We have this dog - his name is Louie. He's been ours for two-and-a-half years now. As far as dogs go he's a pretty good one. He's loyal, lets the kids climb all over him, stays out of the garbage, and cleans up after the baby or any other kid's food that falls from the dining room table.
He also eats any leftovers that we inadvertently leave on the counter, jumps on the futon the second my back is turned, and I'm pretty sure he sleeps on my bed when we're not home. He's smart enough to not get caught, but he leaves the comforter wrinkled and hairy.
And speaking of hair, brushing the dog is a family affair around here. For that matter, everything is a family affair. You can start out performing a task by yourself, and suddenly you have a kid pop up.
Pretty soon, the whole family is with you, like it or not.
Welcome to Dog Brushing 101.