???? I have had some dogs I've really bonded with in my lifetime, but never like my Molly. Where my other dogs obeyed my commands without hesitation, Molly seems to question, then obey or ignore sometimes, even when it's a simple command she has known for ages! I think, rather than being a 'pleaser' she thinks of me as a friend, not her 'Mistress'. But lord forgive if I ignore her requests! We have a close bond, yet she is not 'glued' to me. She enjoys being social on her own....she'll go to anyone for a head pat. She'll play with any dog or child who wants to play and when she's had enough she just leaves, and then ignore the playmate!
We've just started on naming and retrieving objects to keep her mentally challenged. On request she will, "Get your bear", "Get your GREEN ball" "Go get Lambchop" (her fav toy) and "Go get your leash" which is on the doorknob.
When we are outside and I let her off leash she always keeps me in sight & returns to me every few minutes.
Then when all is said and done, she goes to sleep at my side but then moves to my feet when I start dozing.
Yeah, sometimes I think I'm just raising another well adjusted child!!!!
All the parallels match........
(With all the same bumps in the road!)