Animals·Posted on Jun 10, 201621 Things You Only Understand If Your Dog Is Part Of Your FamilyWho cares if he's a little hairier than everyone else?by Chelsea MarshallBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. A family portrait is incomplete without your pup. instagram.com 2. And you definitely have photos or professional portraits around your house. imgur.com 3. And everyone in the family has a camera roll proving who the favorite member is. Twitter: @cheyglizzy 4. Your dog has a seat at your table. imgur.com 5. And definitely takes up some room in your bed. imgur.com 6. Although TBH this is the most ideal situation. Twitter: @emily_eek_king 7. When they ask how many family members you have, people get confused when you say one extra as you count your dog. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF thefader.com 8. You desperately wish your dog could text. textfromdog.tumblr.com 9. But when you're away from home and call, your mom puts you on the phone with them. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF imgur.com 10. Or, if you're lucky, you get to video chat with them. imgur.com 11. You celebrate their birthday. imgur.com 12. And if you celebrate a holiday, they get their own gifts for that too. imgur.com 13. You've definitely all dressed up together for Halloween. Jon Premosch for BuzzFeed 14. They're always included in family game night. instagram.com 15. If you ever had to choose between someone and your dog, the dog would always win. Because family comes first. 16. Basically, you and your dog just ~get~ each other. reddit.com 17. They've been there for all the milestones. imgur.com 18. And helped with some. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF youtube.com 19. Sometimes you sass each other in a way only family can get away with. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF imgur.com 20. But you know you always have each other's back. instagram.com 21. Because nothing's stronger than family. imgur.com Love dogs? Sign up for our “Dog a Day” newsletter and we’ll send you an adorable pup every day!