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Do you have an escape artist dog who notoriously escapes the yard and you’re running around frantically to go get it back home? Or do you know of someone who does and can relate to how frustrating and scary this situation can get?
This finance has had enough. She’s pregnant and tired and will not go chase the dog around anymore.
A Redditor recently came to the threads to find out if he was a jerk in a situation where his finance refused to help him look for his dog.
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The original poster (OP) said that his dog runs off at least once a week, and usually, his fiance would help find his dog, but not without protest. OP went on to say that he didn’t know how the dog was getting out of their fenced-in yard, so he recently installed cameras and found that the dog was scaling the 8ft fence.
To try and remedy the situation, OP attached “spinners” (long rollers) to the top of the fence, thinking that it would solve the issue. A few days after the spinners were installed, he brought the dog out and was playing with her when his phone rang. OP ran inside to grab and answer his phone, which was long enough for the dog to escape.
OP said he immediately went in search of her, thinking she couldn’t have gotten far, but he wasn’t able to locate her, so he went back to the house. When he returned home, he asked his fiance, who was curled up on the sofa, to come to help him, and she immediately said no.
She responded that she was tired of chasing the dog, that she wasn’t dealing with it anymore, and that he should have been out there watching her. OP explained to her that he had been watching her and momentarily stepped away to grab his phone, and she had escaped.
OP’s fiance reiterated again, saying it wasn’t her problem and she was not exhausting herself anymore to search for his dog. OP said he knew that she was frustrated with this situation but never imagined her flat out saying no, she won’t help.
After this exchange, OP went back out in search of the dog. He returned home a second time after searching for 45 minutes and once again asked his fiance to come help look for the dog with him. OP’s fiance snapped at him, saying, “she is so tired of chasing the dog around multiple times a week, especially when she’s already exhausted and has been throwing up constantly.”
At this point, OP panicked and began yelling at his fiance, saying that she was a b who lacked empathy and that he was thoroughly disappointed with his decision to be with someone so heartless.
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After all, was said and done, the dog was found without the help of OP’s fiance, he tried to apologize to her, but she responded with, “Go __ yourself,” and she is refusing to talk to OP now.
After the OP posted, Redditors started giving their opinions on how this runaway dog situation was handled.
One user responded by saying, “Why haven’t you put a harness on the dog and put a leash on it? They make leashes that spin around so the dog can go in multiple directions. This way, you can turn to say and not worry about your dog taking off. And yeah, training.”
Another user said, “Yep, my friend’s Husky is the ultimate escape artist, so now every time he goes out he’s on a harness with a long enough lead that he can reach all the parts of the yard but not scale the fence. I get the frustration of having to modify your fence to prevent a super smart dog from getting out, but if the rollers aren’t working you have to come up with something else.”
A third user said, “Your carelessness will cause your dog to run away. It’s selfish to expect your pregnant fiancé to check on your dog at least once a week because you’re too lazy to actually take care of it. Do not leave it unattended. You already know what will happen if you leave her alone, so please stop.”
Another Redditor chimed in with, “’I’ve had 3 huskies. My first husky got out about 10 times over 10 years. Each time I learned more about his behavior and adjusted. My second and third huskies have never gotten out. If your dog is getting out once a week, YOU are the problem.”
Another Redditor said, “What if the dog gets out while OP is home alone with the baby or the baby is in the tub or something? Does he just leave baby alone to chase after the dog? The same goes for his fiancé. Does he expect her to leave their baby alone in the house while the two of them take off through the neighborhood to corral Fido? OP needs to get this under control, now!”
Redditors seemed to think the OP is at fault and should figure out this dog situation quickly. What do you think? Should the fiance have helped find the dog?
This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Motherhood Life Balance.
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