My partner resents our new puppy and it's putting a strain on our relationship

DEAR DEIDRE: OUR puppy is straining the relationship with my husband to breaking point.

We have been married for five years, are both 31 and have a boy of four and a girl of two. We have been struggling financially so my husband didn’t want a dog.

My sister’s Labrador had pups and the kids were desperate to have one, so I brought one home. But my husband resents the dog and it causes endless arguments.

The puppy had to have surgery after it swallowed one of the kids’ toys. I paid the vet using my credit card and my husband went mad when he saw the bill.

We don’t have sex any more as we don’t even sleep in the same bed. What do I do?

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DEIDRE SAYS: Say you are sorry and realise you made the wrong decision bringing the puppy home without his agreement.

Tell your sister you have made a mistake and ask if she would take the dog back or rehome it. It is harsh for you and the children but important the dog is in a happy environment.

Tell your husband you both need to work on your relationship, starting with sharing the marital bed again.

My e-leaflet Your Relationship MOT can help.


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