Yes, you read that right – a woman’s mother-in-law tried to take her puppy and pass it off as a gift for her 13-year-old daughter.
Needless to say, it didn’t go well.
The puppy’s rightful owner, 25, took to Reddit to share the sorry tale, asking if she was in the wrong for how she handled it.
She starts the story by explaining that she and her husband, 27, went to his little sister’s 13th birthday and took their puppy along, so that the family could meet her.
‘When we got there,’ she wrote, ‘everyone was super excited to see that we brought a puppy. Everyone was petting her and playing with her.
‘My mother-in-law asked me if the puppy was for my sister-in-law. I said no that this was my husband’s and my puppy.
‘She held the puppy for a bit and gave her back and all seemed fine.’
But suffice it to say that soon, all would be pretty far from fine.
‘My sister-in-law started opening her gifts when she finally noticed the puppy in my arms and asked me if mother-in-law had finally let her get a puppy for her 13th birthday,’ the woman wrote. ‘Before I could even say anything, mother-in-lawsaid “Yes.”
‘Sister-in-law burst into tears about “finally” having a puppy and then came over to me and tried to take the puppy.
‘I was in shock at what just happened and kinda just let her take the puppy out of my hands. Eventually, I went over to my mother-in-law and asked her WTF she was thinking.
‘She told me that my sister-in-law had been asking for a puppy for years, and she said “You don’t mind do you?” I was taken aback, I couldn’t believe my mother-in-law just gave away my puppy without even asking me.’
Erm yeah, neither can we.
The poster had to take her sister-in-law to one side and explain that in fact no, she could not have her new puppy.
‘She started throwing a fit and literally screaming. I just took the puppy back and my husband and I left.
‘When we got back home I was bombarded with texts and phone calls from everyone at the party asking me why I took the puppy away.’
In a later edit to the post, the woman further clarified that her husband has ‘100%’ sided with his wife
She wrote: ‘Her birthday party was at the river, many people had brought their dogs to the party. I also did not know she had been asking mother-in-law for a puppy, (they have two dogs.)
‘My husband is 100% on my side. We both didn’t want to make a scene about it. He has called his mom and texted his family since the incident, we aren’t communicating to anyone about it right now because it has been overwhelming.
‘He had told his mom about us getting a new puppy multiple times, even invited the family over to our house for dinner, so they could also meet the puppy, but they had a football game to go to.’
Unsurprisingly, people in the comments have overwhelmingly sided with the poster on this one.
One person wrote: ‘Who just tells someone else they can have someone’s pet. That’s weird, and the kid is 13 and old enough to know she can’t have everything.
‘Your mother-in-law sucks, and I wouldn’t feel bad at all. It’s your dog.’
Another person commented: ‘No, it’s not your responsibility to play along with your mother-in-law’s lies. She can get a different puppy for her child.’
Others suggested she should out her mother-in-law for her bizarre behaviour.
‘Tell everyone who wants to know that your mother-in-law blind-sided you and blatantly lied. Who the hell does something like that?’ asked another commenter.
Tell EVERYONE that mother-in-law lied. Just tell them all the truth… you did nothing wrong. Make sure people know it.’
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