The girls feel that because they have been responsible with hamsters for the last several years, they should be rewarded with an automatic upgrade to a dog.
US: "Oh, we wish we could get a dog too (lie), but if any dogs moved in, we might die from acute allergic reactions (another lie)."
THEM: "Tell us about that life insurance."
Unless we could find a way to make then NOT want a dog. Like this:
When I went later to pick her up, sure enough, our friends had accepted the challenge, and Brynne was out there scooping poop with a little shovel. She looked up with the hugest smile and said, "This is FUN!!!"
Back to the drawing board.