A concerned dad took to Reddit for opinions after he made his cousin’s girlfriend feel unwelcome at his house. But he won’t apologize for putting his daughter first. Here is the full story.
She Has a Helper
OP has a young daughter who is autistic. The girl has a support dog, but he was originally intended to be a livestock dog.
He Got Fired
OP’s dad bought the big pooch to help out on the farm, but the dog wasn’t very good at his job.
But He Found a New Gig
When OP took his daughter to his dad’s to meet the dog, though, it was love at first sight.
The girl and the beast hit it off, and OP took the dog home.
They’re Always Together
Now the dog supports OP’s daughter throughout her day and helps her feel safe and calmer.
He’s a Big Teddy Bear
OP admits that the dog is very big and can seem intimidating, but he doesn’t look or act mean.
He’s basically an oversize teddy bear.
He Brings Them Together
OP also has a fairly large and close family, and they like to have dinners together on occasion.
Because his house is big enough to accommodate them all, OP often hosts.
He Changed Everything
That was all well and good until the first time OP cooked dinner for the group after his daughter had her support dog.
She’s Scared to Death
OP’s cousin brought his girlfriend to the house as usual, but she freaked out when she saw the little girl’s companion.
Turns out, the girlfriend is terrified of dogs.
She Couldn’t Even Go In
It was so bad that the cousin’s girlfriend refused to even go inside OP’s house, and they had to leave.
They Tried to Bargain
After some follow-up discussions, OP and his cousin tried to reach a compromise.
He Made the First Move
First off, OP put his daughter’s dog in his crate for a little while so the cousin and his girlfriend could drop by.
She Couldn’t Handle It
That worked out fine for the girlfriend since the dog was caged.
But OP’s daughter was a mess.
It Wasn’t Working Out
The little girl gets very nervous around new people, especially without her dog nearby.
OP knew right away from his daughter’s reaction that he couldn’t put the dog away when they had company.
He Couldn’t Take the Risk
So OP told his cousin that the girlfriend would either have to suck up her fears or just stay away.
He was not going to risk causing his daughter a lot of stress for no reason.
He Had a Suggestion
The cousin didn’t like that idea, but he suggested maybe OP could leave the dog at home and they could all eat somewhere else.
No One Would Step Up
OP was all for that, but the cousin wasn’t willing to host the family, and neither was anyone else.
Dad Stirred Things Up
It all got put on the back burner for a while, but during a recent holiday season, OP’s dad came to stay with him.
That meant everyone would be coming to OP’s house to see the older man.
He Wasn’t Budging
So OP’s cousin once again asked him to crate the dog.
But OP repeated that he wasn’t willing to risk his daughter’s well being.
He Was Furious
That made the cousin angry, and he asked OP why he hated his girlfriend so much.
She Was More Important
OP assured his cousin he had no ill will toward his girlfriend.
It was just that his daughter was and always would be more important.
Dad Took Sides
The two men got pretty heated, and OP’s dad eventually had to step in to cool things.
He also told OP he was wrong and that his daughter should get over her fears.
He Will Protect Her at All Costs
But OP won’t back down, and he intends to protect his daughter no matter what.
He’s a Great Dad
Redditors overwhelmingly support OP and the stance he’s taking for his daughter. They think his dad and cousin are being selfish.
Most of them also think it’s pretty silly that an adult woman is trying to get her way at the expense of a timid child.
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