My in laws were looking to rescue an adult scottie, so that they could skip the puppy stage. The rescues they contacted multiple times couldn't even bother to respond, so they found a breeder. Okay, good, they need a dog, everything's great. Then my SO comes home and tells me his parents are picking up the puppy this weekend and they'd like to know if they can drop it off at our house until it's potty trained. Yeahhh . . . His parents are so sweet I couldn't find the strength to say no. I never can say no to family, it makes me feel so guilty. Not sure where the guilt comes from. I only get puppies in order to wind up with a good dog, but in this case I'll have to give it up right when it's starting to get really interesting. I know I'll fall in love with the thing, and that's going to be hard. I will be the one caring for it. My SO loves animals, but ultimately, if I didn't care for them, he probably wouldn't own them. His parents aren't rude enough to expect us to pay for anything the puppy needs, and they do help out a ton so I feel like they can call in favors whenever they want, but I'm just thinking about all the work that goes into raising a puppy, the accidents, the whining, the middle of the night potty breaks . . . this is quite a favor. Blarg. I'm not silly enough to blame anyone but myself, it's totally my fault for not having a spine, but still . . . blarg. I just thank goodness I actually like my in laws. I can't even imagine the bitter little jerk I'd be if they were the stereotypical evil in laws you always see being depicted. I'm going to just have to console myself by taking hundreds of cute puppy photos. So, do other people have a hard time saying no when family asks favors of you? If not, may I borrow your spine for future use? I promise I'll try to return it in better condition than when I receive it, polish it up and all that, make it sparkle.