Who invited your dog(s)?

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  1. Principessa

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    Who Invited the Dog?

    By JOYCE WADLER and ABBY AGUIRRE
    December 13, 2007

    IT was a dark and stormy night — actually four stormy nights — when Jayme Otto, 31, and her husband, Ryan Otto, 33, drove 1,200 miles from their home in Boulder, Colo., to her parents’ house in Cleveland for Christmas.

    "We traveled all this way to bring our yellow Labrador, Cody Bear, home to spend time with his grandparents,” Ms. Otto said, “grandparents” being dog-person-speak for her parents.

    Besides wanting Cody Bear “to participate in his favorite yearly activity of unwrapping gifts and destroying all the boxes,” as Ms. Otto put it, they wanted the dog to meet her brother’s fiancée


    But on Christmas morning, a commotion ensued: the fiancée was allergic to dogs and broke out in hives. “The dog was banished to the guest bedroom and we were unable to share our Christmas morning with Cody Bear,” Ms. Otto said bitterly.

    “The family blowup between my brother and I over the dog resulted in my mother not speaking to me for two months and my brother for four.” This Christmas will mark the first time that the Ottos will not be returning home.


    Where, one might ask at times like these, are the elegantly embossed cards people really need, ones reading: “I can’t believe I could have been so insensitive.” Or better yet, “I can’t believe you could have been so insensitive.”


    They might also include a sketch of a sophisticated, well-traveled pet. Something for an animal that understands, even if others do not, that it is a valued family member. And of course a handwritten note, the tone bemused but firm.

    “Rex is truly sorry he sent Granny to the emergency room with the oxygen mask, but it isn’t like anyone told me she was allergic. All is forgiven, see you next New Year’s. Leaps and Gloppy Drooly Kisses — R.”

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    Both my mother and myself have been on the receiving end of a furry guest whom we did not invite. I love dogs but have spent most of my life renting in places which do not allow them. Yet I have still had people bring their untrained fur babies into my home. :wtf:

    Where are your manners? Don't tell me that if you leave Skippy at home alone, he tears apart the furniture, because that makes me think he will do the samein my home. :mad: Are you prepared to replace my $3,500.00 living room set, my antique Waterford crystal, punch bowl with 17 matching cups and crystal ladle? If not leave your fur baby in a kennel. :cool:
     
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    Yeah that is rude. One should always ask the host if they can bring anyone not specifically invited to any social engagement. That includes furry friends.
     
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    At least the dog's owners should have appeased their pet by giving him a cat to tear apart while alone in the bedroom.

    Some humans are so selfish.
     
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    Fur baby!
     
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    Thats crazy NJ, people sometimes think of just themselves, or their pets.
     
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    Yep, if I were driving 1200 miles, I'd certainly NOT bring Monster along. That'd just be selfish. =)



     
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    Definitely rude not to ask. Had some family over last Christmas who brought their dog unannounced. Admittedly he was lovely, well trained, quiet and didn't shed, but my sister suffers with asthma and pet hair can really cause her problems. Luckily this dog didn't, but there was no warning about him coming too.
     
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    3,500? that's not a lot of money. My parents let our cat into our living room that's creeping over 11,000 in refurnishing. He put his claws into the $7,000 couch... meh.
     
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    Poor skippy...........:biggrin1:
     
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    Sorry, If you know your relative has a pet and might bring it with
    them, to your home,you have an obligation, {as they do} to say; "Don't bring that friggin' dog! " It makes the situation very clear,so that no one can say; "you didn't tell me not to bring him"
    I always told my family,I'm bringing "Monster & Irene.
    They were always very well behaved,if they weren't
    invited,neither was I.
    Monster, was a very handsome, and charming dog,much like this "monster" is here!
    cigarbabe:saevil:
     
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    Yes, I got that. People can stay in hotels then... most allow pets, then you wont be stepping on anyones toes or pissing anyone off.
     
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    People should ask before the come to visit. They should ask if they can bring their dog's or pets.
     
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    I always bring my killer goldfish with me.Nobody DARES to say a word!
    That's how Uncle Harry disappeared.
     
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    I usually bring my cat with me when I travel. The separation anxiety is very stressful to both of us if I don't. She literally makes herself sick if she can't find me for longer than a few days. I, knowing this, just stress out and worry about my little fuzz-face. So, where I go, I usually take the cat along. However, I have never taken her anywhere without specifically asking, and being honest about her bad behavior.

    She likes to scratch leather, and she's likely to test one's patience with regard to the "no pets on the table" rule. She also bites. Though never unprovoked, she bites due to stimuli other cats tend to ignore. When possible, I arrange a sitter. However, like I said, she makes herself sick when she can't find me after a while.
     
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    I have cream-coloured carpet in my place, so everyone I know with pets knows that the pets are not included in any invitations I extend. And I don't think that any of my friends are so insensitive as to bring a dog or cat along uninvited.

    I have good friends and relatives with dogs and cats (yes, plural). When I visit them, I dose up on allergy medication (I developed what is presumably a pet dander allergy in my early 30s). I wouldn't dream of asking them to put their pets outside or in a basement - it's their house, their rules.
     
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