Hope us navigate the dangerous waters of puppies and bosses...
Those of you may have read my story
regarding our recent experiment in dog-ownership with Martha
, over on MeCha. We gave Martha up about two weeks ago now, and life has settled back into our pre-puppy quiet and normalcy.
My wife has a wonderful, caring boss. She is always doing things for her employees and is, honestly, one of the best people you could ever work for. Except for those moment when she gets a "brilliant" idea in her head and steamrolls with it. As she did today.
She apparently decided that what my wife needed to cut the stress and get over her mourning for Martha was...another dog! So, at the end of business today, she surprises my wife with...Chip!
Chip is some kind of toy poodle/Chihuahua mix and might weigh all of 2lbs soaking wet. That means that our family cat, Luke
, is approximately 8-times larger than Chip. Luke's non-negotiable dislike for Martha is what lead us to surrender her back to the shelter. It was always ugly when they came within spitting distance of each other. Chip will barely make a meal for Luke.
We're beside ourselves about this predicament. We can't keep Chip. We just can't. He's cute, playful, adorable and all that, but we truly do fear for his safety with Luke. Plus, if we were to choose another dog, Chip is not the type of dog we would choose. We really aren't big fans of purse-sized dogs.
My wife cried all the way on her hour commute home, feeling trapped by this quite lavish gift (approx $500 including dog, food, toys, bedding, etc) from a boss who truly does care for her and wants nothing more than my wife to be happy, and sincerely believes this puppy will reduce my wife's stress and bring her joy.
Bottom line...We can't keep Chip. But, how would you navigate rejecting such a heartfelt gift from someone who is genuinely caring? And who happens to be your boss, as well as a longtime friend? Who can, at times, take things very, very wrong, especially if you're rejecting one of her "brilliant" ideas? Like gifting a puppy.
We're stuck with Chip for the weekend. But, we really, really, really need to find a way out of this delicate situation. All suggestions will be appreciated.