FRAN....I love you for bringing up this subject!! I have battled with my family ever since I moved out and got my first dog. I am now the proud mom of 4 dogs possibly soon to be 5 and yes, they all live in the house My family finally stopped the comments a while back after realizing that they are just wasting their breath. My Grandma still manages to be critical and disgusted at my "situation." I keep a clean house and we ripped out all the carpet and put in wood floors to compensate for having a lot of dogs. Now when they find out that we are getting another dog I get the comment "are you ever going to have kids?" It drives me crazy......hello, I can do both. I got to the point where I don't need their approval anymore, dogs are my hobby and my passion and I will always have a lot of dogs and that is just the way it is going to be! Now what really irks me is when my Grandma was trying to tell my 13 week old puppy not to lick my nephew in the face who was clearly enjoying it....sorry Grandma, but around here, dog kisses are not gross...hands off my pup!