Originally Posted by familycastle
I didn't read through all the replies, but I do think volunteering with the local humane society as a dog walker, and going with dd may work (if it's allowed in your area). This way she can get her fill of dogs, without having to bring one home to dh.
yup i agree its an excellent idea, if the family has the time since it will be the mom volunteering and the child following. and OP i think said she works full time.
dd's bf does exactly that. she would looooooooooooooooooooove to get a cat, reaaaaaaaaaaaaaally wants a cat but can never have one. her dad is way too super allergic to cats. they have a dog and he is fine with it. at 9 she finally does understand but it doesnt make her stop yearning for a cat.
so since mama cant volunteer due to lack of time, often they go to the SPCA shelter and help out once in a while basis.
but it also means we have regular sleepovers at our place so she can play with our kitty.