Graduation is a pivotal moment in every person’s life. A memorable moment that for many people, signals moving on to adulthood or the next phase in their lives. But for a group of students at Horseshoe Bend School in Alabama, graduation was an experience they will never forget for a very funny reason. It was their special day, but the moment was completely upstaged by a surprise guest at the ceremony. That guest is someone named Charlie. Charlie is a sweet dog that belongs to Logan Branch, one of those graduates who lives near the school. Throughout the entire school year, Charlie would wander away from his home nearby and find his way over to the school. He loved to visit and say hello to the students in between classes and on their breaks. He held a special place in the hearts of every student there.
But Charlie’s owner was soon wrapping up his time at the school where the dog loves to visit. But Charlie decided he needed to make one last trip to the school for old time’s sake. He managed to leave his mark that day—in more ways than one. In the middle of the graduation ceremony Charlie made his appearance, which was a surprise to everyone in attendance, including his own family. That wasn’t the only surprise that happened that day. He stood around for a few minutes and the students were all trying to contain their laughter. Charlie really brought down the house with his next move though: he lifted his leg and relieved himself on a fern that was a decoration. That’s when the entire class erupted in laughter.
The grads knew what was happening when Charlie approached the plant. No one was more embarrassed than his owner, however, who covered his face in shame as Charlie “marked his territory.”