Woman cuts off arranged marriage after man raises concerns about her dog because pets are better than husbands

When it comes to dating, if someone won’t accept you for the way you are, it’s always best to tell them to get the heck out of your life. Or take lessons from Karishma Walia, who turned down an arranged marriage because the man didn’t like her dog. No dog, no go. According to Buzzfeed, he’s still sort of in shock that she would choose a dog over a life with him. Walia is originally from Bengaluru, India, but works in Gurgaon, and was in talks with a man from a good family from New Delhi. However, things went south when the two were discussing Lucy, Walia’s dog.

The man wrote, saying that he hadn’t heard from her and wanted a response. Walia wrote, “Thought we spoke about this. Dog going to be an issue. So…” The man then texted back, further explaining his problem with the dog sharing the same bed and ruining his love life. Also, his mother doesn’t like dogs. Walia remains pretty calm and essentially makes a shrug emoji. “So that’s why I’m saying it won’t work out!,” she told him.

The poor guy just doesn’t get it. “My god,” he wrote. It could have been worse; she could have called him an asshole. But she found a way to do it the nice way.

Walia later told Buzzfeed there was a lot of family pressure and she didn’t think it was going to be a good match from the start. “He would say things like ‘family should be a priority and not career,'” she said. “I gave up when he commented about my dog. I don’t know why my family still thinks he’s an eligible bachelor.”

And he did seem like sort of an asshole, later texting her a news clipping about a woman in California who had “too good” of a husband, only furthering the argument that he believes women should abide by gender roles and put everything in their life — like a dog or a career — below him. Nah, dude.

Now that it’s 2016, it seems easier for women like Walia to pick and choose a mate, even in arranged marriages. There are arranged marriage websites and there’s communication between the two young people (instead of just two fathers shaking hands in a kitchen somewhere), which is what Walia and this dog-hater seemed to be doing.

And it’s not about the dog being totally better than a man (although I’m sure Lucy is better than most men), it’s that some dude who doesn’t like dogs and thinks they “ruin” lives shouldn’t be matched up with someone who loves her puppy and wants to watch television with it every single night. That’s not a match.