"Love My Dog, or You Get the Doghouse!"

Roz Warren

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A Bichon Frise is a small white fluffy dog. Bichon owners love their “fluffs” for their cheerful natures and extreme cuteness. But loving a Bichon can present challenges. One Bichon owner recently posted this complaint on a Bichon Owners Facebook group:

I’m breaking up with my boyfriend because he refuses to let my Bichon share the bed with us when he sleeps over. I’ve had Maggie for ten years, but have been with him for just a year. I told him that she was here long before he was!

I figured that her post would lead to a lively debate.

I was dead wrong.

Within a day, she’d received 400 comments, every one of them supportive.

As far as these dog lovers were concerned? A boyfriend who wouldn’t bed down with a Bichon should be kicked to the curb. Here's what they said:

A CHOICE BETWEEN A BOYFRIEND AND A BICHON? YOU CALL THAT A CHOICE?

I’d have done the same thing. Love my dog or there’s the door.

Love me, love my Bichons. Out you go!

Bichons before boys, I always say.

Well, look who ended up in the dog house… Adios, boyfriend!

A DUDE WHO DISLIKES DOGS? BE VERY SUSPICIOUS.

You can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats your dog.

If he doesn’t treat Maggie well, he probably won’t treat you well either.

MR. RIGHT WILL LOVE BOTH YOU AND YOUR DOG

I made the same call a decade ago. My then-boyfriend said choose — and I did! Best decision I ever made, because I then met and married a man who loves both me and my dogs.

When my husband proposed, I told him that my dogs, who had shared my bed long before he did, would continue to do so. And if he hadn’t been okay with that? I wouldn’t have married him.

My hubby loves Betsy, but he isn’t wild about the fact that she spends the night in our bed. When he complains? I tell him he can always go sleep in the guest room. We just celebrated our 25th anniversary.

We share our bed with six Bichons and my hubby loves it. Real men love dogs!

EVEN FOLKS WHO DON’T BED DOWN WITH THEIR BICHONS APPLAUDED THIS DECISION:

Who needs a man who is jealous of a dog?

He wants to come into your home and tell you what to do? I don’t think so.

THE BICHON-ON-THE-BED TEST IS A GREAT WAY TO SCREEN OUT MR. WRONG

Anyone who can’t appreciate my Tippy doesn’t have a chance with me.

If he really loves you, putting up with a dog on the bed is a small price to pay.

A FEW FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE:

Get another Bichon to get over him.

Get two!

Better yet — go to the dog park and find a man who loves dogs.

Are you thinking of dating a dog owner? Great idea! But never underestimate our loyalty to the dog on the bed.

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Roz Warren, the author of JUST ANOTHER DAY AT YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY, has appeared on both the Today Show and Morning Edition, writes for everyone from the Funny Times to the New York Times, and has been included in 13 Chicken Soup for the Soul collections. Drop her a line at roSwarren@gmail.com.

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