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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Getting a puppy / marriage proposal

Hi everyone,

I came across these forums today...what a great resource! Back in college I got a male golden.......his name is Izzo and he is the best! When I graduated college in 2007 I moved for first "real" job and was living downtown in a big city. So, I left my pup with my parents and after a few months it was pretty clear that they were hooked on each other.

I have been dating my girlfriend for 3+ years and I am going to be proposing. I am going to be proposing with a golden puppy....I haven't picked him out of the litter yet, but will be able to take him home on November 20th. Orginally I thought about tying the ring to his collar but then I became nervous that it would fall off, etc. SO, I think I will get a dog name tag with "will you marry me on it?"

My question is, HOW do I present / surprise her with the puppy??? I have all my friends and family trying to help me come up with ideas, but so far I haven't come up with anything really good.....

Thanks in advance for any ideas someone may have...

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Congratulations on both counts! Dog ownership and marriage are two very big issues to be tackling in conjunction with one another. I like the idea of asking someone to marry you with a puppy.... but it brings up a few questions that a lot of people hate HATE HATE to ask in this situation.... but I'm a dink so I'll do it.

Did you buy this puppy knowing that you've just comitted 15 or so years to him? Is your future fiance on board with a new puppy? If she says "No" then what?
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Glad it was asked... is the wife to be into dogs and ok with a golden (if not there must be something really wrong with her!).

That being said, perhaps getting an engraved collar tag (if you go to an engraver they can do it for you) and a nice leather collar for it, when the time is right put it on him and then let him do the rest...

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Oh my goodness...your girlfriend is the luckiest girl on the PLANET!!!! As long as you both agree that you want to make a long commitment, understand that pups are A LOT OF WORK and that the puppy's parents have all necessary health clearances.
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Oh yes, she is on baoard. And like I said before, I've had a golden before and have anxiously been waiting for the right time to get another one. We had it planned out that we would get a golden once we were enganged and had a house. We have been living in separate cities (about 2 hours apart) for the last year because of a job transfer I accepted last year. I currently lease a townhouse and the lease is up in April and we are planning on buying a house prior to that. Once we are enganged she will start looking for jobs on this side of the state. So until that occurs, it will be 100% on me to take care of the dog during the week. But, I've had a puppy before so I know exactly what I am getting myself into. LOL.
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Oh Wow! I hope I get proposed to with a Golden Puppy one day!

Well as you know, Golden pups are wriggly little monkeys! I like your idea of the dog tag - you would probably be okay with the ring if you tied it really tightly but I'd still have visions of the puppy swallowing it!!!!

Hmmm it's a tricky one! I'm trying to imagine if someone proposed to me with a Golden puppy - it would be pretty overwhelming! Perhaps it would be good if you made sure the pup was asleep peacefully looking really cute! (Once he's awake it's gonna be chaos for the next YEAR!) Or maybe you could liase with your breeder and take your girlfriend with you to collect your pup and have the pup already wearing the dog tag???

Braccarius has some good points to consider too...do please let us know how you get on! And TAKE PICS!
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Not sure how you should go about it, but we should have some puppy playdates once you get your puppy! I'm in Farmington Hills. My fiance and I have a 9 month old Golden puppy...wow, wait. 10 months old on Monday. Time flies! Which breeder are you getting your puppy from? Good luck with your proposal!
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Congratulations! My DH always wanted to propose to me with a puppy, luckily I knew his plan and said no way! We were both in grad school and were totally not ready for a dog. Now, 11 years later we got our puppy.

I like the tag idea, or get a fake diamond ring and tie that one on to the collar while you hold the real one!
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Oh yes, she is on baoard. And like I said before, I've had a golden before and have anxiously been waiting for the right time to get another one. We had it planned out that we would get a golden once we were enganged and had a house. We have been living in separate cities (about 2 hours apart) for the last year because of a job transfer I accepted last year. I currently lease a townhouse and the lease is up in April and we are planning on buying a house prior to that. Once we are enganged she will start looking for jobs on this side of the state. So until that occurs, it will be 100% on me to take care of the dog during the week. But, I've had a puppy before so I know exactly what I am getting myself into. LOL.

I honestly don't think it matters HOW you propose with a puppy.... you can't lose ;-)
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Oh oh oh oh I have ideas!!

One of my friends tied a ringbox to the dogs collar and sent him over with it, but that might be tricky with a tiny puppy, but maybe something to consider? Otherwise here are a few ideas I have!

Walmart photo center has A LOT including dog things. You could try Pets Mart too for engraved stuff but putting that all on an actual dog tag might be tricky unless you get a few lines. You'd have to get online and try each tag to see if you could do it. Walmart photo center has "dog tags" (as in human dog tags) and you could put it on that and attach that to the dog. OR you could order a personalized dog collar that just says "marry me" oh oh oh or if you know someone that can sew try having them make the pup a sweater or shirt that says either "marry me" or "lets be a family" or "mommy marry daddy?"

as for the how... you can go for a nice walk or picnic and just have fun and be romantic and arrange it for your puppy to either run to you guys or have a close friend/relative walk the puppy up behind her. Or you could snuggle in front of a fire at night after a fun day and arrange for the doorbell to ring, hop up and come back with the pup. Or you could invite her for a drive (or when you go to pick her up) have the puppy already sitting in her seat? Or you could do the classic big box with tiny puppy. Or tell her to grab your jacket from a room and have the puppy in the room waiting for her.

Either way yay about the puppy and engagement. I think no matter how you do it she will be really happy and excited. But you defintely have to let us know how it does end up going down! OH and we want pictures!! we're pretty puppy picture happy around here BTW welcome to Golden town

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