A GRANDMOTHER was reunited with her engagement ring more than 30 years after she thought her dog ate it.
Carol Kirk, 72, was gutted after losing her £1,100 band given to her by hubby Phil, 71, when he was just 17.
Phil, a retired engineer, had worked for his dad to save up so he could propose to the woman of his dreams.
He chose a drive-in movie theatre in 1968 to pop the question.
Then, in 1989, Carol came home and took off her ring to wash her hands – only to knock it off the counter before terrier Cassie "scoffed it".
The retired teacher rushed the dog to the vet for an X-ray and bought a metal detector, but couldn't locate her jewellery.
She even checked through Cassie's poo in the garden in a bid to find it.
But the gutted couple spent the next three decades believing their prized possession was gone forever.
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And the ring had almost entirely slipped their mind until they got a random all from their old neighbours in 2019.
Phil told the Sun Online: "Carol got a call from our old neighbour who asked her if she had ever lost a diamond ring.
“Yes, she said back in 1989. She went to the neighbours house and reclaimed her beloved ring."
The new owners were remodelling the kitchen when they found the ring stuck down the side of an old cabinet.
Carol was “absolutely thrilled” to be reunited with the token of their early days together.
Phil said: "The crazy dog had jumped at the sound of it hitting the floor and grabbed at the ring.
“They presumed it was outside some place. Time passed and they thought it was lost.
“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 down to the next generation after Phil and Carol decided to give it to their son for his fiancee.
The couple, of Missouri, US, will be celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary this year .
Phil added his secret to a long-lasting marriage is “love and mutual respect" – but also a bit of stubbornness and not wanting to give up.
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