If you ask me, dogs are a part of the family. Any pet is part of the family, for that matter.
For Marissa Hooper, when she moved away from college, she missed her chihuahua named Dixie, as one does.
Marissa noticed that her parents missed her just as much, so they put pictures of Marissa and her older sister all over the house. But then something struck both of them.
"One day my older sister, who has also moved out, and I were sitting on the couch wondering if my parents ever look at all the pictures to remember us when they miss us," Marissa said. "And I wondered, 'If the pictures changed, would my parents even notice?'"
That's when Marissa came up with a brilliant idea, involving her furry friend Dixie.
Marissa decided she was going to re-create all the pictures her parents had hung with reenactments by Dixie. She replaced all the photos in the house, and waited to see how long it would take for her parents to notice.
Marissa waited...and waited...and waited some more before her parents finally took notice.