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He Plans Perfect Engagement Trip, Yet Finds Himself in an Unusual Ultimatum About Her Pet —Could This Be the End?

In a whirlwind of love, golden retrievers, and simmering tension, the Original Poster (OP) navigates an escalating conflict between his engagement bliss and his fiancé’s dog obsession. The story climaxes in an intense confrontation, leaving readers on edge about the fate of their relationship.

A Golden Beginning

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OP, a 28-year-old man, proposes to his girlfriend, who is 27 years old. As they’re planning their wedding for the next year, the spotlight remains on her five-year-old golden retriever mix rather than their impending nuptials. Having had traumatic experiences with dogs in the past, OP finds this concerning.

Furry Priorities

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OP’s fiancé often prioritizes her dog over other important aspects of life. She has even turned down job offers that wouldn’t allow her to work from home, fearing for her pet’s well-being. Meanwhile, OP is working from home three days a week, and instead of engaging with him, his fiance always texts him asking about the dog’s condition.

Unsettling Preparations

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OP meticulously plans a romantic trip to celebrate their engagement, making reservations at a nice hotel and a fine-dining restaurant. Their close friend is asked to look after the dog for the weekend. Despite his efforts, the focus still seems to be majorly on the dog, as OP’s fiancé insists on getting updates every two hours.

Delayed Departure

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They are due at the restaurant for their 7 PM reservations, but OP’s fiancé doesn’t start getting ready until 6:40 PM, anxiously waiting for the sitter’s update about the dog. This results in them arriving late at the restaurant and having to wait an additional 30 minutes for a table to open. The couple’s supposed romantic dinner is already off to a rocky start.

Stolen Moments

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Once seated, OP’s fiancé is fixated on her phone, attempting to contact their friend for updates about the dog. The engagement celebration dinner they were supposed to enjoy together is tarnished by her relentless concern for the pet. Fed up, OP pays for the meal and leaves her at the table to go sit in the car.

The Parking Lot Confrontation

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Twenty minutes later, OP’s fiancé comes out to the car, furious at him for leaving her alone at the table. A heated argument ensues in the parking lot, with OP expressing his frustration about her spoiling their engagement trip by prioritizing the dog. The conflict reaches its peak here, shattering the romantic illusion of their getaway.

The Silent Drive

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They drive home in silence, the air filled with resentment and unspoken words. The excitement and joy of their engagement trip are completely overshadowed by their argument over the dog. Their relationship hangs in the balance as they return home.

The Ultimatum

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OP’s fiancé considers staying with her parents for a while; the fight has escalated to a critical level. The decision to leave hangs in the air, adding another layer of tension to the situation. This leaves OP and his fiancé teetering on the edge of a possible separation.

Judgment and Backlash

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Finally, OP is branded as the villain by some friends and family for leaving his fiancé at the restaurant. The public perception seems to be against him, causing additional strain on him. Amid all this, he is left pondering about the drastic measures he should take to mend their relationship.

The Intervention

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A mutual friend reaches out to both sides to try to help them find a middle ground. He suggests seeing a pet behaviorist, which OP thinks sounds ludicrous. OP believes his finance’s perspective on treating the dog like a baby is the crux of their impasse.

The Final Showdown

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Faced with mounting pressures, OP and his fiancé are still not eye to eye and haven’t built a significant bridge to understanding each other’s viewpoints. OP is worried that although he may have reacted a bit intensely, his behavior was partially justified due to her obsession with her dog’s well-being. Furthermore, he wonders if she prioritizes the dog over their relationship.

Uncertain Future

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With tensions high and the future uncertain, the story concludes with the couple at a crossroads. Despite seeking help and trying to work through their issues, their relationship remains on shaky ground. Will they reconcile and head toward marital bliss, or will the obsession with the dog lead to their downfall? The story ends on this cliffhanger, leaving any updates to be added as the story unfolds.

Was The Couple’s Behavior Wrong?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “I’m kinda curious as to why he gave her the ring in the first place. Nothing about this is new; she’s always been like that if I read it correctly.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote: “She does care about the dog too much – to the point where she is rejecting jobs and texting every two hours is insane. You both don’t sound compatible. Get your ring back and move on.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person states, “I love my pets to bits, but a daily update from a close friend who’s watching her dog should have been enough.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another viewpoint on the story: “Your fiancé cares about her dog more than her future life partner or her own career. She wasn’t mentally present there with you anyway, so you are not ridiculous for leaving dinner.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a Reddit thread.

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