'I Despise Dogs': Internet Stunned by Woman's Reaction to Sibling's Pets

Thousands of internet commenters were left confused after one woman explained why she banned her brother's dogs from their family's vacation house.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/Short-Reflection-423 described her hatred for canines, and the rift it has created between her and her sibling.

Titled, "AITA for not allowing my brother and his wife to stay over in our family vacation house if they bring the dogs?," the viral post has received nearly 4,200 votes and 3,000 comments in just 7 hours.

Writing that she has "never liked dogs," u/Short-Reflection-423 said that her brother and his wife have two dogs, and that they used to bring them to the vacation house. However, following the death of her grandmother, the Redditor assumed ownership of the home, and swiftly implemented strict rules concerning pets.

"Now that I'm the legal owner and also a mother of two kids, I made sure to tell [my brother] that [he] and his wife are welcome, but the dogs aren't," she wrote. "I despise dogs and also I don't want them around my kids."

Despite receiving support from both her mother and father, u/Short-Reflection-423 said her brother and sister-in-law "weren't too happy" about the decision to ban dogs, and that the couple now refuses to visit the vacation house.

"I told them to leave the dogs in a pet hotel or with some relative," she wrote. "They said this is not possible and [that] they'll just make sure to vacation elsewhere, where their dogs are welcome as well."

"I got mad at them for it and...told them they're ridiculous for valuing their f*****g dogs over their vacation time with family," she continued. "The rest of my siblings claim that I'm [the a**hole] for how I reacted...They claimed our brother respected my conditions and I'm just mad he chose to vacation elsewhere instead of catering to me."

Across the world, more than 471 million dogs are kept as pets, according to Statista.

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Redditors were quick to call out one woman who banned her brother's dogs from their family's vacation house. Sjale/iStock / Getty Images Plus

In the United States, dogs are far and away the most popular pet, with 69 million pet-owning households including at least one dog throughout 2021 and the beginning of 2022.

However, for those who aren't as in love with dogs as the rest of the world, the thought of an unwanted pet in the home can be a stressful one.

In cases when dog owners are allowed to bring their canine companion along to a friend or relative's home, it is recommended that firm ground rules and boundaries are set immediately.

"Once you arrive at your host's home, it's good dog etiquette to find out where the dog will be allowed and which areas are off limits," pet food retailer Chewy's editorial website, BeChewy, reads.

Although dogs are often welcome at family gatherings and vacations, bringing pets along without first alerting hosts (and homeowners) is considered poor etiquette.

"The best policy is to simply talk to your hosts," the website reads. "Ask a few questions to ensure everybody in the house is okay with having a dog around."

Responding to the viral Reddit post, many Redditors assured u/Short-Reflection-423 that she was within her rights to stop her brother from bringing his dogs to the family's home, but made it clear that her complaints about his decision to vacation elsewhere were entirely unwarranted.

In one of the post's top comments, which has received more than 5,000 votes, Redditor u/DisneyBuckeye said that the original poster's brother was simply adhering to her anti-dog policy.

"You gave them [two] options—come without the dogs or don't come," they wrote. "You can't then get angry if they choose one of the options you set for them."

"While you're within every legal right not to want dogs in the vacation house, you have no bearing or reason to be an a**hole to them if they chose to vacation elsewhere from now on," Redditor u/Solarly_Challenged added. "It's their choice and they don't need to justify it to you."

Redditor u/SingleUseStirStick, whose response has received close to 1,000 views, said the original poster is not owed vacation time with her sibling, and that the family's vacation house should not be used as a bargaining chip.

"They are not obligated to spend vacation time with you," they commented. "You can't use the house as a carrot stick for them to get rid of the dogs."

"[You're the a**hole]," Redditor u/Bossman_1 added. "I'm not sure how that's not obvious to you. Sounds like you're mad that you're less important than the dogs."