Children love pets. Me, I'm a cat person. We currently have 5 cats in the house, 2 permanent, 3 foster. I'm all pet-ted out. When the children started clamoring for more pets, I steered them towards their father.
My recommended approach was this: ask for a dog, beg for a dog, plead for a dog, settle for a mouse. It worked! About a month ago, Hari bought them each a little white mouse.
Their names? Jewel and Firefighter / Pirate Ship (with the "slash" pronounced).
Guess who named which mouse?
For the record, Firefighter "slash" Pirate Ship was subsequently renamed to something which I can't remember but had only one syllable.