A Paws on Parole Engagement
Gainesville, FL-- Paws on Parole is a familiar story here at TV20.
We've covered all sorts of pet adoptions but never one quite like this.
Here we have a story about one special engagement where the bride to be wants a puppy instead of a diamond ring.
"What a wonderful, young couple," said Program Officer Debra Scott.
Like many young couples who fall in love, Rachel and Craig want to get married.
Except, unlike many couples, these two are very nontraditional.
"We're doing something to celebrate each other in our engagement rather than the typical engagement ring.. big, fancy expensive diamond," said Rachel Rollo, who is adopting a dog.
And instead of a diamond, this bride to be chose a dog.
"I've never really been a super believer of the engagement ring, especially because only the girl gets to wear it. So I thought it would be cool if we could do something to celebrate our engagement that would be for the both of us," said Rollo.
The couple decided to adopt from the "Paws on Parole" program.
Blake Sheldon is a boxer mix and a soon to be graduate of the 27th "Country Mutts Academy."
"Blake has a great personality, he's real bouncy, and his freckled nose just tells it right there, he sparkles," said Scott, who spent a lot of time with Blake while training him.
"We were thinking we were going to wait a couple more months to get engaged, but when we looked at the current class and we saw Blake we were just like 'okay, lets go for it this time,'" said Rollo about the first time she and fiance Craig saw Blake.
Rachel and Craig have also decided on a nontraditional way to be showered with presents.
Because of previous donations, their adoption fees were covered and they would like to be able to do the same for the next academy.
"As our gift registry, an option instead of getting a gift would be to make a donation to Paws on Parole. We're also thinking that we'll make a donation instead of giving out party favors, we'll make a donation and give something to everybody about Paws on Parole," said Rollo.
Through the adoption of Blake, Rachel and Craig will begin their lifetime commitment to each other.
With wedding bells and puppy love in the near future, they are excited for the new chapter in their lives.
"It's wonderful when you get to see a true animal lover and somebody thats so loving and giving, and thats the best thing, you know. That's what makes animal adoptions work, that what makes our program work, you know, people that are really in love," said Hilary Hynes, Program Coordinator.
For Rachel, its not about the carat or cut… its about the canine.
Rollo and Decker plan to get married on February 15th 2014.
Blake will be in attendance with a customized bowtie collar.
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