Post # 1
My man has been quite adament that we shouldn’t get a pet, due to the responsbilities involved – he used to have a dog and said that as rewarding as it is, he spent hours training him, hosing down pee and poop, taking care of medical costs, etc.
I know I have the capability of just getting one and proving to him that I’m willing to take on just as much responsibility, however it would be nice that it was a mutual decision and not done behind his back!
So the question is, how did you get your man to agree on a pet? Did you start small perhaps (eg. bird, rodent) or take on petsitting and gradually get your own? What worked for you?
Post # 3
Would he consider fostering? That might be something of an inbetween step so you can both see how it goes without the lifelong commitment!
Post # 4
I just begged. A lot. lol It was only a guinea pig though, not a dog or cat. His boss also encouraged him to let me adopt it (he works at an animal shelter). Good luck! I defiitely agree that you should come to a mutal decision about it.
Post # 5
I would definitely recommend fostering a dog. If there is a certain breed you’re looking for you can find a rescue group for the breed or just go to your local humane society.
Post # 6
Luckily I didn’t have to. My fiance and I are both “pet people”.
2 of our 3 dogs, I’ve just told him “we’re driving to [city or state] in 2 weeks to pick up a dog”.
Post # 7
I already had a bird that I moved in (that FI hates), and I got a hamster a couple months after. We are now about to be fostering a dog (FI finally agreed). Apparently he just had to go pet a dog and realize how much he wanted one. Good luck!
Post # 8
FH bought horrible yet thoughtful christmas presents and he realized it. When I saw the puppy online he told me we would go get her.
Post # 9
Honestly? We both wanted one but he was wary of the “costs” both money and time.
So I said “Well, let’s just go look.” And we brought her home that day. 🙂 The 2nd was way easier. “She needs a friend.” “Yeah.” 🙂
Post # 10
My fiance and I agreed on getting a dog from a shelter that was 2-3 years old that was already housebroken instead of a puppy that we had to potty-train. We love our little girl!!
Post # 11
I said I wanted a pet (a dog, a cat, a bird, whatever) and he said no. He said we can get a fish tank and I can pick out the fish… I’m still trying to convince him to let me get a pet.
Post # 12
@abbyful: That’s kind of how we got our second dog. Our first dog I got from a manager at work and I called him and said, can we “test” him out over the weekend and he never left. The second was “we’re going to test a dog with Ace this weekend.” He never left either 🙂