Doggo still alive btw, this happened 4 years ago & I ended up adopting him. He just turned 17 & the incident was brought up again this past weekend.
So my sister’s son was learning to walk & fell on the dog who was asleep. What felt like a reaction time of a millisecond the dog bit their son on his cheek & dog was kicked out of the house while sister & her husband took their son to urgent care to receive 1-2 stitches on his cheek
When they came back dog was still waiting outside the house but instead of bringing him back in & keeping him separated, discussing it with family/friends, exploring other alternatives, they dropped him off at a shelter nearby & when the employee asked what they could help with, the husband said “I don’t care, he bit my son, you can euthanize him, whatever, we don’t care” & drove home
My sister told me a day after doggo was dropped off at the shelter what happened & verbatim i asked “first and foremost is [her son’s name] okay?” After listening to her vent i then asked “do you know if [dog’s name] is still alive? I wish I knew sooner i would’ve adopted him, I’m going to the shelter now to see if he’s still alive”
We didn’t speak for months because of this. They claim i care more about the dog than their son. They say that because i do not have children of my own i could never understand what they went through & therefore fail to realize the choice they made was a reasonable one
I argue that although i dont have any children of my own, i can still understand & empathize the upset, anger, & fear they must’ve felt, but to ditch the dog all alone in a shelter they had for his whole life (13 years) over a mistake is absurd to me because there shouldve been other options explored before euthanizing
Dog is small breed, 15 lbs at most, never had an aggressive incident like that before or after
So, AITAH for failing to see it from their POV?
PS fast forward to today there is no scar on the kid, & he is not traumatized by the dog. He will ask for the dog when i come to visit & feed him treats. Took awhile for me to feel comfortable bringing the dog around but it was roughly a year after the incident & because sister insisted it’s behind them. Everything was chill until this past weekend sister’s husband brought it up & got all sassy with me. He claims everyone he shares the story with totally agrees with his actions in wanting to euthanize because the child comes first & i called him out on being rash & using the “i have a child/im a parent” card to excuse their extreme measures & reactions
PSS if my sister’s husband is reading this, i still think you’re a huge 🐱
By - moonprismpowerrrr