Scruffypup saidThis has been about 12 years ago, but I went on 3 or 4 dates with this guy I was totally into. But all our dates happened in public places. So I invited him over for dinner and when he arrived at the front door I'll never forget the look on his face when he saw my two dogs at my feet. He stopped dead in his tracks and said "you never told me you had "animals". He reluctantly came inside and sat down on the sofa. Now, my dogs are the most well behaved dogs in the world....they don't jump on you or get on the furniture and they don't even bark. Not once did he pet them. I was so upset during dinner than I barely ate a thing, because I knew I could never see this guy again. He called me a couple of days later and asked me over to his house but I had to decline because I knew I could never be with a person who didn't love "animals".
(You were totally into him, and he still was interested in you after that evening. Very sad, unfortunate, long ago - cannot be undone.)
I totally understand you, but from what you described he didn't hate animals, he just wasn't used to them, they were like aliens to him. You missed that wonderful opportunity to introduce him to the wonderful world of what companionship between people and dogs is about. That's part of compromise between people that makes the bond between two people.
If I had the unlimited powers I would send you back to that evening when you opened your door to him, to give you the opportunity to enlighten him with your love, and give you two another chance for what you apparently both wanted.