His Friend Gave Him a Dog Because She Wasn’t Able to Train It but Now the Dog Is Well Behaved She Wants It Back

A man agreed to adopt his friend’s untrained four-year-old German Shepherd due to her struggle to manage its behavior. He devoted significant time, financial resources, and energy to transforming the dog into a well-behaved and compliant pet. Now, the friend wants the dog back!

He took in her unhappy dog

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The dog, Mari, wasn’t adapting to his friend’s house, her new owners, or the family’s other dogs. He could see the dog was having a rough time adjusting and that his friend had her hands full. So he asked her if she’d consider letting him take care of the dog. She agreed.

The dog is much better

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That was six months ago. Thanks to this guy’s effort, patience, and commitment, Mari is an entirely different dog. “She’s been house trained,” the guy said. “She listens to commands, is great with kids and strangers, and can be walked without a leash.”

Some friends came over

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Recently the guy had a few friends over to his house, including the close buddy who had given him the dog. She was amazed at Mari’s transformation.

She wants the dog back

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After seeing how well-behaved and trained Mari was, the woman wanted the dog back. She told the guy she’d return next week to pick up the pup. The guy was shocked, confused, and angry.

It’s his dog

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He admits he never actually bought the dog. But as soon as he took her, it was pretty much assumed that Mari was now his. His friend had even used words like “your dog” several times when talking to him about Mari.

He won’t give her up

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The friend had shown zero interest in Mari until she saw what a great job he’d done with her. The guy said no way; he’s keeping the dog.

She should have tried harder

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“I denied her and told my friend she should’ve put the work in herself if she wanted a trained dog,” wrote the guy. “To suddenly change your mind after I’ve spent all this time training her, treating her like family, buying her toys and such, genuinely hurt me.”

She’s serious about getting it back

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The original owner insists she wants Mari back, and the pair’s mutual friends seem to be on her side. In other words, they think he’s wrong to hold onto the dog. She even told them she offered the guy hundreds of dollars for the dog. He says this is a lie.

It’s more than he thought

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He never expected the situation to blow up like this. And because he fears it might worsen, he recently took steps to ensure Mari would stay under his care.

They’re a pair

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“I love this dog,” he said. “She’s there when I get home from work. She sleeps at the foot of my bed. She’s my best friend. I refuse to part with her.”

He’s taken precautions

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He has all Mari’s paperwork in order, making him the registered owner, and he got her microchipped. He’s also contacted the local police to inform them of the situation if his friend thinks about dog-napping Mari.

It’s still going on

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The feud is far from over, and the guy keeps his paws crossed that he’s done enough to make himself Mari’s legal owner.

Was he right to do what he did?

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But the man is unsure if he did the right thing, so he asked for advice. Was it right or wrong to keep the dog?

People Responded

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One user said, “Make sure you have vet bills and get her chipped and registered in your name ASAP. And then find new friends.”

Another said, “You took her when you asked if she’s going to get rid of the dog. Rid of the dog means GIVE UP! She couldn’t get the dog back, nope. Sorry…no can do. Keep Mari with you and have the papers ready in case she decides to sue you. She is trying to take advantage of you for training Mari and vet care, etc. She took an easy way out of training Mari.”

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