Mom Refuses to Rehome Dogs After 'Affair Child' is Allergic

Gillian Sisley

Should a person ever be forced to get rid of their dogs?

Pets are known to be one of the best companions to have in life. Science shows that pets can boost serotonin levels, reduce stress, and also minimize feelings of loneliness. All in all, pets are great for your health.

With that said, not everyone is a fan of animals, especially if they have an allergy to hair or dander. Surveys show that 54% of Americans have some sort of allergy, and pets are one of the main sources.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a husband demands that his wife get rid of her dogs after the child he has from an affair is allergic to them.

Should a person ever be forced to get rid of their dogs?

A Reddit post published on May 11th, reported on by Rebecca Flood from Newsweek, has gone viral with 11,900 upvotes and 2,200 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that her husband had a one-night stand, and after plenty of counseling she decided to forgive him. Unfortunately, the woman he had the one-night stand with got pregnant, and now he has a 3-year-old son.

The author adds that she has two 5-year-old French Bulldogs who are considered part of the family, along with the 14 and 9-year-old children that she shares with the husband.

As a very forgiving and compassionate woman, she was prepared to open her arms to this new child in her life and be the best stepmother she could be, especially because she believes the child has done nothing wrong. She clarifies that her husband has visitation every other weekend with the 3-year-old toddler.

With that said, the child unfortunately is very allergic to dogs, and his mother is now demanding that they get rid of their dogs if they want to see the toddler.

Cheating has the potential of destroying a family.

There's nothing that can cause more feelings of betrayal than premarital affairs. The partner who has been cheated on can suffer from intense trust issues, and possibly never recover from the feelings of betrayal caused by the cheating.

The author flat out refuses to get rid of her dogs, and she's told her husband that he can either have his visitation at a hotel, or get a second apartment that he can use to see his son. She even offered that they could build an in-law suite at her husband's expense above the garage to accommodate the child. She said she would allow for this only if it didn't require dipping into the kids’ college fund, and didn't affect the dogs.

The 3-year-old unfortunately is too young to understand why he's not allowed to come to their house anymore, which makes him feel left out. The author is now wondering if she's in the wrong for refusing to get rid of her dogs to accommodate the child who was a result of her husband's affair.

What do you think? Should children come before anything else, and the author should rehome her pets so that her husband can see his son? Or is the author being incredibly accommodating and understanding of the situation already, and it's unreasonable for anyone to ask her to get rid of her pets?

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