A new survey says that 22% of people say their dog or cat is a crucial part of the family, versus 21% who said their in-laws are.

If you had asked me, I would have said humans are always more important. And even if the person asking the question had said, "My dog is just as important to us as the rest of the family!" I'd say, "So...there's an accident.  You're at work and have to rush to the vet to be with your dog or the hospital to be with your kid, where do you go?"  And I'm certain, the person asking the question would admit that they would go to the hospital.

I'm not saying we don't love our pets, I'm saying we say they're just as important as the rest of the family, but, when it comes down to it, there's an order to things, and usually, kids and spouse, brother or sister, aunt or uncle, etc, come first.

Until today, when I talked to a listener who said,"Oh, I'd stick with the dog." Of course, she had an EX mother in law.  Maybe that played into it.

How 'bout you?  Is your pet more important than your mother-in-law?