Well, Lisa and I have now officially run out of excuses. My daughter has wanted a dog since she turned 3-days-old, and we've been using this as a bribe or threat for as long a we can remember. "You want a puppy, but you can't even keep your room clean?"
For a while there was an issue with two of our family members having, or believing they had dog-fur allergies. Test results: negative.
Then there were the "Let's wait until after our vacation/move/operation/trial/incarceration/parole" excuses.
So, now it's our "D" day. We're starting to keep our eyes open at various rescues and shelters. Our daughter must have a dog that is A, white, B. small, and C. fluffy. Especially fluffy. This is the key.