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Shock survey finds that Americans consider dogs part of their family

We hope this didn't cost them any money.

Normally, we'll pass over studies that say butter is good for you or that drinking coffee makes you superhuman, but this one was just too dumb to pass up. 

Some of you might be shocked to learn that, according to a 2018 Pets and People Survey by Just Right by Purina, 95 percent of dog owners consider their dog as part of the family. 

Well, blow us down with a feather.

As an owner of two dogs, one of which pooped on the floor this morning, I can confirm that we consider them part of our family. They shed, bark, poop, pee, and steal our child's food, but somehow, we still love them and can't live without them.

But ask any dog owner and they'll say the same, which makes it particularly amusing that the Purina said the result of its survey was "fascinating." 

We've also learned that water is wet, the sky is blue and oxygen is important. 

In fairness to this otherwise pointless survey, it did reveal that 50 percent of women prefer spending time with their dog over their partners (who presumably are in the, ahem, doghouse).

Also, we've just written about the survey, which is exactly what Purina wanted ... dammit.

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