When it was time to go home, my daughter tried to sneak into the car, hiding her hand. I asked her what she had in her hand (knowing full well what it was). She admitted that she was trying to take a pill bug home because she wanted a pet. I explained to her that we can't take care of a pill bug and it wasn't fair to take it away from its family and friends. She put the bug back, but she then started to cry because of her lack of pets (and siblings).
This breaks my heart! It would be nice to have a furry friend living with us. The only problem is that both my husband and daughter are allergic to dogs and cats. I explained this to my daughter, and she understood. She suggested that maybe we can get another kind of pet. I tried to change the topic at that point. The thought of having a pet snake or frog doesn't seem that appealing to me.
After we got home, and my daughter did some of her homework, she went to play on the computer. Or at least, I thought she was playing. It turns out that she was doing heavy-duty research on ferrets! She even made this chart to illustrate the good and bad points of owning a ferret.
In case you're having a hard time reading her chart, she lists that ferrets are indoor pets; they're prone to cancer; they need constant attention; and they're not for babies.
I pointed out that it is illegal to have ferrets as pets in California. She mentioned that she noticed that too! So, next she's going to research amphibians and/or reptiles to see if any of those will make a suitable pet.
It's heartbreaking when I know she wants a pet dog more than anything! For those of you with allergic family members, what type of pets do you have?