He’s an­gry his mate’s been so ir­re­spon­si­ble

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Health -

Q My son shares a flat with an­other young man who got a dog soon af­ter they moved in to­gether. My son has helped look af­ter the dog, but now his flat­mate has met a new part­ner who doesn’t like dogs. If he can’t find a home for her, he’ll take her back to the dogs’ home. My son is fu­ri­ous about this and thinks it’s very ir­re­spon­si­ble.

He’s not in a po­si­tion to take on a dog him­self: he’s sin­gle and might move to an­other town for work. When his fa­ther and I have raised this, he be­comes cross and says we’re un­sup­port­ive.

Pat, Glas­gow

A We of­ten re­spond de­fen­sively when some­one tells us some­thing that rings true, but isn’t what we want to hear. I ex­pect your son knows it’s not a good idea on one level and was hop­ing you would give him li­cence to take the dog. You’ve said what you think and it’s now up to him to make his own de­ci­sion. He’s aware it’s a se­ri­ous re­spon­si­bil­ity, so he’s un­likely to take it lightly.

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