I never wanted to be the type of person who forced other humans into action.
I believe that everyone is autonomous and they should be able to do whatever they please.
That being said, there are times when it’s necessary to give people gentle or strong pushes in the right direction. Unfortunately, it seems to be reaching that point with my boyfriend when it comes to his recent acquisition of a massive, disturbing dog. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love animals. However, an ultimatum is coming his way. It’s going to be me or the dog staying in his life and that’s that. Whenever he went out to adopt a dog, I was careful to remind him that I had horrific indoor air quality sensitivities. If he was going to get a large, dirty animal I was going to be having a horrendous time with my indoor allergies. I can barely breathe when I’m under the same roof as a cat, let alone a massive fluffy dog. The pet hair and dander effectively irritates my lungs and mucous membranes to the point that I can’t breathe or see straight. That’s when I start having to dose myself with over-the-counter prescription medications. Soon, I am so preoccupied with the indoor air pollutants that I can’t even sleep at night. I warned him about all of these allergy concerns and air quality issues I have, but that didn’t stop him from going out and adopting a Newfoundland. Now, I can’t breathe in his house and he pollutes my indoor air with the pet dander that follows him over. At this point, my air purification system can’t even handle the air quality issue. I hate to tell him, but it’s going to be me or this big fluffy beast.