I agree with you Reverend it is hard on the dogs, so why do the owners put their animals in such situations.
My aunt knew my parents feelings regarding animals in the house, so why did she bring them knowing there was going to be a conflict.
She knew it was family gathering and wanted to stress the point that her dogs were her family, problem was they weren't part of the larger family.
BTW, I also had an uncle you was completely nuts and had some turkeys as pets, and yes, he allowed to live in his home. These things were huge, as large as a 6 year old child. Would you have allowed them to run free in your home??
I've had many discussions with people who regard their pets as equal to humans. To these I ask the same question, "A train is coming, on the track lay a 3 year old child, a stranger to you, and your 10 year old cat/dog/ferret/... you only have time to save one of them. Which do you save??"
Most people will admit that they will save the 3 year old stranger because the child is human and the pet isn't. The remainder of the people refuse to answer because they don't think it makes them look good.