Puppy love — A pet-friendly proposal

Brandt Rasmussen and his fiancee Janna Schmuck live in North Branch and are busy making wedding plans for Sept. 20, 2014. “It wasn’t a surprise that I had my wedding planned out in my head,” Schmuck said. Photos supplied

Brandt Rasmussen and his fiancee Janna Schmuck live in North Branch and are busy making wedding plans for Sept. 20, 2014. “It wasn’t a surprise that I had my wedding planned out in my head,” Schmuck said. Photos supplied

Most girls dream of having a fairy-tale wedding when they grow up. For Janna Schmuck, a 22-year-old North Branch native, that dream will soon become a reality, thanks to one very special puppy named Charlie.

Her fiancee, Brandt Rasmussen, 22, was also born and raised in North Branch. Their love story began at a young age.

According to Rasmussen, “It’s no surprise that Schmuck and I had met in high school. I was a junior and she was a sophomore; we’ve been sweethearts ever since.”

Schmuck explained that Rasmussen’s philosophy for proposing was to psych her out. He tried his best to make her think it was never going to happen. Rasmussen would always say he didn’t believe in marriage, Schmuck said.

Brandt purchased the heart-shaped dog tag with the words “Marry me?” at Chuck & Don’s pet food store. The couple decided to name their new puppy Charlie.

Brandt purchased the heart-shaped dog tag with the words “Marry me?” at Chuck & Don’s pet food store. The couple decided to name their new puppy Charlie.

Amazing proposal

“The proposal was like a fairy-tale moment you think about when you’re younger,” Schmuck said. She had been dropping hints, and they had even discussed the topic. “He said he wasn’t going to do it, because I would know when it was going to happen.”

The night before the big moment, Rasmussen told Schmuck he had to work in the morning. She was still sleeping when he left for work on Saturday, March 23, so imagine her confusion when she awoke to the sound of the garage door opening.

“I came running into the living room to find Brandt running up the stairs with this little puppy,” Schmuck said. The heart-shaped dog tag around his neck was inscribed with two simple words: Marry me?

Schmuck could hear the song “Marry Me” streaming in the background. Completely in shock, she could hardly believe this moment was really happening. “If this is a joke, it isn’t funny!” she exclaimed.

The puppy – named Charlie by the couple – “was the most special gift for such an exciting moment in our lives.” Rasmussen also showered Schmuck with two dozen roses, a gourmet breakfast, and of course, a diamond ring. (Schmuck said yes!)

The future

The couple has set a wedding date for Sept. 20, 2014. Schmuck would love to have both their dogs take part in the festivities. Claire, 4, is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and was the first dog the couple bought together. “They are a huge part of our family,” she said.

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