A Brisbane tradie has unexpectedly found fame online after his friend posted video of him proposing to his girlfriend and it went viral.
The clip, filmed yesterday, has already been viewed 88,000 times since it was posted on the website Reddit under the title "the most Aussie proposal ever".
In the footage, John McCormack, 33, can be heard talking to his solemn-looking 15-month-old black Labrador retriever, who has a pink box tied to its collar.
"Okay Spud, it's your time to shine - whatever you do, don't eat the box," he says.
John then gets his Scottish girlfriend Sarah Leighton, 25, to call Spud upstairs.
She discovers the box with a diamond engagement ring inside, and is struck speechless with tears welling up in her eyes.
"So what do ya reckon? Do ya wanna get married?" Mr McCormack asks.
The couple share an emotional kiss but, with his question still unanswered, Mr McCormack then jokingly pushes his girlfriend for a response saying: "Is that a yes or what, a--hole?"
Laughing and crying tears of happiness Ms Leighton says, "Yes, if you wanna marry a retard".
Mr McCormack told ninemsn he had been planning an elaborate proposal at a rugby match or during a hot-air balloon ride.
But when Ms Leighton, a nurse who was born in Scotland and moved to Australia four years ago, broke her ankle at work he had to come up with something closer to home.
"I had a few good ideas going through my brain but she's got a broken ankle so all those plans sort of went out the window and I just thought I better get on with it, so I used Spud," he said.
John's friend Mike Younger, who posted the proposal video on Reddit and other sites last night, said he was stunned when he woke up the next morning and saw it had gone viral.
"I thought this might just get a hundred views not tens of thousands!" Mr Younger said.
"I messaged John and Sarah this morning and told them about being 'internet famous' and they are pretty excited hahaha... Spud however, is indifferent."
The couple has not yet set a date for the wedding.
Author: Alys Francis. Approving editor: Emily O'Keefe.
Source: John McCormack.