorable photographs have captured the moment the beloved rescue dog performed his best man duties at his devoted owner’s wedding. 

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Christopher McCarron (pictured with his wife and pooch), 69, tied the knot with Margaret Allison, 56, on June 19 in a civil ceremony in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire – and he had his pet dog right by his side as his best man

The mostly well-behaved Rottweiler sat quietly through the short ceremony, wearing a mini tuxedo attached to his collar, while Christopher held his lead. 

And the pooch even sneezed when Christopher said ‘I do’.

Christopher said: ‘We had a lovely sentimental day, and Jack played a big part. He loved it, he really did. I wouldn’t have considered getting a rescue dog because of his age – he’s around six.

‘But when he went up to me, we just clicked. Little did I know that I’d meet my future wife at the rescue centre too.


The pair (pictured on their wedding day with their pet) first met after Christopher picked up rottweiler Jack from the Dog’s Trust centre in West Calder

Adorable photographs capture the moment the beloved rescue dog performs his best man duties at his devoted owner’s wedding

‘I don’t believe that I rescued Jack – I think he rescued me. When we decided to get married, Jack had to be there.’

Christopher adopted Jack after the death of his son, Chris Jnr, 43, who died three years ago following heart problems.

In the wake of his son’s death, Christopher, who had sold his business and got a divorce, hoped that getting a dog might help him recover from his grief. 

The grandfather-of-five was immediately won over by Jack, who had been at the rescue centre for nine months. 

The rescue rottweiler is fed treats throughout the ceremony by his devoted owner Christopher


Christopher adopted Jack (pictured on the wedding with his owners) after the death of his son, Chris Jnr, 43, who died three years ago following heart problems

Christopher and Margaret sign their marriage certificate following their small ceremony at Motherwell Registry Office

And in a sweet twist of fate, Christopher met his new love, Margaret, while out walking Jack there – and promised to keep her informed about the dog.

Romance blossomed and the newlyweds now consider Jack, aged around six-years-old, to be a part of their family. 

Margaret, a care home worker, had been initially looking to rescue a small dog at the re-homing centre but didn’t find anything suitable. 

She said: ‘When Chris said “I do”, Jack sneezed, as if to say “I do too”. He was a star – he posed for all the pictures.


The grandfather-of-five was immediately won over by Jack (pictured rushing ahead of his owner, left, and right, wandering off during the ceremony), who had been at the rescue centre for nine months

 While Jack was mostly well-behaved during the wedding, the curious rottweiler couldn’t help but wander off on occasion


In a sweet twist of fate, Christopher met his new love, Margaret, while walking Jack out of the rescue centre – and promised to keep her informed about the dog (the couple pictured with their pet after the ceremony)

‘The registrar said it was the first time he’d seen a dog being the best man. We did think about Jack carrying a cushion with a ring.

The loved-up grandmother-of-four added: ‘He had his wee tuxedo on but he went in the garden and got a bit mucky.’ 

The ceremony was very small with 15 guests including staff from the Dog’s Trust, and the couple went out for a meal in the evening to celebrate.

Chris added: ‘This is our family now, me Margaret and Jack.’

Chris (pictured walking with his now-wife and pet) explained: ‘This is our family now, me Margaret and Jack’

Christopher and Margaret showcase their wedding rings following their beautiful ceremony

Rottweiler Jack pictured in his adorable mini tuxedo, which is attacked to the front of his collar

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