A Reddit user wrote to the community inquiring if he was in the wrong for not wanting to visit his sister anymore after she told him that her partner is allergic to dogs and that he could no longer bring his pet to visit.
Set the Scene
OP has a small dog (M) and never had any issues with his sister (H) or her partner (B).
Visiting His Sister
Yesterday, OP visited H to help her out at home, as B had a 24-hour shift.
As usual, M accompanied him, behaving well and staying in one spot the entire time.
Helping Out With the Kids
OP had also promised to visit them again today, bringing his Switch to keep their 4-year-old entertained, as the child had a fractured leg and needed to limit movement.
A Sudden Allergy
Today, H informed him that B had suddenly developed an allergy to dogs, as his eyes became itchy upon returning home from work.
She requested that when OP visited later, M should remain outside in the garden alone.
No Dog, No Visits
OP refused, explaining that M was not accustomed to that, and it was cold and windy.
However, OP hadn’t yet informed H that he wouldn’t be visiting at all.
An Argument Builds
OP received a text message from B while he was on the phone with H.
B’s message reiterated what H had told him earlier.
OP’s mother became furious and called H.
A Reasonable Request
During the conversation, it became clear that H would be upset with him for not visiting, as he had promised to bring his Switch for their child.
Leave the Dog Outside
She believed that having M stay outside was a reasonable request.
Dog Can’t Be Home Alone
However, OP’s mother pointed out that they wouldn’t be visiting because their clothing and car were also full of dog hair.
OP adds that M barks constantly when he is away.
M can only stay alone for 30-60 minutes at the moment, as he is still in training.
Nobody to Watch the Dog
Usually, OP arranges for someone to watch M.
OP doesn’t want to visit H today or tomorrow because he doesn’t have anyone to watch M on such short notice.
More Notice In Future
In the future, OP plans to visit H without M, but he just needs a few days’ notice to make proper arrangements.
No Issues for Six Years!
In another edit, OP mentions that there have been no issues with M accompanying him for the past six years.
He also clarifies that he doesn’t expect to bring M anywhere without asking first.
Worried About the Future
OP can completely understand that M shouldn’t be allowed inside due to the sudden development of allergies, but he believes that he has the right to refuse to visit if M is no longer permitted inside the house.
OP wonders if he could be the antagonist in this situation.
Is He in the Wrong?
Reddit users inquired about why OP couldn’t leave M at home for a few hours while visiting H and B.
OP clarified that since their second dog passed away, the remaining dog has been barking constantly when left alone, which is why OP usually arranges for someone to watch M.
Some users shared their experiences of suddenly developing allergies, mentioning that it can indeed happen out of the blue.
Many Reddit users agreed that OP is not the antagonist in this situation, as both H and B set a boundary, and OP set one in response. They acknowledged that it is short notice, and plans can always be rescheduled.
Some users also suggested that B should get allergy testing to confirm that M is the cause of the allergy, rather than spring weather or other allergens. Overall, users seemed to empathize with OP’s predicament and understood the importance of accommodating M’s needs.
What do you think? What would you do if you were OP?
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