A recent post on a subreddit saw a dad asking if he was in the wrong for prioritizing his son’s dog over his wife’s pregnancy.
A Sad Start
This guy is a devoted father, and he’s had it tough. His wife suddenly passed away after his son turned eight, leaving them both alone.
To help his son with his grief, this man got him a dog – a Great Dane mix.
His Son Needed the Dog
His son imprinted on their dog, as any child would after losing a loved one.
A Very Responsible Pet Owner
Now his son is 14 and loves the dog unconditionally. Minus vet visits, his son is responsible for everything dog related and is an incredibly devoted dog owner. This dog is his best friend.
A Joyful Occurrence
This man remarried, and his new wife is currently 12 weeks pregnant.
However, since they confirmed the pregnancy, she’s been acting weird around the dog she previously loved. She avoids him when possible, puts her hands over her stomach when he is around, and is constantly on edge.
They Start to Argue
This was when the conflict between the two began: she told her husband she wanted to rehome the dog, as she’s been getting anxious, thinking he might jump on her.
Big Dogs Need Discipline
Her husband thought this was utterly unreasonable; because the dog is half Great Dane, they specifically trained him from a puppy not to jump or run into people.
He Understood the Importance of Training
The husband took dog training very seriously because he felt it was important for a dog that may eventually grow to such a large size to be well trained.
This man told his wife that there was no reason for her to think the dog would jump on her, but she replied that there was no way to know that the dog won’t.
His Wife’s Anxiety
She told him that if he did jump on her, it could hurt their baby and that even if it didn’t jump on her, the anxiety about it was bad for her and her baby’s health.
She Needs the Dog Gone!
She insisted that she needed the dog elsewhere for her safety and her baby’s.
Man’s Best Friend
The man explained to her there was no chance they were rehoming the Great Dane, as the dog meant the world to his son and helped him cope with the death of his mother.
Sometimes he thinks his son “loves the dog more than me!”
The Dog Is Peaceful
His son’s dog had never so much growled at her, and he couldn’t bear to put his son through another loss, especially when the dog didn’t do anything.
Accusations Are Thrown
His wife accused him of prioritizing the dog over her pregnancy, but he knows the dog isn’t a threat to her.
If this were any other request, he would do it because she is pregnant, but he can’t break his son’s heart over a groundless fear.
“Your Kid Needs His Dog”
Papa_pockets gave the top-rated comment, with over 14,000 upvotes. Their verdict was that the dad was not wrong.
They said, “I would micro chip the dog, if you haven’t already. Make sure info is up to date, and see if she will seek counseling/compromise. Your kid needs his dog.”
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