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A Reddit user has claimed he's given his wife an ultimatum after she supposedly took his dog to the pound after pretending it had run away.
The unnamed husband posted on Reddit as part of the forum's 'Am I The A**hole' feed, explaining how he got the dog before he married his wife, who has since become 'increasingly paranoid' about the pet after falling pregnant.
He explained she once told him his dog had run off and she'd been unable to chase after the animal, and that he neversaw his beloved pooch ever again.
However, fast forward five years and three kids later, and he said it transpired she'd actually lied to him and taken the dog to the pound while he was working, prompting him to see the situation - and their relationship - in an entirely new light.
The man wrote: "I had a dog when my wife and I got married. I loved her, she was my buddy.
"When my wife got pregnant, she became increasingly paranoid that the dog would be a danger to the baby. She brought up rehoming, and I refused. She was an 'aggressive breed', but she was trained.
"One day, she called me crying at work that the dog ran away and she couldn't run after her. I believed her. I looked for that dog for weeks. I finally just accepted it because we had to go to the hospital to welcome our child and there were just other pressing concerns.
"It's been 5 years since then, and we now have three children. I've wanted to get a new dog, but the kids take a lot of energy and time. My wife has always had a new excuse not to get another dog.
"I found out recently that my dog didn't run away, my wife and her father took the dog to the pound while I was at work because her parents agreed with her about the dog being 'dangerous'."
The Reddit user said he was 'furious' as he knew his dog 'wasn't dangerous', and feared that she may have never been adopted.
"I'm honestly mad enough to consider a separation if not for the kids and practical reasons," he added.
"I've told her that the only way to make it up even a little bit is for us to get a dog. She ultimately doesn't want a dog at all, and complained that she would have to do too much with it. I'm not planning to let up on this one this time."
As with all AITA threads on Reddit, users are able to weigh in on the matter and say whether or not they think someone's being out of order.
In this instance, userse concluded that the man was 'not the A-hole', with one commenting: "Yeah. NTA. I don't think I'd be able to look past that."
Another agreed: "NTA. I honestly don't know if I could forgive her."
Questioning the credibility of the man's story, a third added: "This whole story is questionable though, who loses their dog and doesn't check local shelters to see if it was turned in?"
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