My husband is not a dog person, but he's grudgingly tolerated my dogs so far. We've had Ginger for 7 of her 13 years.
My husband frequently teases me. For example I'll say "I'll be home late tonight. Take care of my dog for me." He'll answer "Sure, I'll take care of her." With a wicked gleam in his eye.
Despite that, Ginger is very attached to my husband and prefers him over anyone else in my family.
About two months ago, the vet called and informed me that Ginger has kidney problems. She now has different food and daily medication. The vet tells us she probably has no more than a year left.
When I told my husband that news, along with a little tease like "You finally get your wish", he stared at Ginger for a minute, rubbed her ears, then looked at me with sad eyes and said "I'm not ready for her to leave."