Lots of people are planning spring and summer vacations right now — but one man with a baby is getting a lot of thumbs up on social media for announcing that he doesn’t want to take a long-planned family vacation if the baby brother comes along of him with a dog.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the 33-year-old man wrote in a Reddit post, “I was going on a family vacation with my family,” which includes a brother and sister in their 20s, he said.
“These happened about every other year,” he said.
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He continued, “For a lot of reasons, we haven’t taken a trip since 2018. I’m married and we have an 18-month-old. My sister has a boy and my brother has some kind of terrier” — but no girlfriend that I “know,” added male, who goes by the username ‘VacayThrowaway70707’.
He said his brother has now “morphed into a self-proclaimed ‘dog daddy’” and “he rarely seems to do things without the dog. We live in the same city, but in different areas, and we don’t see him that much. .”
The 33-year-old said the dog is “very friendly to me and I can’t speak to how he behaves for many days or around babies”.
The man explained that his parents have booked a beach house for extended family in Florida — and they’d like the whole crew to show up.
“In a few weeks,” the man wrote, “the deadline for a full cancellation refund is coming up and my parents need to know if we’re in.”
“I found out my brother is planning to bring his dog. My parents aren’t happy about it, but ‘it is what it is.’
The man said he and his wife live in the western part of the United States, “so we were going to fly. I found out my brother plans to bring his dog. My parents aren’t happy about it, but “it is what it is” — these are the words of my parents.”
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The man went on to say that he’s not a dog person and that he actually “despise them on planes. I don’t want to travel with the dog (optionally we’re on the same flight).”
She also said, “I don’t want to spend the week in the same house as the dog, I don’t want activities based on being dog-friendly, and I don’t want the dog around my son.”
He said his parents chose to stay out of the controversy and would have preferred the siblings to “get it out of the way”.
The man wrote that he “did the thing with my brother. Basically he’s not flexible on the dog, it’s his family and it’s a family vacation.”
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The Reddit poster added: “He says my 18 month old will be much more annoying and loud than his dog.”
The brother, he noted, “seems firm on it, and I am ready to withdraw from the trip. If I don’t go, the trip may be spoiled.”
“As relationships and families grow and take on children spouses and pets, new boundaries and arrangements must be met.”
The man and then others took to social media for their thoughts — and whether he’d be wrong to pull out of the trip and end up ruining the vacation for the whole family.
To date, the post has received over 9,000 reactions and more than 4,500 comments.
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Fox News Digital reached out to a psychologist for professional input on the family feud.
Dr. Jayme Albin, PhD, a clinical psychologist based in New York, said: “I think the ‘Sex and the City’ episode made it clear that people who are married with babies are not superior to those who are single and childless. families.”
He also told Fox News Digital, “It seems like this brother with a personal preference — or lack of preference for dogs — is trying to dictate the rules of the trip. He also seems to be making a lot of assumptions without talking to his brother.”
Dr Albin added: “In cognitive therapy, this is called reading and catastrophizing. As relationships and families develop and take on children, spouses and pets, new boundaries and arrangements need to be made – and they’re not always fair [older] parents to arbitrate these things.”
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He also said, “These two brothers should have a meeting to discuss sleeping arrangements and family outings etc so everyone is happy.”
“Kids are awesome, but you’re on a different planet if you think the holidays are going to revolve around the dog. They’re going to revolve around your baby.”
A commenter on the Reddit platform didn’t mince words in a message directly to the original poster.
“A baby is much more trouble than a dog,” the person wrote. “You can leave a dog at home alone for a few hours if people want to eat at a nice restaurant. It’s rude to bring a baby into a nice restaurant – they’ve got bedtime and they’re screaming at the movies.”
This same person continued, “Kids are awesome, but you’re on a different planet if you think the holidays are going to revolve around the dog. They’re going to revolve around your baby.”
Someone else had a different take: “If you don’t want to be around the dog, don’t go. It’s that simple. Make plans to visit your parents another time when the dog isn’t around. Bail now, saying she’s no good moment. Do not discuss it further.”
Another Reddit commenter, however, wasn’t buying that argument.
“Not sure that’s the case,” this person wrote. “The way he sets this up makes it sound like he’s bashing his younger brother for having a dog but no girlfriend, as if bringing a girlfriend instead of a dog would be perfectly acceptable to him.”
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This commenter continued: “The atmosphere [from the original poster] is that of an a—–e. [He] sounds like he has a superiority complex about how a man should live.”
This same commenter added, “Honestly, the dog being there is not an inconvenience to anyone but his brother, if not. here.”
The same person further said, “He seems to think his way of thinking is infallible.”
Another commenter could barely contain his impatience with the original Reddit poster: “Kids at this age [18 months old] they need naps and frequent mealtimes. You are limited in activities and tend to provoke anger. To think that the dog is the inconvenience in this situation that can be left alone for a few hours is bananas.’
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Another commenter struck this note: “I’d rather be on vacation with someone else’s dog than an 18 month old, no matter how well behaved. I’m a mother and small dog owner who knows both can be a pain to a– for various reasons from time to time.”
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Another person said this about the original poster: “I have a really hard time trusting people who don’t like dogs. Most of the time I’ve found them incredibly self-centered and just plain crazy in general.”