Some back story is, I have never had a pet, and I have absolutely no desire to start now. I see them as something that costs money, ties you down, causes grief, smells, makes a mess, and needs constant attention. My wife has now decided she needs a dog (I think it is because our kids are growing up and do not need her attention as much as they used to). She is now not speaking to me because I said in no uncertain terms that I do not want a pet in the house. As much as she says she will look after the dog, I know that I would end up with some of the work, and it would obviously impact our lives, and I just don't want to go there. Am I being unreasonable? Update: In 2009 my wife bought a $500 older purebred lap dog of some type. I spent two days reworking our fence so it couldn't get out of the back yard, she spent more $100s on toys, food, misc equipment. After a week realized she was allergic to it and gave it away. We were together for another 4 years when we came to the realization we were done and I've enjoyed being single for the last 1 1/2 years.