Romance is in the air! In honor of Valentine’s Day, we asked for your love stories—at least the ones where Fido or Fifi played matchmaker.
Love at First Sight
Almost a year after college, I took a new job, a nine-to-fiver, in a city about two hours away. Within a few months, I got a miniature Poodle puppy and named her Polly. I soon came to think of Polly as the Dennis the Menace of the dog world. She was a sweet and friendly ball of energy, but was very precocious. She was always a step ahead of me, getting herself into trouble, too smart for her own good.
Polly had only been mine for a few months when she took matters into her own paws and chose me a husband. Henry and I were introduced by a mutual friend, and it was love at first sight—between Henry and Polly, that is. Luckily, the feelings between us two humans soon followed, and we were married two years later. Polly even attended our church wedding. It just wouldn’t have been the same without her there.
—Kim Sheard, Fairfax, VA
One Last Favor
My beloved Rottweiler, Trooper, played matchmaker for me from beyond the grave. In the mid-’90s, my law-school girlfriend Ashley and I moved in together and decided to get a new puppy, Trooper. Sadly, before Trooper’s first birthday, Ashley and I underwent an acrimonious break-up. Trooper came with me, and the two of us spent the next 12 wonderful years together. Ashley and I never saw each other or spoke during all of those years. In March of 2007, after numerous health problems, I had to put Trooper to sleep. I sent out cards with a collage of Trooper photos to various people who had played a special role in his life, and in the cards I referenced a website I had created centering around Trooper. I decided to send Ashley a card to let her know that Trooper was gone and thank her for the years that I had with him due to our agreement to adopt him all those years ago. Ashley received the card, began posting on Trooper’s website, and eventually we reconnected in person. We married six months later. It was one last favor from my wonderful dog.
—Charles Wallace, Chicago, IL