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Old 09-21-2013, 09:55 AM
Location: Missouri
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This makes me wonder if she doesn't feel like something is missing in her life because your spouse's sibling does not have children, and perhaps she is overcompensating by giving the dog all this attention and affection.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:06 AM
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Location: Columbia, SC
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The fact that you call them "granddogs" worries me about you. It's a dog.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by twoincomes View Post
My MIL has two kids. My spouse and I have one kid, my spouses sibling has a dog.

My MIL has decided that the dog is equally important in her life as our kid, and gives the dog lavish treatment. We're talking lots of gifts at Christmas, lavish spending, comments on Facebook about what the dog is doing, etc, etc.

Wondering if it is normal for grandparents to prioritize granddogs over grandchildren.

Children are children and dogs are DOGS, pets, canines, not human.

As long as your child is not being treated less than the dog what do you care? Not your money, your choice, and really not your concern.

One of these days humans will realize that a dog is just that a dog and quit acting so foolish and it is silly to refer to anyone as a parent or grandparent to a dog
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:32 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Dogs are fun, but they are pets. People that consider dogs to be their "kids" drive me nuts. Same applies to "granddogs". We have two and will be sad to see them go soon (ages 12 and 14) but we'll just get new ones. Grandchildren are family and a precious gift.
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:08 PM
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Why not? Isn't it the MIL's choice where her money goes?

Originally Posted by Charles22 View Post
Make sure that she isn't leaving her assets to the Guide Dogs or ASPCA.
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