A woman said that her partner’s young daughter is pretending to be scared of her dog to get rid of her – and it appears to be working.
Sharing her story anonymously, the woman said that she had been dating a man who had a young daughter for some time, and they had just moved in together.
While the woman doesn’t have any kids herself, she does have a pet dog – a one-year-old rottweiler named Tank, who is ‘the sweetest dog you could ever meet’.
But her partner’s daughter pretends to be afraid every time she sees the dog, and the woman suspects it is to avoid spending time with her.
Sharing her story on Reddit, the woman wrote: “The first time she visited, she acted as though she was afraid of my dog. She refused to pet him, stroke him, or even go near him even though her mom has a French Bulldog, so she was obviously just trying to be difficult.
“We eventually had to put Tank in one of the bedrooms, and he whimpered for the entire time she was there. I told my boyfriend that we wouldn’t be doing that again. He agreed with me that he felt bad.
“When her mom came around, she told her about my “ugly dog.” The mom asked us if I could potentially take the dog to the park the next time she visits i.e. an excuse to not have me be around her daughter.
“The daughter had the smuggest look that I’ve ever seen on a child’s face.
“The next time the mom called to arrange a visit, my boyfriend told her that the dog would not be leaving the house. The mom started to get annoyed since her daughter ‘is scared of them’.
“We told her that until she’s refusing to play fair, she won’t be visiting again. I think the mom, and quite frankly her daughter, are being really selfish.”
After she shared her story online, the post proved popular with other Reddit users who were quick to share their advice.
One said: “She’s five years old are you’re calling her difficult and selfish? I don’t think the dog is the issue here, it’s how you treat your partner’s daughter.
“You don’t need to get rid of the dog, but you do need to get rid of your resentment of this five-year-old.”
Another person said: “The kid is five, not 15! Your priorities should be making sure that your husband gets to spend quality time with his kid, not banning her from the house for being afraid of a dog!
“She’s not playing you, you are playing your husband to keep his inconvenient daughter away from him.”
But not everyone disagreed with the woman, one user said they thought the five-year-old sounded like they knew what they were doing.
One person said: “People saying a five-year-old can’t be smug are in denial. I’ve been a five-year-old girl – they are super manipulative, especially with two separated parents.
“They aren’t fools. They see the possibilities in manipulating these parents against one another. I don’t ever date people with exes or kids. Too much drama.”