I've been mulling this dilemma over in my head since I first read it and I had many ideas come to mind. However, of all the ideas, the one that stuck the most is:
Possibly, this is not the time for you to work on this. If you can't come up with a strong enough point of view to get him to even consider it, then maybe this "dream" you have should stay just that...a dream.
If, you feel strongly that this should become a reality, then you might want to think hard on one of the many reasons we all have for doing what we're doing (reading the various stories on here will give you the many reasons why this is so without beating a
You may want to spend a bit of time finding out why he is not interested and/or what may be the winning ticket on what to say to get him to agree.
If animals are the main point of contention for him, you just might have to decide what is more important to you. We are planning on going full time and because of that we have to find a home for our 5 year old cat who would just be plain miserable and unhappy with the idea (yes, that brings tears to my eyes and makes me very sad).
Animals, like people, adjust and there just may be someone out there that can give them the love they are use too.
I personally feel that those people that are wanting and/or doing this because they feel it be so much cheaper and easier to live, really need to make a nice, long list of all of the expenses that you will need to be responsible for. And also the fact that you can put off doing things to a house that need done until you can get around to it and/or raise the money to do the work and that will not be an option when your stranded on the side of a highway.