No dogs at Christmas
December 24, 2013 5:00 AM Subscribe
Despite no one wanting to go there, it seems that we're doing Christmas at my sister's house this year. No one wants to go there because a) she doesn't cook well and b) she has two big, untrained, messy, and annoying dogs. I can handle the crappy food if I don't have to deal with the dogs. How can I get her to keep them in a separate room without getting really pissed at me?
posted by firei to Human Relations (43 answers total)
Everyone will be doing there own thing in the morning, then in the early afternoon, we will all go to my sister's house and stay there for the rest of the evening. Sister lives with husband and 3 year old daughter, they have a nice, large house.
The dogs are very exuberant black labs - nice dogs, but zero training, so they continue to bark, harass, and drool on everyone throughout the afternoon, plus the dog hair everywhere that my sister doesn't bother to clean. We tend to dress nicely for Christmas, which ends up as a waste of time because the nice clothes get drool and dog hair all over them.
I don't think I can go the allergy route - they know I'm not allergic. My mom was going to ask them tomorrow when we arrived, but I think it would go over better to give them a little advanced notice.
TLDR: I'm not a dog person, none of the rest of the family likes having the dogs underfoot and harassing us all day. BUT I think sister and brother-in-law will be pissed if we tell them that and ask them to keep them in another room.
What reasons besides "I don't like your dogs" can I give them that won't ruin Christmas?