Thank you everyone. I knew that I could post this here and get encouragement and support.
My dogs are my family more than my actual family. Everyone knows me as "The Crazy Dog Lady" but it's so hard when, even your family, looks in the eyes and says, "It's just a dog."
NO. It's not "just a dog." These creatures are amazing and wonderful and deserve respect, and if, as a family member, you won't even step out of your box and listen to what I'm trying to help you with...
... well it's a very helpless feeling with horrible side effects.
Thank you all for your posts. I feel a lot better, now!