Carolyn Hax: He's allergic to in-laws' beloved dog

  • Article by: CAROLYN HAX
  • Updated: September 11, 2012 - 3:19 PM

Wife puts parents' feelings first.

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privateeyeSep. 12, 1212:54 PM

My son in law would also be out if this was put to the test.

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loop80Sep. 12, 1210:20 PM

The sad fact is that even though he suffers, her entire family will find him at fault, because because his wife will NEVER stand up to her family. She's drank the kool aid for FAR too long. I speak from unfortunate experience. It cost me everything.

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jamue11eSep. 18, 1212:00 PM

If she isn't willing to stand up, and you don't want to jeopardize her relationship, I'd go covert with my actions. Emphasize your allergy when the dog is around. Get a sheet to put on the car seat to prevent some dander and hair from getting on to the seat and making cleaning the car harder, or insist on taking their car all the time, so the dog doesn't get dander and hair in your car. Then again, emphasize your symptoms. If they ask what the problem is, in a off handed, not a big deal way, just say "I am horribly allergic to dog dander and hair" and move on. Plant the seed in their head that the dog makes you miserable, you will make them uncomfortable. Yes, I do realize this is petty. Sometimes it just feels good when there are no other options. And then wait for the dog to die and not allow the new one in the house or the car.

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