A woman who suffered severe epilepsy was facing a dilemma concerning her service dog, Onyx. The woman’s friend and her husband would frequently visit her house to hang out, but she would soon discover that the friend’s husband would make these visits problematic.
Onyx: a Vital Lifeline
The woman heavily relied on Onyx, her service dog, who had proven to be a lifesaver during numerous seizures. “Onyx does have time to cuddle and relax and be at rest and just be a dog”, explained the woman. “However, when he is working, he is WORKING at keeping me alive. He’s saved my life multiple times.”
A Frequent Visitor
Lately, the woman’s friend and her husband had been regular visitors, and whilst she got along great with her friend, she didn’t think much of her husband. “He’s one of those types who thinks being a man makes him superior to women”, she explained. “He also doesn’t believe in invisible disabilities and because of Onyx he’s never seen me have a seizure.”
A Not-so-Playful Encounter
During one visit, the friend’s husband playfully interacted with Onyx while the service dog was at rest. This was fine, but things changed when he suggested having Onyx over for a sleepover at their home.
Explaining and Declining
The woman explained the obvious: Onyx was a service dog, not a pet, and couldn’t be separated from her without risking her safety. She politely declined the sleepover idea, emphasizing the crucial role Onyx played in her life.
In response, the husband displayed a dismissive attitude, arguing that Onyx wasn’t a machine, and the woman had no right to deprive the dog of fun. He even played the gender card, asserting that he, as a man, knew better about the woman’s medical condition.
A Request to Leave
Frustrated with the husband’s dismissive attitude and disrespect, the woman asked him to leave, despite his protests and objections.
A Defensive Request
Later, the friend called to inquire about another visit, but the woman explained that her husband was no longer welcome due to his behavior. The friend defended her husband’s intentions: “She got upset and told me that he was just like that, and it was hard to remember I had epilepsy sometimes because he had never seen me have a full-blown seizure.”
A Sarcastic Suggestion
Feeling unheard, the woman made a sarcastic suggestion: “I got kinda mad and sarcastically asked her if I should purposely cause a seizure so her husband was comfortable.” Her friend continued to defend her husband, but she was having none of it.
Doubts and Guilt
However, the woman soon found herself grappling with feelings of guilt and doubt. She questioned whether she had overreacted by excluding the friend’s husband from her home. His actions and assumptions were certainly wrong, but she wondered if she should have first given him a stern warning before making her decision.
However, the woman remained resolute in her decision. Whilst she recognized that she may have overreacted in regard to the man’s intentions, it was irrelevant, because her safety always came first. She was ultimately concerned that if she allowed the man to continue visiting, he would interfere with Onyx’s working duties and cause significant harm.
After making her decision, the woman headed online to seek second opinions from an online support group. Thankfully, everyone came to her defense. ‘You are totally in the right here, and your comment about “purposefully causing a seizure so her husband was comfortable’ was spot on”, commented one reader.
Onyx is Not a Toy
Everyone was perplexed by the friend’s husband’s naivety. “Your friend’s husband is a piece of work”, stated another reader. “On the off chance said husband is reading this – a service dog is a vital companion to people. It is not a DVD you borrow when the mood takes you.”
A Bizarre Request
However, many people pointed out that Onyx being a service dog was only part of the problem. “It’s weird as hell for him to insist on borrowing your dog, even if it was only a pet”, a perplexed commenter wrote.
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