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Old 06-02-2014, 04:39 PM
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Default A Doggie Proposal

So as of Saturday, I am officially engaged to an amazing man! The proposal revolved around dogs *of course* so I had to share!

I had no idea what any plans were for the day, but on Saturday morning, we got up, had lunch at an awesome organic grille, gives me some GORGEOUS earrings then he takes me to the zoo. I had no idea we were going there. I knew I needed a bathing suit already and found out during an orientation that we were in a group of 8 to get to interact with the dolphins in the pool & feed them + ask for cute behaviors (and pictures). SWEET.

We finished up there after a few hours and seeing a dolphin show and he takes me to the ultimate dog show that runs 4 times throughout the day at the zoo. I knew three of his good friends were the trainers running the show. Got to meet two beforehand, and sat down to watch.

Didn't really think he'd be proposing during the show for some reason, but one of their acts involves a volunteer from the audience bringing an article into the arena and hiding it, then taking their seat again. They bring a few dogs out and "compete" in time to find the article, then track the scent back to the individual in the audience who left it.

So Tim (tracking dog handler) asks for a volunteer. Willy says, you should do it. I say no. I turn back and Tim is pointing at me, calling me up specifically. I realize at this point it's a set up. So I go up there, hide my purse, and take my seat. They bring one dog out, he finds it. They bring the most amazing tracking beagle out, he finds it, and then Willy's friend Christina brings him to start searching for me. They leave the arena and he's looking, makes one wrong turn and then bounces back in my direction. I was floored at his skill in such a distracting environment. He starts to walk by me, turns around and sits (his alert) and the crowd starts cheering. Willy's friend Christina hands him a headset and Tim, who is also on a headset, asks "what's that on Sam's collar? " or something to that effect and Willy takes a knee, grabs the collar off (which says "Marry me Danielle" and has the ring attached) says some sappy words, and asks me to marry him in front of the entire audience. I say yes. He hired a photographer so most of these pictures are from the rogue photography in the audience.

He made the collar (out of contact colors- the colors for our wedding) and he sent it to his grandma to embroider, then she mailed it back and he gave it to his friend with the ring a few days ago to hold onto for the show- I thought it was perfect and clever that he made it himself, too!

So, I now get to call Wildo my fiancé! I'm pretty **** ecstatic about it - moving to Indianapolis in a few months with the dogs! On to the pictures...

fancy by DJetzel, on Flickr

wetsuits by DJetzel, on Flickr

Dolphin Kisses by DJetzel, on Flickr

Sam alerting and returning my purse
prop by DJetzel, on Flickr

Willy getting the collar off of Sam
prop6 by DJetzel, on Flickr

"Is this really happening?"
prop7 by DJetzel, on Flickr

I was shaking pretty bad.
prop5 by DJetzel, on Flickr

Reading the collar
prop4 by DJetzel, on Flickr

Cue tears.
prop3 by DJetzel, on Flickr

With the trainers
prop1 by DJetzel, on Flickr
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:40 PM
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The collar w/ ring
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The collar, with ring
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:21 PM
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How stinking CUTE! Huge props to him for creativity!
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:22 PM
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That is ridiculously cute and thought out! I teared up a little, <3 Congratulations!

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Old 06-02-2014, 05:27 PM
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So creative!! CONGRATS!

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Old 06-02-2014, 05:43 PM
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That is the CUTEST thing EVER. Congratulations again! I'm so excited for you!

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Old 06-02-2014, 06:09 PM
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So stinkin cute!

Also, I know that curly haired dog trainer, Christina! Small world!

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Old 06-02-2014, 06:13 PM
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SO adorable and well thought out!

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Old 06-02-2014, 06:48 PM
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That was a nicely done proposal
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Old 06-02-2014, 07:20 PM
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