Some people just don't understand the idea of taking on an animal for the animal's sake instead of your own. The sense of pride and accomplishment you feel seeing your dogs' steps towards becoming "better" is very rewarding and fulfilling. But not everyone sees "the point" or understands that kind of fulfillment. They see dogs as things meant to boost their own egos. Some people are actually too insecure to handle a special needs dog. They take it personally if the dog doesn't come to them or let them pet it. You, however, know it isn't personal, and you have no ego involved in your relationship with your dogs. You're coming from a much different place regarding these animals than someone like your niece is. And thank goodness for folks like you who help dogs like Jaya and Haha have the best lives they possibly can.