A GRANDMOTHER has been reunited with her engagement ring more than 30 years after she thought her dog ate it.
Carol Kirk, 72, is devastated after losing the £1,100 band her husband Phil, 71, gave her when he was just 17.
Phil, a retired engineer, worked for his father to save money so he could propose to the woman of his dreams.
He chose a drive-in movie theater in 1968 to answer questions.
Then, in 1989, Carol came home and took off the ring to wash her hands – only to have it splattered off the counter before Cassie the terrier “mocked”.
The retired teacher rushed the dog to the vet for an X-ray and purchased a metal detector, but was unable to locate her jewelry.
She even checked Cassie’s poop in the garden for it.
But the biological couple spent the next three decades believing that their precious possession was gone forever.
And the ring was almost completely gone from their minds until they received a random one from their old neighbors in 2019.
Phil told Sun Online: “Carol got a call from our old neighbor who asked her if she had ever lost a diamond ring.
“Yes, she said in 1989. She went to the neighbor’s house and demanded her beloved ring back.”
The new owners were remodeling the kitchen when they discovered the ring was stuck under the wall of an old cabinet.
Carol was “absolutely emotional” to be reunited with signs of their early days together.
Phil said: ‘The mad dog jumped when he heard the sound of it hitting the floor and grabbed the ring.
“They assumed it was outside somewhere. Time seems to have passed.
“I was in bad shape. She was just focused on trying to take care of me and the kids.”
The ring, found in 2019, will be passed on to the next generation after Phil and Carol decided to give it to their son to his fiancée.
The couple from Missouri, USA, will celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary this year.
Phil adds that the secret to a long-lasting marriage is to “love and respect each other” – but is also a bit stubborn and doesn’t want to give up.
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