“I’m breaking up with my boyfriend because he refuses to let my Bichon share the bed with us when he sleeps over. I’ve had Maggie for ten years, but have been with him for just a year. I told him that she was here long before he was!”
A Bichon Frise is a small white dog, poodle-sized, but fluffier. Fans of the breed love our “fluffs” for their bright, engaging natures and their extreme cuteness. But our attachment to these dogs can present challenges. One Bichon owner recently posted that lament on a Bichon-related Facebook group.
“There’s an interesting dilemma,” I thought, anticipating that her post would spark a lively online debate.
I was dead wrong. Within a day, she’d received 400 comments, every one of them supportive.
The clear consensus among the Bichon crowd? A boyfriend who wouldn’t bed down with a Bichon should be kicked to the curb. The posted comments expressed this sentiment in a variety of ways:
A choice between a boyfriend and a Bichon? You call that a choice?
“I’d have done the same thing. Love my dog or there’s the door.”
“Love me, love my Bichons. Out you go!”
“Boyfriends come and go. Bichons are forever.”
“His loss, your gain. More room in the bed for you and Maggie!”
“Bichons before boys, I always say.”
“What is he — nuts? NOBODY gets between a girl and her Bichon.”
Kick him out. But tell Maggie to wee in his shoes first.
“Well look who ended up in the dog house… Adios, boyfriend!”
A dude who dislikes dogs? Be very suspicious.
“You can tell a lot about a man by the way he treats your dog.”
“A guy who starts with a demand like that will soon escalate to more if you give in. He needs to know that YOU take commitments seriously — starting with Maggie.”
“If he doesn’t treat Maggie well, he probably won’t treat you well either.”
Always choose your dog over a man. You won't ever regret your decision.
“Bichons are smarter than most men anyway. And far less aggravation.”
“The more I know about men, the more I love my Bichon.”
“No man will ever be as honest as your dog, or as loyal, or as caring. He might claim that he’ll be there for you. But you KNOW that Maggie will.”
“You don’t need a man in your life to make you happy. You need just two things. Yourself… and your dog.”
Mr. Right will love both you and your dog.
“You’ll find somebody nicer who will love Maggie too.”
“Peaches and I are a package. End of story.”
“The right guy will delight in a Bichon being part of your bedtime routine.”
You're not the first Bichon owner to make this call.
“I made the same decision with my ex. He said choose… and I did! Lilo has shared my bed since she was a puppy. Eight years and counting.”