A middle-aged mother riled up pet lovers on Reddit when she revealed that she gave her son’s dog to his ex. Here’s the story.
She’s Done Raising Kids
Sandy is a 55-year-old mother of three. Her oldest daughter is 30, and she has 25-year-old twins, a girl and a boy.
But Not All of Them Grew Up
The two girls are doing well, with one happily married and the other in grad school. But Sandy’s son seems to be struggling more to keep his life on track.
She Loved Her Like Her Own
When he was 20 years old, he married a woman who already had a 3-year-old daughter. Sandy has always considered the little girl to be her granddaughter.
The Family Started to Grow
Two years ago, her son and his wife had a child of their own, which made Sandy even happier.
He Works In Remote Locations
But Sandy’s son works an unusual job that pays well but has him flying to remote locations. He works and lives away from home for two weeks at a time, then comes home for the next two weeks.
He Screwed It All Up
He didn’t handle the time away from home very well and ended up cheating on his wife with a coworker.
When his wife found out, she booted him out of their house.
He Moved Back Home
Because he is only home for half of each month, her son didn’t want to rent an apartment and blow that extra money. So Sandy agreed to let him move in with her, at least temporarily.
It Was More Than She Bargained For
But Sandy was shocked when her son turned up at her place with the family dog.
She lives in a fairly small apartment and didn’t feel it was fair to the dog to keep it confined in such a small space.
He Belonged with Them
Sandy thought it was really unfair to the ex-wife and her grandchildren, who all loved the dog very much.
Their place was better-suited to having a dog, thanks to a large yard and several walking trails nearby.
She’d Had Enough
Even so, Sandy took on the responsibility of helping her son care for his dog, which became all the more intensive when he was away at work. But she reached her breaking point when he came home most recently.
He Was In and Out
After two weeks away on the job, Sandy’s son came home for just one day before flying off to another country for a vacation with his new girlfriend.
She Made a Secret Phone Call
As soon as he was gone, Sandy called his ex-wife and asked if she wanted the dog back. She was so happy, she almost cried.
The Grandkids Were Reunited With Their Beloved Pet
Sandy packed up the dog and all its stuff and delivered it home to her grandkids and former daughter-in-law.
They Were Overjoyed
The family was overjoyed to be reunited with their beloved pet.
The Pooch Was Gone
When Sandy’s son returned home from his vacation to prepare for his next work trip, he asked right away where his dog was. She leveled with him and told him she had returned the dog to his ex.
He Was Mad as a Rabid Dog
As Sandy expected, her son was furious with her for giving up the dog without even talking to him about it first.
She Was Tired of His Shenanigans
But Sandy told her son that she was finished watching him shirk his responsibilities and trying to use the dog as leverage to wiggle back into his ex’s life.
He Was on Thin Ice
Sandy finished by stating flatly that if her son tried to take the dog back, he was no longer welcome in her home.
She Was Justified
Redditors overwhelmingly support Sandy in her feelings and actions in this situation.
Most of them say that her son was in the wrong, especially since the whole situation was his fault in the first place.
Some commenters say that giving away a dog without the owner’s knowledge is usually a terrible idea, but it was more than justified in this case.
Returning the Dog Home!
Others point out that Sandy was really returning the dog to its true home and not giving it away at all.
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