My parents say NO DOG!

I am a 16 year-old female. I have been purposing to my parents for years on receiving a maltese puppy. We have allergies in our family, but from what I have researched- maltese dogs do not shed. I found this fascinating and ironic considering that I wanted a maltese. My father says no. He gives no reason. He had many pets when he was a child, and I feel that he may have been very sad when they passed and doesn't want me to be hurt. My mother says that we don't have the place for one. She would feel horrible if she kept it in the garage or outside, but she doesn't want it in the house because she says it may smell. She also feels that I am not responsible enough and will not spend sufficient time with it. I have offered many times to purchase a maltese on my own and pay for the expenses as well. They seem very strong on their arguments. I really want one, and I feel that I am ready. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you for your time.

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