Puppy Helps Man Propose Marriage, Leads to First Family Portrait

From the DogHeirs.com archive comes this sweet marriage proposal, aided by none other than an adorable German Shepherd puppy.

When Gavin wanted to ask his girlfriend to marry he wasn’t sure if he wanted to get her a puppy first or a ring. But with help from his friend (and photographer), Kyle, he decided on both.

“Meet Ava May, waiting patiently at a bench me and my fiancée sat at on our second date two years before,” says Gavin Phillips.

Gavin Phillips

Ava May at a special bench. “…notice the ring on her collar.”

Ava May with a ring

Gavin Phillips

“Obviously my buddy was with her while I was going to get the girlfriend. She thought that the surprise was we were going on a walk.”

Gavin Phillips

“She froze when she saw the puppy. ‘Oh my god, you got me a puppy?’

Gavin Phillips

Gavin Phillips

“She thought the surprise was over.”

Gavin Phillips

Puppy love.

Gavin Phillips

She hasn’t noticed the ring yet.

“This is when she notices my best friend off to the side with his camera, about the same time I told her to look at the collar.”

Gavin Phillips

Noticing the photographer…

Gavin Phillips

Proposing…

Gavin Phillips

“Had a little trouble getting the ring off.”

Gavin Phillips

“So I asked…”

Gavin Phillips

“..and she said yes!”

Gavin Phillips




Gavin Phillips

They’re wiping away the happy tears.

Gavin Phillips

“My gorgeous fiancée!”

Gavin Phillips

Seal the proposal with a kiss…

Gavin Phillips

Gavin Phillips

It’s time for the “First Family Portrait.”

Gavin Phillips

“The ring…& Ava May!”

Gavin Phillips

“My Proposal” photos and text reprinted with permission from Gavin Phillips. This article originally appeared on DogHeirs.com on September 4, 2013.

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