She Demanded Her Family Walk 2 Miles a Day to Prove They Could Get a New Dog, but They Say She’s Being “Completely Unrealistic”

A woman reluctantly agrees to let her family get a dog but makes some rules. Unfortunately, the family doesn’t follow the rules, which helps her see that her kids aren’t prepared to care for a dog.

Here’s what she had to say:

They Had an Agreement

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“Before we got married and had kids my husband and I agreed that all big decisions required two yes or no votes.”

She Was Reluctant

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The woman’s husband and their two kids really wanted a dog, but the woman wasn’t sure. She had heard too many stories of families getting pets and the person who didn’t want it being stuck taking care of it.

She Had Conditions

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After thinking about it, the woman reluctantly agreed but had three conditions. First, the dog had to be relatively small. Second, it had to be a dog that doesn’t shed fur. Third, for sixty days in a row, the whole family had to collect all the garbage from every trash can in the house and put it in the big garbage bin. This was to make sure they would remember to feed a dog every day. And during those sixty days, all three of them had to go for a one-mile walk twice a day using a GPS route tracker. If they missed a day, they had to start over.

But Her Family Couldn’t Meet Them

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But the longest anyone had been able to do it was only two weeks.

She Spoke to Her Parents

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The woman explained, “My parents called me up to say I was being ridiculous and petty. I 100% agreed with them.” However, they always sided with her kids so she was ready.

She Had a Plan

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She sent her parents a link to a dog walking service in the area that was not too expensive. She told her parents that if they wanted a say in the dog decision, they had to set up an account with that company. Then the woman could call the company for help if their kids and spouse forgot to take care of the dog.

Her Parents Were Annoyed

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The woman explained her parents said “I was being a jerk and that they had the right to their opinion. I agreed that they had that. But unless they were willing to pay to include their opinion in the decision it did not matter.”

Her Husband Agreed with Her

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In the end, the woman’s husband realized that the kids weren’t ready to have a dog. The woman felt relieved. Her husband said they needed to tell the kids, but she said it wasn’t necessary because they had already known the kids weren’t ready.

But now the husband thought she was being a jerk.

Did the Woman Do the Right Thing?

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The woman stuck to her decision, regardless of what others said, because they believed the family’s well-being and the dog’s care were the most important things.

The Internet Responded

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One person said, “Great tactic to show them the responsibility that comes with a pet. Also, you beautifully handled the grandparents. Watch out, I could see grandparents buying someone a dog for a birthday.”

Another person said, “Most people don’t understand the responsibility required to own a dog. Many dogs are neglected and mistreated because of it. And often the responsibility for preventing those things from happening falls on the most responsible member of the household, which sounds like you. The only thing I’ll add is this: give them another chance. People can learn discipline and change.”

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