I need some perspective. My sister and I are both dog lovers, but we have a conflict. She, who doesn’t have human children, calls her dogs her children. I, who do have human children, don’t call my dogs my children. She puts her dogs on an equal footing with my (human) sons and daughters, even calling them “cousins. I say she isn’t doing either my kids or her dogs a favor by equating them. She says I just don’t love my dogs as much as she loves hers. This has led to some hurt feelings on both sides. How do other dog lovers handle this issue? Do you consider your dogs to be your kids? If you have human kids, how do your feelings for them differ from your feelings for your dogs?