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This Couple Has A "Tradition" Of Getting A Dog Every Anniversary And People Have Mixed Feelings

Some truly believe this should be the new "relationship goal."

Posted on July 6, 2017, at 3:27 p.m. ET

This is 22-year-old Neydi Romero and her husband of three years, 25-year-old Carlos Romero. They live in Bedford, Texas, with their three dogs.

Carlos Romero

They have celebrated every anniversary since their wedding day by getting a new dog. What was once a coincidence has now become a "tradition," Neydi told BuzzFeed News.

Carlos Romero

That's Teddy (left), Captain (right), and their newest family member, Chewy (the puddle on the lap).

"For our first anniversary Carlos brought in Captain without telling me," Neydi said. "Then for the second anniversary, we brought in Teddy. Me and Carlos were talking about how we get a dog every single year and we were talking about continuing with the tradition."

They'd recently celebrated their third wedding anniversary, so they adopted Chewy.

"I didn't want the last one," Neydi said about Chewy. But when she saw the conditions of his shelter, she couldn't say no. "He wasn't very safe, so we decided to bring him in."

Neydi said their inclination to raise a household of dogs is rooted in the fact that she was never allowed to have one growing up.

Twitter: @vodalic

"We've always liked dogs, but my mom never let me have them," she explained.

"As soon as I moved out and started my new life with Carlos, we knew we wanted a dog."

Neydi's sister decided to share this tradition, and their fast-growing family, on Twitter, where it's gotten quite a bit of attention.

My brother in law and sister get a dog every year for their wedding anniversary, they're on their 3rd year

A lot of folks joked about the future of the Romero household.

@vodalic And they lived happily ever after

Many people think this should be the new standard, or ~relationship goal~, for marriage.

@vodalic If my husband isn't up for this I don't want him

@vodalic @gucciihss RELATIONSHIP GOALS

They are tagging significant others or best friends, calling it a "brilliant idea" and hinting at possibly doing the same.

@JohnGilfillan_ @vodalic Is that a proposal x

But Neydi wants to remind these people that dogs are "living things" and not "presents."

@vodalic @joshh_tibbettss this is a brill idea 😊

"A lot of people look at dogs like presents," Neydi said. "Each dog I got, I knew the responsibilities I was getting into. All dogs have a capability of living a long life. I don't think some people — at least some younger people — realize they're living things."

@vodalic @amyfitzzz @SerialThrilla1 we must do this!

The Romeros have gotten their share of criticism as well, especially about how sustainable this tradition can realistically be. Neydi said she's planning on drawing the line at five dogs.

@vodalic This is honestly one of the worst financial decisions I have seen since Real Madrid signed Martin Ødergaard

"We’re going to try to push till our fifth anniversary, and from there we’re going to stop," she said, laughing.

The couple have discussed turning their home into a rescue foundation to foster dogs. "That's our goal," Neydi added.

"It makes more sense. If we keep going, it's going to be pretty wild. In a perfect world we would be getting dogs every year ... but it's the real world."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.