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awkward situation with roommates parents... need input (dog related)

Ok so I have a 4 month old pitbull, so far shes been a great dog. Really mellow and playfull and also very sweet with everyone (humans and dogs alike). Picture of her:
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I also just moved into my new place with one of my best friends. He didn't mind the dog at all, but today his parents came over for there 'weekly check' and I happened to be in the kitchen making food and my dog was on the couch sleeping. Anyway the puppy always gets real excited when people come over so she of course jumped on them with her tail wagging at 50 mph just wanting some attention and petting. They ignored her and she just sniffed there feet and then came back over to me. Anyway they talk to there son (my roomate) drop off some stuff and then leave. After about 5 minutes his dad comes in alone and approaches me and says that we need to talk about the dog situation.

He proceeds to tell me that he wouldn't of signed the lease knowing that I would of had my dog there (They knew I had a dog before we moved in). Then he goes on a rant about how my dog is going to destroy everything because its 'an animal' and that there is no controlling it. And blah blah, the rant turned into a gripe about pitbulls in general and how she was going to attack people without warning and what not. As I tried to explain that its all about how you raise and train them, and that in the 3 weeks that we've lived here she hasn't even tried to chew on anything that she wasn't suppose to, he seemed to just ignore it and go back to his statement about her being 'an animal'. At one point he even asked me if she could live in my room alone and not be in the living room at all... At that point I explained to him that if she lived in my room all the time that would be a great way of making her aggressive and of course he just ignored it. So I explained to him that she was always under my supervision at the apartment and when I'm at class or out of the apartment I either take her with me or over to my brothers so she can play with the dogs there and not be kenneled alone in my room. As well as if she did destroy something I would gladly pay for it out of my own pocket (don't think it would ever happen though) and I tried to explain to him some of the misconceptions about pitbulls and even told him he should do his own research if he didn't believe me.

Needless to say it was very awkward situation and it didn't really even seem to matter what I said as his mind seemed to be set in stone that he wanted the dog out of the apartment. Some of his comments made it seem like I had a damn lion cub living in the apartment. I honestly don't even know why he cares so much since he doesn't even live there, and my roommate has no problem with it... (Well he does pay his half of the rent) It obviously didn't help that roommate was all hungover from last night so he didn't really participate in the discussion. Do you guys think I handled it well? Any advice? Obviously I can't break the lease and yes my apartment allows dogs.



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Re: awkward situation with roommates parents... need input (dog related)

opps just realized I didn't really post the end to the discussion, which was him basically saying we would discuss it further at another time.


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Marcio, long time no talk bud. I believe you handled it perfectly and some people just cant be convinced. Just let it play out and see how it goes. Worst case your gonna have to leave or something dude but one things for sure, animals are precious gifts and dont let anyone else tell you otherwise.


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Re: awkward situation with roommates parents... need input (dog related)

I think when you guys "discuss" it further, by then sit down with your roommate and know where thier standpoint on you dog is and then if he's cool with it tell his parents to put a sock in it... lol

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Who cares bout what they say anyway, my dad always told me not to mod my car bcuz its going to void the warranty...I was like da heck man if they can offer you a warranty for 4 years im pretty sure that there will be no problem at all. Unless you would drive the car as a tank. So maybe the older generation is like more stubborn and only believe what other older person tells them, perhaps you should bring Your dad and talk to him. And have them fight a lil bit, that might be entertaining.
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I don't see a problem here. You pay your rent, their son pays his. You've already said you'd pay for whatever the dog may damage. Tell em to stuff it.


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fuck that guy. Why should you have to do what he says?
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Exactly, once I heard the, "If she breaks anything I'll gladly pay for it," I would've accepted it at that and walked away but this guy is just being a jerk. Yeah, talk to your roommate and next time the dad comes, sit down with both of them and let him engage too.

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alright thanks guys, I'll keep you updated on what happens.


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Well theres a specific reason on why he doesnt want the dog there... maybe try to find out why he is so against having this kind of dog and then work around it or try to set him at ease with it. I hate hard headed people that dont wanna listen to anything anyone has to say and think that their opinion is the only opinion out there. Or that completing eliminate any other opinion out there.


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