The happiest day of Coleen Garcia’s life was also a day of loss.
After being Coleen’s constant companion for almost two decades, Bambi the Teenager, her beloved dog, passed away last April 20, on her wedding day.
She shared a photo of Bambi on her Instagram account yesterday, April 29, and revealed just how special she was to her.
“#BambiTheTeenager was given to me as a gift for my 9th birthday,” the young actress started her story in her caption. “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.”
She shared that she’s had several scares regarding Bambi, as she had several health problems and almost passed a few times.
“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,” she wrote.
She continued, “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.”
Coleen then revealed that on the morning of her wedding to fiance-now-husband Billy Crawford, she received a text from their driver informing her that Bambi had passed away.
“How I felt was unexpected. I was purely filled with joy,” she wrote. “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. 🙏🏻” Coleen ended.
Rest in peace, Bambi.