Does she have any pets now? If yes, then that will have to be enough.
But if she doesn't have any pets, it might be a good idea to let her get a small pet that she can have 100% responsibility for. Not a dog or cat -- something like a hermit crab, hamster, bird, or lizard. It can stay in her room, and be her responsibility, and not really affect her father. At 12, she should be easily able to handle that.
at 4:24 PM on Jan. 30, 2009