Coleen Garcia loses her "guardian angel" on wedding day

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Coleen Garcia's pet chihuahua, Bambi, passed away during her wedding day. Despite being saddened by the loss of her "guardian angel" for 17 years, Coleen feels happy that Bambi fulfilled her most fervent request.


On her wedding day last April 20, 2018, Coleen Garcia bid goodbye to her "constant companion" for almost 17 years.

Around 8:26 a.m. on the day she exchanged "I Dos" with Billy Crawford, the bride received a message from her driver that Bambi, as she fondly calls her pet chihuahua, had passed away.

Bambi, who’s blind, deaf, and can only smell a little bit, actually fulfilled Coleen’s request: to wait until her wedding day.

In her YES! Magazine interview last September 2017, Coleen said, “So every time, I’d whisper to her since a long time ago, and I’d tell her to at least wait until she could give me away on my wedding day.”

“Binubulong ko sa kanya ’yon every time, like, nanghihina siya or nagkakasakit siya.

“Binubulong ko talaga sa kanya na antayin niya naman na maipamigay niya ako sa wedding ko.”

Her dog, as Coleen described in her Instagram post last January 4, 2017, “has been my guardian angel since I was 9 yrs old…

“If you know me personally, you'd know this. She's been the most consistent thing in my life, and even when I had nothing & no one, I had her.

“I can never put her love & loyalty into words, and I don't know what I would do if anything ever happened to her.”

#BambiTheTeenager has been my guardian angel since I was 9 yrs old. For 15 yrs, she's been with me through my struggles and my happiest & most important milestones (this photo was taken when I got engaged!), and she still never fails to comfort me when I need it most. If you know me personally, you'd know this—she's been the most consistent thing in my life, and even when I had nothing & no one, I had her. I can never put her love & loyalty into words, and I don't know what I would do if anything ever happened to her. This is how much this DOG means to me. Anyone who truly loves their pets knows the joy they bring. ? This is why it's so painful to hear about the controversy surrounding the MMFF film, "Oro". Can you imagine the fear in your furbaby's eyes & the pain in his cries if he were to be stuffed into a sack, beaten to death, skinned & gutted—and filmed for everyone to see? ???? People condemn & protest against the Yulin Festival, and they get angered by people who upload videos of themselves harming animals. How is this any different? Because it was done for "art"? Because it happens in real life anyway? I know it's based on reality & it does happen in the Philippines, but is that enough to justify the fact that an innocent life was brutally ended for this purpose? It's unbearable enough that this even happens at all, and people already decry the act. Why join in when we know better ???? Those who work in this field know that there are countless ways in which that scene could have been executed effectively without harming a single soul. In pursuit of authenticity, you lost your humanity. Don't get me wrong, I've heard great reviews about "Oro" & I don't doubt the superb quality of the film in its entirety, as well as the competence of its actors, and the message it conveys.. But I do hope that this never happens again. This isn't something that we should ever encourage. Or even allow. We were made to be better than this. ???? (Sorry for the long post. I'm not the type to speak up, but if things go unsaid this time around, people might just let it slip & think that this is okay. It is NOT okay. Lend a voice to those who can't speak for themselves. ????)

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Mrs. Crawford wrote on her Instagram post today, April 29, “On the night before we had to leave for the wedding, I saw how weak she was. It broke my heart.

“I hugged her and prayed to God, thanking Him for her life and companionship; for using her to remind me that I was never alone, and that someone was always watching over me.

“I thanked her, too, and I told her for the first time ever that it’s okay for her to rest now...

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“I prayed to God that if it were to happen, I just hoped that it would happen while we weren’t home so that I wouldn’t have to see it.”

She continued, “How I felt was unexpected. I was purely filled with joy.

“I couldn’t even find it in me to be sad because I felt it would make me so greedy.

“How could I ask for more when God has blessed me with this much?

“She left me not a day before, not a day after, but waited until the actual DAY of my wedding. How amazing is that?

“All the tears I shed for Bambi now are never sad; only tears of joy and gratitude at the thought of God ushering me into this new chapter of my life, after all the turbulent times I have had to endure in the past.

“A clean slate, a new beginning.”

Rest in peace, Bambi!

#BambiTheTeenager was given to me as a gift for my 9th birthday. Ever since that day, I sincerely believed that she was my guardian angel because she was the most constant and consistent partner I’ve ever had in my life. Only a handful of people know what I’ve been through in my life, and all of them know the role that Bambi has played in it. I could tell countless stories about her, and almost everyone who’s known me for a long time has probably already met her. Way before I met @billycrawford, I’ve had several scares and thought I was going to lose her, but she proved to be the strongest little baby. I always told her, ever since I was a little girl, to never leave my side until the day I get married. Over and over. Time passed, she turned 5.. 10.. 15... almost 17 years old, and she grew very weak, but I would tell her as often as I could that I was still hanging on to her promise for her to be here until I get married. On the night before we had to leave for the wedding, I saw how weak she was.. It broke my heart. I hugged her and prayed to God, thanking Him for her life and companionship; for using her to remind me that I was never alone, and that someone was always watching over me. I thanked her, too, and I told her for the first time ever that it’s okay for her to rest now... I prayed to God that if it were to happen, I just hoped that it would happen while we weren’t home so that I wouldn’t have to see it. Days passed. On the morning of my wedding, April 20, 2018 at around 8:26am, I woke up to a text from our driver, telling me that Bambi had passed away that same morning. How I felt was unexpected. I was purely filled with joy. I couldn’t even find it in me to be sad because I felt it would make me so greedy. How could I ask for more when God has blessed me with this much? She left me not a day before, not a day after, but waited until the actual DAY of my wedding. How amazing is that? All the tears I shed for Bambi now are never sad; only tears of joy and gratitude at the thought of God ushering me into this new chapter of my life, after all the turbulent times I have had to endure in the past. A clean slate, a new beginning. ????????

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