My daughter is one of those children who, if given the opportunity, would have her own frickin' Noah's Ark. She, who plans on being a Zoo Keeper when she grows up, asks on a daily basis for a FishBabyRottweilerGerbilBabyCornSnakeKittenGuineaPigBunnyBabyCorgieFerretHamsterBoaConstrictorBabyHairlessChihuahua. And that's just before breakfast. Seriously, it wears. my. ass. out. This kid LOVES animals. She has 3 (!) of her own cats at daddy's house. At our house we have Moby (the best dog ever) and 1 Beta fish. Soon we will be taking on her Nana's 30 gallon fish-tank which I will be staying far far away from. BUT she wants her own, cuddly animal that she can take care of herself and that would, in a perfect world, sleep with her. In her own bed. ahem.
More than anything, she wants a puppy of her own. But regardless of how responsible she is with her pets, the burden of training said puppy would fall mainly on David (because if Daisy was any indication of my dog-training abilities, well, I'll stay out of this one...). David is a PRO at training dogs, but after owning up to TWELVE dogs when he lived in Alaska, he needs (and deserves) a break for year or two. Also, he is allergic to cats. My sister just got the most adorable bunny, but little does she know that soon, Count Bunnicula will take over her house and nibble its way through every power-cord, rug and article of clothing in its path. So. That leaves us with the Hamster/Gerbil/Guinea Pig option which I hate because of the whole cage thing. Cages, to me, are cruel. Plus they STINK.
Anyone have any brilliant small/cuddly/non-stinky suggestions for a pet-loving 7 year old?? And anyone who mentions the word ferret wins an all-expenses-paid one-way ticket to Hell. NO FERRETS.