I am new to the forum and just have a question about getting a dog...
I have wanted a dog all my life. Seriously, my whole life. My parents gave me a cat instead, which I was fine with, I love cats and am now mainly a cat person. My hubby and I have 6 of them, and they are our babies.
We also have birds and several aquariums. I love animals, and because my hubby works a lot, I am the main caregiver for all of the animals, and I also pay about 90% for everything to do with the animals, which is fine with me.
So here comes the issue. I recently started looking into getting a dog again, it's something that pops into my head at regular intervals, but my hubby isn't keen on it so I always end up putting it on hold.
But I want one. I have always wanted one, I am fascinated with animal training and behaviour, and I am studying to become a vet nurse. I want my very own dog to train and study and interact with.
I told hubby this, and he seemed to entertain the idea for a few minutes, and then said no. No way, not happening. He does not want a dog.
I then said I will pay for everything, replace anything it breaks and take full responsibility for everything ever, and will take care of all of the training. Everything, he would not have to lift a finger ever, which is how it mostly is with the other animals anyway.
But still, the answer is no, he doesn't want a dog in the house.
And this only a few weeks after telling me he might not ever want to have children, which I have accepted.
So my question is, do I really need to get his permission to bring a dog into the house? We are talking a small, low maintenance breed here, which I would put a lot of effort into training to have good manners etc.
I know it's ideal that we both agree on it, but why does he get to decide against it, and I don't get a say at all?
I know this is kind of long, so if you made it all the way to the end, thanks