- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2017
My ring went missing yesterday. Here’s the backstory:
We visited FI’s family over Christmas. We stayed at FI’s brother’s house. The brother has an adorable golden retriever but since my Fiance is allergic to dogs, we always tried to keep the bedroom door closed to keep the dander out. The brother’s wife would open the door (even though she knew why we wanted it closed) as she said it made the room too stuffy and hot. It was a bit of a battle the 4 days we were there, so we said to ourselves that we would stay elsewhere next time. The wife is a neat freak and would go into the guest bedroom we were staying in and clean up after us, like make the bed and fold our clothes that were sitting out. It made us feel a bit uncomfortable and my Fiance did say something to his brother, who said she’s never done that with house guests before. But since it was Christmas, we didn’t want to make a big deal about it.
I have a ring holder that I use at home next to my bed as I don’t sleep with my ring on. I actually have several ring holders as I baby my ring a lot and take it off to wash my hands, or wash dishes because it’s a split shank and bulky. But at FI’s relative’s houses I kept it on for those things. I forgot to bring my ring holder with so I put the ring in a paper dixie cup when I slept and the cup was on FI’s side of the bed as my side did not have an end table.
Yesterday we all slept in as we had a long weekend. I heard my Fiance get up earlier to use the bathroom and when he came back he didn’t lock the door, just closed it. The brother’s wife opened the door to wake us up and when she did, the dog came running in and jumped on the bed. She was so excited to see us so I got up and started playing with her. Fi was annoyed that his SIL woke us up and let the dog in; apparently his brother was a bit annoyed with her behavior as well as it was obvious she did not want us staying there for whatever reason.
Long story short, as we were eating breakfast (we went right down in our pajamas), I realized my ring wasn’t on. I went upstairs to retrieve it and the SIL was stripping the bed. The cup was laying on its side on the end table. My ring was not in the cup. The dog kept following me as she wanted me to play with her more while I scrambled looking for the ring. I asked the wife if she had seen it and she said “yes, it’s beautiful!” and I asked if she saw it just now. She said no. It was so strange because she continued to make the bed while I was in a complete panic looking for my ring.
My Fiance and his brother heard the commotion and came upstairs. The three of us scoured the room and the wife did eventually join after she made the bed. We went through the old sheets, we looked everywhere with a flashlight – nothing. Everyone kept asking me if I was sure I took it off and put it in the cup and I know I did.
We were running behind now to catch our flght so his brother kept looking while we got ready. I was trying not to cry and kept retracing my steps. Then Fi asked out loud if maybe the dog had eaten it. His SIL said there’s no way the dog ate it. His brother said it’s a possibility but she’s never taken any jewelry before that they know of.
My Fiance asked if they would be willing to take the dog in to get an xray and we would pay for it. His SIL flipped out and said no way. His brother said he would be willing to, and it started a huge fight between the two of them. The brother suggested trying to get the dog to vomit and that caused his wife to get more mad. We didn’t have any choice but to leave and go to the airport. His brother drove us and said not to worry, he would take the dog in today when the vet was open and watch her poop.
I feel so stupid. I wish I had just kept the damn ring on my finger and dealt with the swelling overnight. My Fiance has been great and he’s not worried as it’s insured. We haven’t called the insurance company yet as we’re waiting for his brother to get back to us.
Has anyone heard of a dog eating an engagement ring? That’s the only logical conclussion we could come up with. Fi said jokingly that maybe his SIL took it as he noticed she really liked it and she acted weird the whole time we were there. I told him we cannot think that; most likely the dog ate it but it was some strange circumstances that it went missing.
I feel like a complete idiot.