A woman has decided to end her 25-year-long marriage after her husband gave her a highly unusual ultimatum.
53-year-old Mike informed 49-year-old wife Liz Haslam she had to make a very difficult decision; pick between him or her 30 dogs.
As many pet lovers will surely understand, Liz decided to pick her canine companions over her beloved; telling her disgruntled husband to sling his hook.
She – perhaps unsurprisingly – hasn’t heard from her estranged spouse in the 18 months since the split, but is feeling pretty positive about her drastic decision.
My husband said ‘it is me or the dogs.’ I haven’t seen or heard from him since.
I thought after 25 years, he should know giving up the dogs was not what my intentions were.
He just got to the point where he had enough and he wanted to slow down.
But I wasn’t prepared to give it all up. So he decided to go, and obviously that was his choice.
The couple – who share a 22-year-old son by the name of Ollie – met when Liz was just 16. She left home to live with him after completing her school education, and they tied the knot in January 1991.
However, fast forward to over a quarter of a century later and things had become a little bit hairy…
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Liz established a successful boarding kennel after the family moved into a two-bedroom farmhouse in Barnham, Suffolk, complete with half an acre of land. Plenty of room for energetic dogs to bound around after sticks.
She also set up BedforBullies, an organisation which rescues Bull Terriers, and began fostering dozens of dogs; many of which had medical and/or behavioural issues.
Liz is presently fostering 30 rescue dogs with at least half of them experiencing complex needs. Five foster dogs are deaf, with two having only one eye. Three animals are ex-fighting dogs, four have defects and one suffers from brain damage.
Unfortunately, Liz’s unwavering passion for her animal friends put a strain on the relationship.
According to Liz:
We just drifted more and more apart. He was heavily into his work and it left me with nothing to do.
I didn’t want to be a work widow so I buried myself in my dogs.
Dedicated Liz spends about 18 hours a day taking care of her beloved dogs; walking them four times each every 24 hours.
Liz Haslam with some of her bullies…
It's only 5 but getting 5 to pose is hard enough!
— Bedsforbullies (@bedsforbullies) June 4, 2018
BedsforBullies reportedly ‘purely relies on donations,’ taking on animals which other rescues wouldn’t.
The kennel business only has seven spaces to let, and doesn’t cover all of the costs required, leaving Liz saddled with a vets’ bill of over £4,000.
Furthermore, she is paying rent arrears on her £800-a-month cottage; with the landlord now demanding she vacate the property within the year.
Della and Dotster the ex bait dogs with Liz Haslam who has bought them back to health and happiness pic.twitter.com/m0fmkHYo4V
— Bedsforbullies (@bedsforbullies) September 27, 2014
Despite these challenges this ultimate ‘dog person’ is happy, explaining:
I have re-homed so many dogs and now I am looking for a home.
I have chosen to do this. I love it.
Elsie & Hooch!
They are in need of a loving forever home! ??❤?
Please contact us if you're interested in either of them…
— Bedsforbullies (@bedsforbullies) June 7, 2018
So the question remains, who would you honestly pick if push came to shove, dogs or spouse?
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.