a dog. If you go to someone's home, and you know they have a large friendly dog, is it right to ask that he be put outside like a dog? I'll put him in his room, but not outside. He may look like a dog, and he may smell like a dog, but he's my best friend. I don't treat my best friend like a dog.
Even if the guests are my grown children, I feel they knew before they came over that I have a dog that I love. They know how I treated their dog growing up, so why do they try this every time they come over. It doesn't work. My dog is part of my family. He didn't leave home. My children left when they got married. My dog is still here.