AHHHH HAHAHAHAHA (Evil Genius laugh here)
I have a PLAN (insert German accent)
We are still renting. We are going to convert to a lease option to buy the house in April, so it would be April 2008 before the house is "ours" (and the banks). Until then, the landlord "says" no more than 2 dogs in the house.
Of course, I have no idea what the landlord says. But child does not have to know that. That pushes the blame off on someone else (why take the blame when you can always put it on someone else's head. ), I don't look like the bad guy (which is how I'm looking to her right now) and it puts off the decision about the dog for a year at which time, she hopefully will be graduating highschool (if all goes according to plan to graduate a year early) and will realize that getting another dog is NOT a good idea.
While this is technically lying, it eliminates all the teenage drama (which frankly is about to send me into a straight jacket) and puts off the dog for 14 months at which time, she will have changed her mind (hopefully).
And I seriously doubt if I did call the landlord, she would say yes. No way would child call landlord to check, so "I think my plan will work, Ja?" (again insert German accent)
Still need a plan for the husband that said yes. Thinking shovel, big hole in the backyard, cashing big life insurance policy, hmmmmm......