The SO's family has had dogs forever. He now wants us to get a dog since he thinks it would make a great part of the family and a good pet. The problem is, I dislike dogs. His family has this big black lab that eats off of plates, climbs into bed with us and tries to give me 'doggy kisses'. Of course everybody thinks this is SO sweet but I find it absolutely disgusting the way they won't manage their dog and expect me to put up with it. And now SO wants his own dog, and we're supposed to spend money to buy it, get it vaccinated, board it every time we go on vacation, feed it, train it etc. We live in a crowded area and I see all these people out in the evenings with their dog and their pooper-scooper and I told my SO that I wasn't going to do that - ever! I'm also allergic to some types of dander. What am I supposed to say to the SO who tells me very sincerely that he'll take care of the dog once he gets it, and I'll change my mind once we get the dog? My son's also very happy and wants a dog too. His birthday is next month, and he's been begging for a dog for ages. Vent over. What am I supposed to do? I'm only a hair away from saying "if you bring a dog into this house, I'm leaving"