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Her Dog Gave Birth to Adorable Puppies, But When Her Neighbor Claimed Ownership of One, Things Took an Unexpected Turn.

When the Original Poster (OP) discovered her dog had given birth to puppies fathered by her neighbor’s dog, a complicated dispute arose. The neighbor, having witnessed the unintended mating, asserted his right to claim one of the puppies. With strong reservations about her neighbor’s pet-care standards, OP finds herself in a moral and emotional quandary.

OP’s Usual Routine

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Every morning, OP takes her dog for a walk in the park for thirty minutes. Then she procures a tennis ball from her purse and spends the next fifteen minutes playing fetch. After a drink from a water bottle, the dog and owner walk back to their house so that OP can work from home with her dog naps at her feet.

Unexpected Beginnings

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OP’s two-year-old Dalmatian mysteriously gets pregnant and two months later gives birth to a litter of eight puppies. Their parentage is quickly established: the father is the neighbor’s unneutered Border Collie.

The Secret Litter

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OP considers confronting her neighbor over the unsanctioned breeding but decides against it since she doesn’t know him well and worries about future repercussions. For months, she kept their presence a secret.

Blended Features

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The puppies are a vision of health and cuteness. Each one bears features resembling both parent dogs – black-and-white patches with black spots on short, slick fur. Their mixed heritage is evident and charming.

Sudden Demands

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Upon discovering the puppies, the neighbor approaches OP. He immediately stakes a claim, asserting a right to one of the puppies since his dog is the father. He has his eye on the largest male.

OP’s Refusal

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OP is taken aback and rejects the neighbor’s demand. Her refusal is rooted in the neighbor’s past actions or lack thereof. She presents clear reasons to counter his claim – this litter was unplanned and should have been prevented by keeping the border collie out of her fenced yard.

Breach of Consent

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The neighbor never sought OP’s consent before the dogs mated. His complete oversight makes OP uncomfortable. She hadn’t been involved or informed in any capacity. She was completely shocked when she realized her dog was pregnant.

Absent Care

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OP highlights the neighbor’s negligence towards both dogs. Throughout the process, he showed no responsibility or concern. OP’s trust in him is minimal at best. Additionally, she believes he lacks the ideal setup to raise a puppy properly.

Dietary Missteps

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OP’s concerns are heightened by the neighbor’s feeding habits for his dog. Human food such as potato chips and French fries, unsuitable for canine consumption, is a regular in the dog’s diet. The health implications are worrisome.

A Dilemma Arises

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Torn and unsure, OP grapples with what’s best for the puppies but feels pressured. To OP, the puppies are more than just pets. They’ve become integral members of her family – their well-being and happiness are paramount.

Inseparable Bonds

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The strong connection between the puppies, their mother, and siblings is evident. Separating them could cause undue stress and trauma. At a tender age of four weeks, the puppies are still heavily reliant on their mother – weaning or separation could be detrimental.

Signs of Neglect

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The neighbor’s carelessness with his own dog amplifies OP’s worries. His dog often spends long hours outside, unattended and ignored. OP is resolved to protect the puppies from any potential harm.

Bracing for Repercussions

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OP anticipates the challenges and confrontations that might arise as her neighbor has not given up on claiming a puppy. She remains steadfast, even in the face of potential disagreements. Her commitment to the puppies is unyielding.

Love That Binds

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Amid the external challenges, OP’s devotion to the puppies is unwavering. Her love and commitment shine through every decision. They are her world, and she’ll do anything to protect them.

Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?

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OP posts her story online for feedback and advice from the internet community. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter.

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “You blame his dog when you decided not to spay or neuter your dogs. That’s irresponsible pet ownership.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “You and your neighbor both have unfixed animals, and now you’re arguing over puppies. Manage the ones you already have first.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “You say your neighbor is not fit to care for another puppy, yet you had no idea what fixing or spaying meant up to now, which means you also did not research being a responsible dog owner, yet you want to keep all the puppies.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader commented, “First responsibility is to ensure the dogs are well cared for, so if he’s not caring for his dog, he forfeits any right to demand another.”

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