One night, my girlfriend and I were at a rehearsal dinner for our friend’s wedding (that was the next day). We had been out for quite a few hours and throughout this time there had been a constant stream of light rain. On the drive home, the rain seemed to pick up a bit and my girlfriend mentioned that she hopes that my father did not leave our dog outside. As I have mentioned before, my father has a track record of letting my dog out to go to the bathroom and forgetting about her.
When we pulled up the driveway, we could see my little dog in the backyard hiding under the patio table. We sat in the car for a minute or so (not too long!) to see if my father would let her in. No one came to the side door.
So, my girlfriend and I opened the garage, let our dog in with us and waited about five minutes more to see if my father would let her in. Still, he did not come to let her in.
My dog’s fur was damp and it seemed like she had been outside for a little while, but it could have been hard to tell since we did not know how long she was under the patio table trying to stay dry. This angered me that my father would do something like this, which is, leave a little 9 pound dog outside in the rain after I had specifically told him that he does not have to let her out and that I would take care of it.
As we walked to the side door to go inside I assumed he was drunk and forgot about her. But, when I approached the door, something made me think that he intentionally left my dog outside. When I tried to open the door, the door was locked!
My father came straight to the door. He said, “Sorry, I thought you were at a wedding”. Immediately, to my surprise, my girlfriend said “that does not mean you can leave our dog outside in the rain all night”. I assumed my girlfriend was thinking the same thing I was: that my father let my dog outside with no plans of letting her in. We were gone for the night, so that gives him free reign to let my dog outside all night so he could relax in peace without her “bothering” him, right?
My father must have been in shock that my girlfriend said something to him because he did not reply. My girlfriend and I just walked past my father and took our dog upstairs to dry her off.