Littler and fluffy? Shelties (like mini-collies, kind of); Corgis (big dog mindset in a mid-size package); Poodles (non-shedding).
Really, it comes down to what are your dog criteria?
Mine were: Not too smart (smart dogs get in trouble when left to their own devices); not needing daily hour-long walks (rules out pretty much the entire set of sporting, working and hunting breeds); and bred for companionship/good family pet.
Things I could learn to deal with -- shedding (though it's worse than I expected); drooling (not as bad as I expected); snoring (he sleeps in the basement.)
I wish huskies were more affectionate. The hour-long walks probably are a no-go for me. I guess criteria would be: family pet, not so much shedding, affectionate, but not a small guy.
Too bad about the shedding with samoyeds. How about an Eskie?
A cat avatar just to balance things out...
Where'd all the Kleenex go?
Oh, and having just waded through 400 posts on the Huck thread (and I'm still not done - ugh!), I feel compelled to request that the Mods move about 80 of them (dealing with Canada and donuts) onto this thread.
It's very clear the intent of those posts was to make for a long thread, which is the stated purpose of this thread. They were clearly off the topic of that thread, they thus belong here.
What does it take to have an avatar anyway? You'd think, since statistical programming is a big part of my day job, I'd know my way around a computer better, but, no.
That thread has become the Sunday School Thread, and needs to remain banished from the friendly confines of the OTB. It is only rivaled by the COLOR GREEN THREAD.
There is a common thread between those threads.
Having said that, I DID participate in the Tim Horton's discussion, but had intense heebeejeebies as the topic moved towards sectarian discussions.
It was getting redundant. And repetitive. And redundant. And repetitive.
(Blatantly lifted from one of my favorite shows ever, "Gilmore Girls.")
Sometimes, in the deep dark night, when I'm alone, and feeling a little jiggy, I play a little game called "The Mermaid and Me."