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Daughter refuses to get rid of dog that 'upsets' her stepbrother with special needs.

Daughter refuses to get rid of dog that 'upsets' her stepbrother with special needs.


When this young woman is furious with her dad and her dad's fiance, she asks Reddit:

'AITA for refusing to give up my dog for my dad’s fiancé and her son?'

I’m really upset about this right now. I’m 17F. My parents divorced when I was 12. It was really rough, they pretty much hate each other and still have trouble doing anything together where I’m concerned. I try not to talk about them to each other and just keep things separate.

All the fighting and chaos was hard on me and was effecting my mood and school work when it was all going down, so my dad felt bad and let me have a dog to help me feel better.

Someone nearby had malamute puppies, so I picked out one and his name is Tycho and he’s my best friend. Even on the weeks I’m with my mom I stop by after school every day to take him to the dog park to play and get his cuddles in. I love this dog.

My dad started dating Melanie a few years ago. I don’t really connect with her, we’re just really different and she’s way too touchy, but she makes my dad happy so whatever.

Her son Ben (9M) is autistic and needs a lot of accommodations, he gets really upset and has meltdowns when things change or are done differently. He’s also really scared of Tycho even though as far as I know Tycho has never done anything to scare him, he’s a really laid back and well behaved dog.

Dad and Melanie recently got engaged and they want to go ahead and move her and Ben in so that they can get rid of their apartment and save money. My dad told me about it and said that since Ben is afraid of Tycho and needs a stable environment at home, Tycho is going to have to go somewhere else.

My mom’s townhouse doesn’t have room for him and my grandparents aren’t in good enough health to look after a big dog, so we would have to rehome him.

I admit I didn’t take it very well and we had a big fight. I told him that no way was I going to give up my dog and I’m going to college next year anyway so they can put off the move until the spring when I can find a place to take him with me.

My dad says they need to do the move over the holidays and Ben is more important than a dog. I told him if he gives away my dog I’ll never forgive him and that he obviously thinks Ben is more important than me, too.

My dad is mad because I’m making this a choice between me and his fiance basically, Melanie is having second thoughts about the engagement since I “don’t want to live with them”, my mom is mad at my dad and they’re fighting again, and I’m afraid to leave Tycho alone because he might not be there when I get back.

My aunt says I’m being childish and my dad deserves to be happy. AITA?

Let's find out.

happylifecouplehelps writes:

NTA. Your dad shouldn't have given you a dog to take it away later. However, you also need to be prepared. It isn't easy to find a place to take a large dog. If your plan is to bring him with you, you need to be working and saving money.

You will likely need to rent a house(or a room in a house where they let you have him), and you'll have vet bills to cover, food, etc.

thatguylikely89 writes:

This is such an important thing to consider. I have a lot of sympathy for OP and she's definitely NTA, but realistically, she's looking at a hard time ahead. Pets are expensive for all of the reasons you've listed, and I hope that she's able to manage it but she needs to start preparing ASAP.

igottheanswer65 writes:

Yeah, he just wants the dog to not scare his new son, so there shouldn't be a problem with the dad covering the cost for the dog as long as it's not near his new family. He owes his son/daughter that much.NTA Dad's the AH.

Looks like OP is NTA. Any advice for her?

Sources: Reddit
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