Black and white newborn
Silver and Brut both came from litters where there wasn't a lot of human handling. Both are very loving dogs, but neither are much for cuddling or showing grave amounts of affection.
We were handling the puppies from the minute they were born. Mostly out of necessity, but let's face it we couldn't keep our hands off of them! :) One of my goals in raising the puppies was for as much handling as possible, as I wanted to bypass what had happened to Brut as a young pup. I wanted the pups to be born and be with their mother until they were at least nine weeks old and I wanted them to grow up having the social skills that they receive from living with their siblings. Two things that were taken away from Brut in his early puppy days.
New born: "Grumpy"
Not that that was very difficult to do! We were also keeping our hands all over those puppies and we were constantly rewarded with sweet, loving puppies. Yes, they could be little terrors sometimes, get ten puppies in one room and it is bound to happen, but they were equally loved and emotionally well balanced. It was such a blessing.
When we visited some of the puppies from our litter, we are still rewarded with this love. Both my husband and I are almost knocked down with the kisses from "our" pups. They still remember us and are never afraid to share their love for us. I don't know how many times I've heard the owners say that we are the only ones that their dog will greet like that. What an impact we were able to make on their lives, but it no where near the impact they made on ours. What a wonderful feeling to be loved.