A Man Laughed at His Neighbor While They Cried Over the Death of Their Golden Retriever, but His Wife and Kids Thought He Was Heartless

A man was confronted by a grief-stricken neighbor, crying over his dead dog, and responded by rolling his eyes. Now his family thinks he’s horrible, and his wife has locked herself in her bedroom.

His Dog Died

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The man said, ‘One of my neighbor’s dogs passed away earlier this week.’

The Dog Was Really Sick

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He had seen his neighbor walk the dog in their neighborhood for years, but over the last few months, he saw it struggling to move. The dog was extremely sick, and the man wasn’t surprised when it passed away.

The Kids in the Neighborhood Loved Him

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The golden retriever was loved by the neighborhood kids, who always played with him. The man didn’t have a problem with the dog, as it was very friendly, but he certainly wasn’t a dog person and would never have one as a pet.

It Was an Incredible Day

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One day, the sun was shining, so the man decided to go out for a walk. It was 75 degrees, and the humidity was low, so he expected everyone to be enjoying the day as much as he. That’s when he ran into his neighbor.

His Neighbor Started Crying

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As is usual between neighbors, the man stopped to have a chat. But the neighbor was extremely upset. He said he had had to leave his house because he was overcome with grief. His wife and kids kept talking about their deceased dog, and it was excruciating.

They Were Having a Funeral

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The neighbor told the man they were holding a funeral for the dog in their backyard to honor his memory. As he shed tears, the man rolled his eyes. It was just a dog! The neighbor continued crying, and the man began to smirk.

He Laughed at His Grief

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The man found his neighbor’s grief funny. He told his neighbor to look around at the beautiful day and be grateful. Plus, he could always go to the pet store and get another dog, seeing as most golden retrievers have the same personality.

His Neighbor Yelled at Him

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The man said, ‘He angrily told me that this was a really hard time for his family and that they needed time to grieve.’

It Was Just a Dog

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The neighbor told the man that he was out of line and said that he wasn’t invited to the dog’s funeral before storming off. The man went home and told his wife about the bizarre interaction and was surprised by her response. She said that he had been horrible and they’d have to make it up to their neighbors somehow, possibly cooking them a meal. He replied that it was just a dog and not a human being. But no one in his family would speak to him, and his wife locked herself in her room, refusing to make dinner.

Was He in the Wrong?

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The man was annoyed and hungry. He didn’t understand why no one saw his perspective. He turned to the internet for support, but that isn’t what he received.

The Internet Responded

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One person said, ‘Empathy and kindness don’t cost a thing.’

A reader berated the man, ‘Dogs are a part of the family for years, you can’t just expect someone not to mourn such a heartbreaking loss. You clearly don’t have respect for other people’s emotions and honestly sound kinda like a psychopath…’

Others Chimed in

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Another person commented, ‘Everyone sees your perspective, everyone knows it’s a perspective better kept to yourself…’

A final commenter added, ‘You clearly have never interacted with animals because you would see each one is beautiful and unique, just like humans.’

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