Octogenarian Daisy Parker was devastated after losing her 50-year-old engagement ring — a sentimentally priceless peridot ring given to her by her late husband, Dell.
“I sat and had a good old cry,” Daisy told the Plymouth Herald. “It was as if the link I had with my husband was gone.”
Sixty-six years ago, when Dell proposed to Daisy after returning from duty in Britain’s Royal Navy, he couldn’t afford an engagement ring. Still, Dell accepted his proposal and they were married in 1948. It wasn’t until 16 years later — in 1964 — that Dell was finally able to give her the ring that she desired.
Daisy, who lives in Stoke, UK, wore the ring every day for 50 years, but then it went missing in August, about a month after her beloved Dell passed away.
She searched every nook and cranny of her home, but had no success. After two months of fruitless searching, she offered a £50 ($80) reward for anyone who could assist her in finding it.
And, this is where our hero enters the story.
A handsome Jack Russell pup named Russell and his owner were enjoying a cup of tea with Daisy at her home recently when the four-legged ball of energy started scrabbling around in the corner of Daisy’s living room. He knocked over a plant, tore through a pile of records and kept sniffing around.
“When we went over to sort it out, there was the ring,” Daisy told the Plymouth Herald.
Daisy insisted that she, her son and daughter-in-law had all turned that part of the house upside down in an effort to find the ring.
“I think we’ve got a little treasure hunter here,” she said.
Daisy made good on her reward offer. She gave £50 to Russell’s owner and made a special request: “I said that he has to have steak every night.”
The spry 84-year-old now has her ring back and a neat story to share with her three children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
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