Why do it in half measures? A father, who thought he was doing the right thing with his daughter, took a decision that was extreme to say the least, which seriously compromised his relationship with her. Faced with his failure, the man tried to find support from Internet users on Reddit, in vain. The man, who wants to make his daughter “a responsible adult” begins his story: “My 16-year-old daughter has a dog she bought a few months ago. Her mother and I told her she could have one if she took care of him, paid for everything he needed and spent time with him”. So far, nothing alarming. The girl keeps her word for the first few weeks and everyone gets something out of it. But now, between the resumption of high school and her part-time job, the latter begins to pay less attention to her hairball. “She works about 25 to 30 hours a week and spends at least two hours on her homework every night,” the dad says. “Even though her dog seemed fine, I felt bad for him because she was not as often at home as before…”.

Despite the father’s warnings, the daughter cannot afford to give her dog any more time and the latter ends up stepping up to the plate, insisting that she “find a new home for her dog since she cannot take care of it more”. “She argued with me for a long time about it, finally giving in and finding a new owner for it. She goes straight to her room after work and refuses to talk to me. My wife is upset but hasn’t really chosen her side, ”says the man.

Internet users outraged

On the Internet side, it is total disapproval. “You can’t have butter and butter money: make her take full responsibility for the dog, including the bills, then force her to get rid of it,” one wrote. “She will always resent you for that. You set her up for failure by making her pay for everything, but also by thinking she works too much. How the hell is she supposed to pay for food and vet bills, not to mention her own clothes and school supplies, apparently, without this job?” protested another.

TESTIMONY I forced my daughter to give her dog away to teach her a life lesson

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Maria T.
Maria T.

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