When adopting a dog, you’re taking on the responsibility of that animal for the rest of its life. At least, you’re supposed to anyway. Unfortunately, there are unfit pet parents who don’t treat their animals properly and sometimes it’s better if the animals are removed from their care.
One woman felt just that way when she refused to give back a puppy that she’d been babysitting as a favor to the owner. Having someone refuse to give you your dog back is something of a nightmare and the owner was incredibly upset that this woman felt justified in keeping the dog.
A 21-year-old woman shared the incident on Reddit, in the “AmItheAsshole” sub.
According to her, her 29-year-old cousin reached out and asked her to babysit her new puppy, Delilah, because she wasn’t allowed to have pets in her apartment complex.
The OP agreed to babysit the dog, but after two months, she still had the dog. Her cousin finally reached back out and said she was ready to take her puppy back, but the OP didn’t feel good about giving the dog up. She said:
“Here we are now, about two months later. I am absolutely best friends with this dog, I love her more than anything.
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My cousin contacts me a few days ago and says she is ready to take Delilah back.
To make a long story short, they aren’t a good crowd, and I didn’t think it was a good idea for Delilah to live there.
I told my cousin that I was sorry but I felt uncomfortable sending Delilah there, and that I have been caring for her and spending all of my own money on her for two months and frankly, I wanted to keep her.”
She further shared that her cousin has a history of being a poor pet parent and has adopted multiple animals, like cats and dogs, and given them away when they became inconvientnet, which fueled her decision to keep Delilah.
Naturally, her cousin was incredibly upset that her dog wasn’t being returned. Her cousin spread the word and the OP noted that she started getting calls and messages from other cousins and aunts calling her a dog thief.
Despite all that, she knew she was doing the right thing by keeping the puppy and providing her with a stable home.
A few days later, the woman shared an update post, explaining that she’d worked things out with her cousin and was now the happy and official owner of Delilah.
She said, “To make a long story short, I had a few talks with my cousin regarding all of my concerns and we both decided that the best option was me becoming the official owner of the dog. She even admitted to me that it took her so long to get back in contact with me because she wasn’t sure about taking the dog back in the first place.”
She added that she and Deliah are “very happy” and she plans to contact the local shelters and let them know about her cousin’s pet ownership background in case she tries to adopt another dog.
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