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A hard situation about a boy who lost his mother and a new puppy helped him cope. Years later the new wife is pregnant and anxious around the dog and wants him rehomed. What will dad do?
A Reddit user shares his story of his wife acting weird around his son’s dog and ultimately trying to get rid of it, but it’s just not that simple.
Man’s Best Friend
The original poster (OP) explained that when his son was eight years old, they got a dog. The dog is half Great Dane and half unknown. OP’s son loves the dog and handles all of the dog’s care aside from veterinary care. The dog is the son’s best friend. OP’s wife is twelve weeks pregnant, and ever since the pregnancy was confirmed, she has started to act weird around the dog.
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She will avoid him, put her hands on her stomach when he is around, and flinches whenever the dog makes a noise. She told OP that she wanted to rehome the dog. OP was confused as to why she would say this. She explained that she has been having anxiety that the dog will jump on her.
OP clarifies that they had the dog trained not to jump on people from a very young age because of his breed and size. OP believes there is no reason his wife should fear the dog jumping on her. She stood her ground and said there was no way to know for sure if the dog will or not.
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Dad Defends the Dog
OP’s wife continued and said that even if the dog doesn’t jump on her, the anxiety is “bad for her health.” She said that the dog needs to be rehomed for the safety of her and their unborn child.
The dog has never even growled at anyone. OP told his wife that there was no way he was rehoming the dog. His son had received the dog right after his mother passed away, and he imprinted hard on the animal. OP jokes that his son loves the dog more than him. OP said he refuses to take his son’s dog since the dog hasn’t done anything.
OP’s wife accused him of prioritizing the dog over her pregnancy, but OP maintains that the dog isn’t a threat to her pregnancy, and if it were anything else, he would happily comply. OP said he refuses to break his son’s heart over unfounded fear.
Is OP right to defend the dog and refuse to rehome it? Is OP’s wife justified in her fear? How would you have reacted in this situation?
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