A man furious that his wife and children are buying a dog without his permission has found support online.
On Reddit’s r/TrueOffMyChest forum on July 3rd, user u/sleepybot0524 shared his frustration with the new pet.
“It’s already day one and no one is able to take the puppy out to pee,” he wrote. “I don’t want to hang out with a dog!
“I don’t want to worry about who’s looking after the dog when we go out of town, I don’t want to have to leave early because we have to walk the dog.
“I don’t want to poop and pee…I just want to sit on the couch and watch TV.
“I’m so fucking crazy about this dog. I’m actually considering getting out of the house for a few days.”
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 3.1 million dogs are surrendered to shelters in the U.S. each year. About 47 percent of dogs are given away by owners, to a family member, friend or shelter — because of issues such as aggression, getting bigger than predicted or health problems.
The post has received more than 5,700 upvotes and more than 700 comments, many from Redditors reassuring the man that his feelings are valid.
“You’re right to be angry, and that’s okay,” Moretrashyusername said. “You probably wanted a wife and kids.
“Today your job is teaching responsibility. It’s a great job, but it’s worth it. Not nearly as much fun as sitting on the couch, but being a father has its moments.”
ODurren138 commented, “No one should feel like they have to have a dog.
“They’re cute, they’re cuddly, they’re best friends, they’re ferocious, they’re weapons, they’re shields, they’re tools… train them, they’re just dogs.”
After several users expressed concerns about the man’s desire to leave his family, he added an update clarifying the situation:
“Since this morning I have calmed down,” he wrote.
“I wasn’t about to leave my family because of this dog, more to get out of the house and let them hang out with the dog without me.
“I’m not lazy, I just know the great responsibility it takes to raise a dog! It’s an investment of at least 10 years.”
Others were shocked at how much the family paid for the Golden Doodle puppy — $1,500, plus an extra $300 for food and supplies — especially after the man admitted they don’t have any money left.
“WTF…not only did she get one knowing you didn’t want it, but she spent $1500!!” reacted unsportsmanlike.
“Dude, I could have saved her about $1,200 by going to the shelter.”
Some users suggested that the man wake up his wife and children and let them take over.
“Wake them up every morning and every nap,” said BlackMagic0. “Always. Constantly. Over and over.
“People get puppies and don’t realize how much work they are. Every time.”
CherylR1970 agreed, writing: “Don’t get into the habit of walking the dog yourself as they will come to expect it from you.
“Nip it in the bud by bringing them together and outlining the responsibilities.”
news week has reached out to you/sleepybot0524 for comment.