Pet-Themed Proposals Help Guarantee a Yes
If you’re planning a Valentine’s Day marriage proposal, the key to your betrothed’s heart — and the yes you’re looking for — may be fuzzy and four-legged.
In the last year, we’ve seen plenty of pet-themed engagement stories, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites below. If you’re ready to tie the knot, take notes. And if you’re not, they’ll still warm your heart!
Will You Marry Me (And This Kitty)?
Ryan Bentley was pretty sure his girlfriend would agree to marry him. But he figured having help from a tiny gray rescue kitten would only bolster his case. With assistance from his girlfriend’s mom, Bentley scoured local shelters, looking for the purrfect kitty companion for his big day. “I just thought it would be a good idea to have something memorable with the proposal that we’d be able to keep and love,” Bentley told ABC News. “Plus, I had to make sure she was going to say yes.”
Following dinner at the restaurant where they went for their first date, Bentley and his girlfriend, Emily Beckett, returned to her apartment. Beckett had no idea that her mom had sneaked the sweet kitten into the apartment while she and Bentley were out. When they first got home, Beckett was so enamored with the kitten that she didn’t even notice her collar. It read, “Emily, Will You Marry Me?”
She did say yes (of course!), and the North Carolina couple plans to live happily ever after with the cat, whom they aptly named Amore.
Pug Proposal in the Park
What better way to pop the question than with a parade of Pugs? Londoner Ed Grant went to great lengths to include many representatives of his girlfriend's favorite dog breed when he asked for her hand in marriage. He planned his vacation to New York City with girlfriend Alexandra Justins knowing that it would be a great place to propose. So he decided on a bridge in Central Park as the setting and then contacted a local Pug meetup group.
He quickly found 16 Pugs willing to don pink heart-shaped balloons and meet him and Justins at the bridge in November. "If we see a Pug (which is often), then Alex chases it down the road to say hello. Her face lights up when she sees Pugs," Grant said. The dogs were waiting on the bridge when the couple arrived — and Grant got exactly the reaction he was looking for.
“It made an incredibly special moment even more memorable,” said the bride-to-be.
A Balancing Act
Some guys hide the ring in a dessert, but Trey Doig had a much sweeter place to display it: on his dog’s nose.
Jack, a 3-year-old Australian Cattle Dog, has a clear knack for balancing things on his snout. Photos of him with everything from stacks of cookies to an egg on his nose and head had gone viral last year. So Doig looked no further than his best friend when he wanted a fun spot to put the ring he bought for Nicole Lee in September.
Then Jack got to share the news with the world. "Hey Reddit, I'm Jack the dog who balanced household items on his head. My humans got ENGAGED this past weekend and I helped!!"
(While this is cute, we don’t actually recommend that you try this one at home. Jack’s talented, but rings are small, valuable and not to be consumed!)
The Paw Print Engagement Ring
Even if your pet himself isn’t in on the proposal, he can give it his seal of approval with this bridal set in the shape of his paw!
Created by Washington, D.C.-area jeweler Mervis Diamond Importers, the custom-made piece features an engagement ring with an upside-down heart-shaped stone and a wedding band featuring four oval-shaped diamonds that fits on top. When you put them together, the setting looks like your dog’s foot.
The original ring was designed for a groom who wanted to honor the relationship he and his girlfriend had with their two rescue dogs.
“Well, our thing is if anything in life is cute, awesome and/or extremely fun, it’s paw print official, meaning it gets the stamp of a paw print,” the man said in a letter to the designer.
“We grab the front paw of one of our dogs, make the stamp action with it and say ‘BAM, PAW PRINT OFFICIAL!’ Whenever I send her letters from Afghanistan, I always draw the little paw print in the corner, too," he wrote. "With this ring, it’s going to show her that I want to put the official stamp on our love.”
Sounds officially adorable!
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