My babies' grandparents won't see them as my children. So I'm overlooked, too, Corgi. haha. I tell them all the time, "Learn to love them, because they're the only grandkids you're ever going to have." They just don't get it! My dad-in-law says he'll consider horses as grandkids if I get them.
I keep telling my mom they're her granddogs, and they should be treated as such!!
She has all her skin grandkids pictures abover her fireplace. For mother's day, I sent framed 5x7's (same size/frames as the others) of the dogs & cat, and told her they ought to be up there, too! haha
Champ is the only dog of mine that my family likes.