I've never been very good at selecting a dog. You can't learn it - either you've got dog intuition or you don't. I don't. Decades ago I went to a breeder to purchase a miniature poodle. I watched four or five puppies run around and interact (or not) with me. The puppy I selected was active, curious and energetic. We got into the car to go home - she crawled into my lap and fell asleep. Sleeping in my lap turned out to be her favorite activity. Never again was she active, curious or energetic. She was a total couch potato and I was had. As it turned out she was a lovely pet although slightly smarter than me. Despite the difference, we had many happy years together.
The cats are ever more worried.
The latest suggestion is a plain old gif cyber dog. They run, jump, slobber and eat right on the page - alive on the computer only. No clean up, no problems.
They query, "What if we end up with some over-enthusiastic fellow brimming over with joie de vivre, like this? As it is we can simply delete him". Do it please.
Or you might pick a perpetually happy dog - we wouldn't have mood swings to deal with. But that tail wagging? for eternity?
A snoozing dog might be easy to take.... but there's snoring and they flop all over the place. Competition for the meager bed space.
Working dogs can be a pain. Keeping them busy is a real job!
Consider that cyber dogs don't have fleas!!!
Listen up. Avoid a "Ham" dog at all cost - unbearable for cats at our level of sophistication. These dogs will do anything for attention. We had a friend with a dog like this. but he didn't have a hat.
No over-achiever types either. They never rest until they figure out a more dramatic way to do everything. Make everybody else look bad.
We cats have dibs on worrying. We do not need a seriously worried dog...always begging and pleading for something.
We, the cats vote for this very clever hitch-hiking dog. Maybe he'll catch a ride to some other blog.