Well, it's that time of year again! I'm not talking about getting out the decorations and lights. I'm talking about the month-and-a-half of my daughter begging for a West Highland White Terrier. We don't have a dog because my son and my wife both have allergies, but that has never stopped Lauren from launching an all-out, take-no-prisoners march to dog ownership. There will be songs, notes and phone calls. We'll have begging, flattering, screaming, and calm reasoning. One of these years it's going to work!