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Woman takes maternity leave for puppy: 'peternity'

Woman Takes 'Maternity Leave' To Raise Puppy

Tanya Olivia decided that she will be taking maternity leave for her new puppy, Casper. Now, new life is a beautiful thing - something that takes tremendous time and sacrifice. Forgive us, though, if we think maternity leave is normally for raising human babies.

HLN reports, "I believe in making sure every man, woman, child and animal has the best chance in life, and by taking maternity leave for my puppy, he's going to be just a great dog."

Some viewers are likely saying "Amen!" to Tanya Oliva's so-called "peternity" leave while others are probably saying, "It's just a dog ... "

Twitter was buzzing about both sides of the debate, with some users seeing it as a sign of progress, others as the loss of humanity and still others ... seeing their future selves.

Laws in British Columbia, where Oliva lives, allow for up to 17 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. Employers are not allowed to fire a worker for requesting it.

But what happens when the new arrival is a pet, not a child?

It turns out there's no labor rights struggle here after all. CTV reports Oliva is simply using her paid vacation days to spend a couple of weeks with her dog, Casper.

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Donna June 30 2014 at 10:09 AM

Why is this even considered news? Wow AOL is really reaching for a story....

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exitscreaming Donna June 30 2014 at 1:49 PM

I agree , if this piece of nothing made it in I'd like to see what they are turning down

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joeomar June 30 2014 at 9:48 AM

It's NOT maternity leave. The last sentence of the article says she's just taking a couple weeks of ordinary paid vacation. SO, I just read an article about a woman who got a puppy and decided to take a couple weeks of vacation to spend time with it. What's next - an article about someone who takes a week off to paint their house?

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exitscreaming June 30 2014 at 1:46 PM

" We interrupt this program for a Special Report...a woman in British Columbia is taking her paid vacation time "

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Jack June 30 2014 at 10:12 AM

if she takes vacation who cares, but to call it maternity leave is a joke.

taking a maternity leave for a puppy if it were true, would problemly get her fired for abusing the system

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Brutal June 30 2014 at 10:39 AM

LOL ... phony storyline just to get folks riled up. Have a nice vacation lady and good luck with the mutt.

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lavonnejestin June 30 2014 at 10:02 AM

So where is the story? A woman takes two days vacation to be with her dog and that's a story?

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bmitche lavonnejestin June 30 2014 at 4:14 PM

No, it is insanity. It wasn't vacation time, it was maternity leave.

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gail7rltr bmitche June 30 2014 at 4:29 PM

no bmitche, if you knew how to read you'd know she was just taking her vacation time and jokingly called it peternity leave.

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fmasone June 30 2014 at 9:57 AM

Get real its Vacation time she is using.. AOL get it straight

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moooooooooochelle June 30 2014 at 10:32 AM


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micheileisnasty moooooooooochelle June 30 2014 at 3:24 PM

Teabaggers are democraps. Look up the definition.

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micheileisnasty moooooooooochelle June 30 2014 at 3:24 PM

THE USSC is chipping away at Negrocare, dumb ass or are you to stupid to see whats happening?

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jes1jjf June 30 2014 at 9:27 AM

Good for her.

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ladybaylee jes1jjf June 30 2014 at 11:19 AM

Honestly, WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL? If the woman wants to take time off to be with her new puppy, which is basically like bringing a newborn baby home, GOOD FOR HER!
Your vacation time, is exactly that, YOUR TIME. If that is how she wants to spend it, it is her business.

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darkcloudstonite June 30 2014 at 2:24 PM

This is what should have happened:
phone rings..
"Hello this is AOL News"
" Hi, I'm taking vacation time to be with my puppy "

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