Ellie came to us from a less than desirable situation and has had to learn how to be a dog. Thankfully where our dogs are raised in a pack from a very early age they quickly teach newcomers how to play and interact with others properly. Because of lack of socialization until she came to us Ellie is fearful of people she doesn’t know.
She LOVES the people she knows fiercely and has bonded very strongly with my daughter she mostly just thinks of me as the treat provider.
Ellie loves to cram herself up under your armpit when you sit, I guess it helps her feel secure. It works out though because the lap is usually already full, and Charlotte or Monkey are wrapped around my neck like a scarf, so the armpit she doesn’t have to fight for.
Ellie is an amazing mom and I don’t say that lightly. Maybe its her smaller litters of 4-5 or a stronger instinct but she is the one we never have to worry about laying on her pups and she must have wonderful fatty milk because her pups are always chunks.