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UConn Mascot Serves as Ring Bearer at Alumni's Wedding

Jonathan XIV was part of the wedding party for Daniel and Holly Bronko

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    UConn Mascot Serves as Ring Bearer at Alumni's Wedding
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    In a Sunday, July 8, 2-18 photo, UConn mascot Jonathan XIV poses with Daniel and Holly Bronko during their wedding in Simsbury, Conn. The Siberian Husky, who helped Daniel Bronko propose last year, served as an assistant ring bearer, carrying the ring box down the aisle on his collar.

    The Siberian Husky that serves as the mascot for the University of Connecticut is taking on another role: assistant ring bearer for two university alumni.

    Jonathan XIV, was part of the wedding party for Daniel and Holly Bronko last month as they tied the knot in Simsbury. He had the ring box on his collar as he walked up the aisle.

    Jonathan also was involved when Daniel, 24, surprised Holly, 28, with a proposal last year. The engagement video became a social media sensation.

    "It was my privilege to help these two get engaged and my honor to be at their wedding. Wishing you many many years of happiness. #studentstodayhuskiesforever," Jonathan tweeted after the wedding.  


    Daniel Bronko had reached out to Jonathan's handlers in advance of the engagement. He brought Holly to a favorite spot by the lake on campus, then dropped to one knee when the dog showed up with the engagement ring attached to his collar.

    The pair met in 2013 while studying elementary education and working at UConn's recreation center.

    The couple lives in South Windsor and are both elementary school teachers in Ellington.

    After Daniel kissed the bride, Holly bent down during the wedding photo shoot and got a lick on the face from Jonathan.

    Daniel said the pair plan to have a family, but he doesn't believe Jonathan will be invited to the delivery room.

    "For now, Holly has firmly put her foot down against that one," he said.

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