16 Pets That Were Worth Breaking Up With Someone Over

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Pets can be some of the greatest gifts on earth. They show unconditional love, cheer people up, and immediately become a part of the family. But, sometimes, pet owners are unjustly left with an ultimatum from significant others who aren't fans of pets. Reddit user u/sugar-soad asked: "People who were made to choose between your pet or your partner, how did your ex react when you chose your pet?" and the responses had us cheering them on.


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    Coming Back For The Dog

    From Reddit user u/Wildcatb:

    Once took in a dog, whose human was asked to make this choice. Beautiful weimaraner.

    The guy brought the dog out to our house (on a hill in the woods with acres to roam - dogs absolutely love it out here) - and we spent some time walking around letting the dog get used to the place and meet our other furry residents.

    We could tell it was really hard on both of them when he left.

    The next day he left her, and came back for the dog. Happy ending all around, I'd say.

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    A Sense Of Relief

    From Reddit user u/Aurora_Jones:

    Not me but my sister choose our cat over her boyfriend of 4 months. He was furious when she dumped him and called her an idiot for picking a “dirty fleabag” over him. Cat was not a dirty fleabag, he just hated pets and wanted to try to control my sister. I was relieved when she dumped him. I never got good vibes from him.

    Reddit user u/CLearyMcCarthy:

    I can't imagine having the gall to demand any kind of lifestyle change after only 4 months in a relationship, let alone one as major as getting rid of a pet.

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    Cat Gets A Happy Ending

    From Reddit user u/hoomphree:

    This is my favorite story from when I worked in a shelter. A guy came in to surrender his cat, with the reason that his girlfriend didn't like her. He starts filling out the paperwork, but partway through he just stops and says, "Screw this. I'm just going to break up with her instead." He picks up the cat and walks out the door, presumably to leave his GF. I hope he stuck to it and he and his cat got a happy ending.

    Reddit user u/spicychinos replied:

    That guy and cat lived happily ever after.

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    Cat Will Outlive The Relationship

    From Reddit user u/buffalosansbuffalo:

    I remember him saying my diabetic cat needed to go so he could get a dog. We weren't even living together. I looked him dead in the eyes and said. "My cat will outlive this relationship" considering she was really sick at the time he said it was unlikely and stormed off.

    We broke up 6 years ago and my cat is still going strong.