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Husband ask wife to choose between him and her dogs- wife chose the dogs

A woman whose husband gave an ultimatum to choose between him and her dogs decided she would be with the dogs. Liz Hazan, 49, and her husband Mike, 53, were childhood sweetheart who stayed married for 25 years until Liz's habit of looking after abandoned dogs drew an hedge between them.

Liz who was unwilling to compromise, says she is now happier than ever.  The mom-of-one said:

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 got married in January 1991 and they share a 22-year-old son, Ollie. Liz grew up with dogs for most of her life as her mother bred West Highland Terriers and her father owned an animal food business. So when the couple moved into a two-bedroom farmhouse in Barnham, Suffolk, with half an acre of land seven years ago, she decided to start a boarding kennel business and then proceeded to start BedforBullies, a company which rescues Bull Terrier dogs. She grabbed dozens of dogs forcing her husband to feel unloved. It wasn’t long before he got tired and asked her to choose between them.

Liz said:

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. He knew from the moment that we got together what I was all about. I don’t know what he expected. ‘He told me he was going and had sorted out some other accommodation so he packed his bags and went. Before we split up he kept saying ‘I do not want to be doing this, I want to get a passport and go away’. ‘I said that isn’t going to happen so we might as well go our separate ways, which we did. Liz said her husband felt the relationship had become evolved around the dogs – which all have behavioural and medical problems and are not able to be re-homed. But 18 months on from the split, Liz says she and Mike have had no further contact, despite still being married.
‘My son’s grown up and is old enough to look after himself,’ she said. ‘If I hadn’t buried myself in it I would have just been sitting at home twiddling my thumbs and that’s really not me. ‘My passion for dogs was far too great for Mike. He decided that it would be nice to do more other things in life.
‘He felt as though he wanted his own life back but I said it is too much of a passion of mine to give up. ‘It just got to the point where he was fed up with the dogs and wanted to slow down but that wasn’t my intention.’ Liz, who also owns a parrot and macaw, has revealed since the split she continues to take in more dogs and and is even looking after a homeless man. 

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