Seahawk Aaron Curry that is. It turns out the newly drafted Curry has a love besides football, his black lab Ali.
He made a promise that the first thing he was going to do after signing a pro contract would be to get another dog. The great news is he kept his promise and got a new pup, and because of his love of dogs there may be more additions in the future.
“When I get older, I’m going to get dogs, and they’ll be my dogs, and nobody will tell me what to do with them,” a teenaged Curry said to his mom.
He used to bring home strays — his mom remembers a dalmatian and a cocker spaniel in particular — and give them a temporary place to stay while permanent homes were found.
“He just loves dogs,” his mom said.
Last month his fiancee, Jamila, gave him a yellow lab and Chesapeake retriever mix for his birthday. Luckily, Jamila is also a dog lover because if she wasn’t I don’t think she would have accepted his marriage proposal.
They were leaving her apartment last month when a small package arrived. Curry took the package and went back inside. He came out and asked Jamila to check Laila’s kennel, telling her it was her turn to clean up the pup’s mess.
“In my mind, I was thinking: ‘Why can’t you do it? It’s your puppy,'” Jamila said.
She checked and there was nothing to clean up.
“Are you sure?” Curry asked. “Check in the back.”
So she did. And there in the back of the kennel was an open box with her engagement ring.
Curry dropped to one knee and proposed. Then he apologized to her, saying, “Sorry it wasn’t more romantic like all the people on TV.”
But she thought it was perfect because it included their dogs.
“I’m a dog lover, too,” Jamila said. “It was unique to us both.”
I’m thinking the “cleaning out the dog cage proposal” wouldn’t work with everyone. Luckily in this case it worked out perfect. The couple is now house hunting in Seattle, their main priority being a fenced in yard.