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Reddit user's ultimatum to husband over dog: Pooch will be given up if not housetrained before baby arrives

Reddit users defended a woman who told her husband that if their puppy was not housebroken by the time their third child arrived, the hubby would have to rehome the dog. 

“AITA for telling my husband if his puppy isn’t potty-trained when our baby is born he has to rehome it?” asked Reddit user “bookwyrm_momma” in a May 18, 2023, post to Reddit’s “Am I the A–hole” subreddit. 

In the post, the woman explained that she and her husband already have two kids and two “medium/large-sized dogs” — and that she found out she was pregnant with their third child in February.

After ensuring that the puppies were healthy and no longer had fleas, ticks and worms, bookwyrm_momma and her husband were able to quickly rehome one of the dogs.

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The Reddit user made it clear to her husband (not pictured) that she did not want to have three dogs, especially with a new baby on the way — and she sought the advice and insight of others online. (iStock)

“My husband was getting attached to the other one,” she said, despite her reminders to him that she did not want three dogs, she wrote.

She told her husband that if he wanted to keep the new puppy, he would have to rehome his other dog, an Aussie, that “he never really bonded with.” 

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“It is a huge mess every time.”

Fed up, bookwyrm_momma issued an ultimatum last Thursday, she wrote.

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The Reddit user told her husband that the new puppy (not pictured) had to be housebroken by the time their newest child was born — or else the dog had to leave. (iStock)

“I told my husband that if the puppy is not housetrained by the time the baby is born, he had to get rid of it,” she said. 

“He thinks I’m overreacting and being hormonal, but I said from the start that I did not want a third dog. AITA?” 

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“I told my husband he will have to get rid of his puppy. He loves the dog, but it isn’t housetrained, and we have a baby on the way,” the mom reiterated in a later comment on her own post.

“Surrendering your pet to a local shelter that is already overcrowded should be a last resort.”

She added via email that “there are cases where adoptions do not work out for a variety of reasons.” 

She also said, “At Best Friends Animal Society, we have found some of the main reasons why people return pets is that they have too many pets, housing restrictions, pet behavior and financial reasons. Returning pets is part of the stigma surrounding adoption — and a reason why some hesitate to adopt from a shelter.”

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Presently, “many shelters and even rescue organizations may not be accepting new animals” due to overcrowded conditions, she said. 

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Reddit users rallied around a woman who gave her husband an ultimatum about a new — and, for her — unwanted puppy.  (Tiffany Hagler-Geard/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A person looking to rehome a pet should ensure that the pet’s medical records are up-to-date and provide the adopter with the animal’s medical history, she added. 

“Rehoming sites like Rehome.adoptapet.com can also be very helpful in spreading the word and help you find a new adopter,” in lieu of dropping the animal off at a shelter, Castle added. 

“‘Being hormonal’ is demeaning your very valid concerns. He’s being completely dismissive of you.”

“Surrendering your pet to a local shelter that is already overcrowded should be a last resort.”

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“Often, people will argue over ‘their need’ for something as a way of being territorial or seeking control.”

On the AITA subreddit, people can reply to posts and indicate the poster is “NTA” (“Not the A–hole”), “YTA” (“You’re the A–hole”), “NAH” (“No A–holes Here”) or “ESH” (“Everyone Sucks Here”).

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“An 8-9-month-old dog who is not fully potty-trained is heading toward a dog who will never be,” PurpleMarsAlien added. 

Others were critical of the fact that bookwyrm_momma’s husband cited “hormones” as the reason why she was upset about the dog.

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“NTA. Your husband wanted the dog, he should be cleaning up all the messes the dog makes,” said Reddit user SirMittensOfTheHill. 

“‘Being hormonal’ is demeaning your very valid concerns. He’s being completely dismissive of you. He’s being selfish and an AH,” that user added. 

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