Post # 1
Recently we had to put our dog down. I say our because she became just as much his as she was mine for my single years.
Roxy was my baby I loved her more than anything in the whole world…til I met my fiance of course…He fell in love with her immediately. She was sick for a while with Lymes Disease but seemed to be doing better for a few months.
All while I was single and dating and then of course dumping the guys I was dating I would keep telling her well he’s not the daddy I was looking for for you. And everytime I left her at home I would tell her that I was off to find her a daddy.
So on the last weekend she was alive and I was down helping my sister with her wedding plans my fiance and Roxy sat down and had a little talk. Bryan told her that he had just bought the ring and that he was going to ask me to marry him. (we talk to our animals a lot…dont’ judge us!) He told me that as soon as he said that to her she wouldn’t stop licking/kissing his face.
That wednesday she started to throw up blood and by Friday we had to have her put to sleep.
To us it was kind of like she knew I was going to be ok and that it was ok for her to stop fighting.
An idea we have for our favors is to print up pictures of us with her and on the back explain to our guests that instead of a traditional favor we have made a donation in their honor to the animal shelter i got her from in South Carolina.
Part of us wants to tell the story of Bryan talking to her about proposing to me in a nice happy way but we’re scared its too sad. What do you think? And do you have any ideas how to say that in a happy way?
Please let me know what you think?
Post # 3
I am a huge dog lover so of course your story touched my heart!! Personally when I go to a wedding I never remember to take the wedding favor with me unless it is something quite large. So your idea of donating to the humane society is too cool! And I feel it is very important to put your story on the back. I think that is a detail that your guests will always remember from your wedding. They may forget what they had for dinner or what your wedding colors were but they won’t forget your engagement story.
Christine Anderson/Take it Personally by Christine
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery
I’m sure many of your family and friends know what Roxy meant to you 🙂 I think this is a great idea to honor Roxy and help other dogs. The story of Roxy being excited when Bryan told her about proposing made me smile, I don’t think it is too sad.
Post # 5
I agree. Your story is really sweet. And to second the first post, I think that the donation is way better than any favor you would give.
Post # 6
Ohhh, EmilyB!!! *hugs hugs hugs hugs* I am sending you as much supporting-bee-love as I can!!!
I don’t know how I could deal with that so close to the wedding. My finance and I talk to our dog too, don’t you worry. She is so much our child my parents call her the "granddog".
Having revealed my bias, I will say that I see your idea as being a great addition to your reception. I think it is just as sad, but just as appropriate as the candles and flowers on the empty seats that everone who honors parents/granparents/other relatives they have lost and wish could be at the ceremony and reception. Your dog was like a family member, it only makes sense to honor her in the same way! Plus anyone who has known you guys or your dog should find it a touching addition to your shared, most personal day, knowing how much you love her. Even if they didn’t, how could someone be upset with a donation in their name???
Post # 7
I’m sooooo sorry for your loss, but I love the idea. We, too, have conversations with our dog. And I’m sure anyone who knows you knows how much you love(d) her, so I don’t think it would be weird or sad. If you approach it as a celebration of her life, I can’t think of a better way than to celebrate it on the first day of your new lives!
Post # 8
I think it is a wonderful and very kind idea. I’m sorry for your loss. We have 3 hounds at home too, one is a rescue Basset. I think you have a very good and unique idea and you should definately go for it.
Maybe you could have the master of ceremonies tell the story for you? and just give everyone the picture. (it would be too hard for you or your fiance to tell it – have the MoC tell it – make it short though – then back to ‘happy times’ for the rest of the evening.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale
I just teared up at work. I think it is such a great idea. I got my little guy from an animal shelter before I met the Mr. and I don’t know what either of us ever did without him! He is such a huge part of our lives.
I say it will be a touching jester at you celebration. Go for it.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2018 - Millenium Biltmore Hotel
That story is so sweet, and brought me to tears. I don’t think the idea you have for favors would be too sad at all. Actually, Mr. G and I are very much considering giving to a local animal shelter and another local charity in lieu of wedding favors. We have a little mutt, Emma, and she’s a major joy in our lives. I’m so sorry to hear about Roxy.
Post # 11
to agree with everyone, you should definately do that…of all the wedding favors i’ve gotten, it has always either ended up in the trash or it’s buried somewhere that i can’t find it now…and your story (though it brought me to a bit teary eyed – we love love love our dog too), is a perfect story, go for it, you’d be surprise how many people will love it.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2018 - Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey
My condolences about Roxy. I think your favor idea is a beautiful way to honor a creature who played a very important role in your relationship. And it speaks volumes about you and your fiance that you thought to do this and to allow your guests to share the love you had for your dog. Jellyby (our little shih tzu) gives you kisses.
Post # 13
I think it’s a wonderful idea! Not sad- maybe bittersweet, but definitely touching.
Post # 14
We went through a similar experience recently with our beloved Molly. My daughter is doing a similar thing except that she is making a donation to a few other organizations in memory of those close family members who have passed. If fact, her something blue is Molly’s dog collar that will be wrapped on at the top of her bridal bouquet.
So, I think it is a great idea.
Post # 15
Thank you all so much for backing us up with this, we’re definitely going to do it because you guys are all behind us on it.
(my mil is the one who gave me doubts…)
And promise me you’ll never take you dogs for granted because they are gone from us much too quickly!
Post # 16
Aww what a cute story! I think its great that you’re doing the donation thing…so many wedding favors end up just getting left/thrown away/etc, but yours will be meaningful. 🙂