Heres a few pictures of Weston bear
Neither of my girls were "puppy pupies*. Gwen was 5 months and Nim over a year. But I loved Gwen before I met her and was ready to love Nim as soon as I met her.(we did have to pass the Gwen test so I tried not to assume and give my heart until we knew it should work out between the girls)
Being honest I love them equally but differently I think because they themselves are different.
Kat...this makes me think of Teddy...one of my puppy mill rescues. I took 3 and had put him back at the the holding humane society where he was being held but I looked into his eyes and there was that instant "connection" so he is living out his life with me:) I swear he knows...he has a very special place in my heart! It's so amazing some of those 'instant" bondings!
Ace came to me at 16 weeks and I feel a bit bad for admitting it but, I would have gladly stepped in front of a moving car for him, but I didn't really *LOVE* him until maybe two months in. He was so frustrating, life become very very busy, I was sceptical of my decision to get a dog in the first place... a very trying time for everyone. In the end, he became the king of the household, but it took a while to get there. I think if he'd been younger, I could have bonded quicker with him but it was tough when he was already at that "testing the boundaries" stage. Best of luck to your little family. :-)
Erin....that just might be the differences in personalities...sometimes people need time to "bond".
Max came to us as a rescue at the age of 5. We picked him up in MA, a 3 hour trip one way. This was a corgi that by an standards was not the best looking dog. He is a fluffy and was shaved bald, he weighed 54 lbs. The description I got of him before we picked him up was "a potbelly pig with a corgi head." Extremely accurate.
Three of us made the trip..me, my husband and our daughter. I sat in the back seat with him all the way home. He wasn't affectionate, in fact he pretty much ignored me but by the time we got home I felt so protective on him. After we got home and introduced him to the cats and settled in for the evening he came over, sat in front of me and put his head on my knee. That was all she wrote...I was head over heels in love with this dog and I still am 6 years later.
Then we got Katie...she has a totally different personality. They are uncle and niece. I love Katie, she is a total sweetheart but Max and I have a bond that I have never had with any of my other dogs.
Linda...WOW, he was a big boy. It's amazing how they "get into our hearts".
I thought I loved her right away which was nice. For me though that it is the little incidents that happen over time between us which bring on much more intense, undeniable incidents of love and bonding which show how connected we have become as partners and best friends. It could be anything from a simple look to an unexpected mutual understanding. Hard to explain, but you know it when you experience it. In other words, the first meeting is great, but really getting to know and trust each other, in my mind, is the best!