The saying goes that dogs are man’s best friend. For many people, this couldn’t be more true, and most dog-owners would go to great lengths to ensure the safety and well-being of their furry family members. One woman took this to extreme lengths, choosing to end her marriage of twenty-five years when her husband made his wife choose between the dogs and him.
A husband made his wife choose between him and the dogs
Liz Haslam and her husband Mike were high school sweethearts. They married after graduation and moved to a house in the countryside in Barnham, Suffolk, United Kingdom. The couple had one child together and lived there for twenty-five years.
During that time Liz began rescuing dogs. Her mother had raised West Highland Terriers, and her father owned an animal feed company, so her love of dogs ran deep. Figuring there was enough space on their property, Liz opened a business called Beds for Bullies, which focused on providing shelter for bull terriers in need.
Mike began to feel that everything in their lives revolved around the dogs, many of whom had medical conditions that required constant care, and that made it more difficult to find them permanent homes.
He confronted Liz, saying “it’s either me or the dogs”, and with that their relationship ended.
“I thought that, after 25 years, he should’ve known that giving up dogs was not a part of my intentions, not at all. He knew from the moment we got married what I was all about. I don’t know what he expected,” said Liz .
Liz went into further detail, explaining how she and Mike had begun drifting apart. He was very busy with work, so Liz took refuge in her dogs, who gave her all of the love and attention she felt she was missing.