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How to survive a family get-together, according to the experts

Mary Fetzer is a freelance writer and marketing consultant with a marketing degree from Penn State University and 15 years of international business experience. Mary specializes in writing about parenting, children, pregnancy, college, h...

These pets have figured out how to master family get-togethers

Family reunions should be a time of thankfulness and togetherness, but it's easy to become overwhelmed. Take a cue from our precious pets and enjoy your best family gathering yet.

Greet all family with kindness. (Even those who are a little "different.")

Arrive home and walks into a secret cat reunion... #cat #secret #reunion #planning on #takingovertheworld

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Always set an extra place for that unexpected visitor.

Be patient with guests whose table manners are lacking.

After dinner, gather 'round for some singing.

Indi, Holly (Sister) and Daisy (Mum) #familyreunion #dog

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Be patient with that annoying uncle. He means well.

This is what happens when San gets bored on a Saturday night! #silly #yeshedidthat #dog #pitbull #love

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Commemorate the event with lots of pictures.

Don't be sad when everybody leaves. They'll all be back for next year's reunion!

Get in from some #shopping and I find the #cat #like a #human I think he is #strange #stripe #funny #animals

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