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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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    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.

    Made the right choice?
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    Having A Cat For Fifteen Years

    From Reddit user u/itsJussaMe:

    I had a live-in bf. I had a cat for 15 years. He didn’t demand I get rid of my old man but he repeatedly made comments about how it was time to PTS because my cat was old and thin. He always commented on my cat’s weight. Even went so far as to stop by a vet and pick up pamphlets.

    I spent $$$ on all senior bloodwork, checked thyroid, etc. He had a clean bill of health because I always provided the best nutrition and care.

    One day I told him, “the next time you mention me putting my cat to sleep or imply I’m not doing right by him make sure your bags are packed.”

    He was gone 3 weeks after that. The cat had 3 more wonderful years.

    Made the right choice?
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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 'Total Win' For Both Of Them

    From Reddit user u/Fancy_Cassowary:

    She acted like she'd never even considered I'd choose the cat over her. I don't think that thought had ever entered her mind. Then she went into a big spiel about how I'm a loser, I'm missing out, there's only one of her, etc etc. Yeah, I knew all that when I put my foot down over her jealousy of the cat liking me more than her.

    The cat is now 16 and still with me, happy in her senior years. It was a total win for both the cat and myself.

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