I don't even think there are words to describe it, but I will try. From the day Maddie came home I knew she was different than any other dog. I had talked to the breeder for quite a while, and then the week that Maddie turned 8wks I became incredibly busy and literally didn't have the time to go get her. So when my parents picked me up from a field trip after school, and she was in the car, I nearly died of excitement. She was an incredibly smart puppy - but even before the training classes, and teaching her tricks with the clicker, she was in tune with me. She is different than most puppies - happy go lucky all the time. She is so in tune with me. When I'm stressed, she's a distractor or a stress reliever. When I am happy, she is happy, when I am grouchy, she is grouchy, when I am sad, she is sad and lets me hug her and cry on her back ... except for the times when she knows she can cheer me up and she does something silly and makes me laugh, and then cuddles with me for a bit, and then wants to go outside (preferably for a walk). I've had Maddie since she was 8wks old, and she will be 8yrs old in April... and the bond has only gotten tighter with age. She is a couch potato when I need a couch potato. At the same time, when its time to get off the couch we can go for 2+hr long hikes in the woods, no real paths, offleash with total trust on both ends. Heck, when I got caught in a thorn bush, she doubled back and came over to me to make sure I was okay. And when she got caught on a thorn bush one day, she stayed perfectly still when I asked to so I could unwind her, and I knew it couldn't have felt good. Maddie's one of those dogs that people used to say she would go with anybody. And she would she would when she was a puppy, but she looks back to make sure I don't leave or they don't take her away She gets along with everybody! She's the social butterfly that I need to help get me out of my shell. And one time when there was a man hiding behind some bushes... I was letting my parents dogs out and it was really really late, after midnight. I pulled up, put the car in park, turned the car off... and her growl... Scary! I'd never heard her growl like that. I looked up just before I opened the door, saw what she saw, and froze. He approached the car, she started barking and snarling, and he took off. That's when I knew she is also my guardian angel. And the training has also tightened the bond <3 She impresses all my friends/family, she makes me out to be a liar because I say she doesn't always listen, and of course in public she always makes me proud She can now retrieve items for me (socks, notes, paper towels, the remote, working on car keys) and shuts doors and cabinets behind me (when asked). And of course, I can't sleep without her next to me. So, there aren't any true words, good enough to describe my perfect dog. I love her, like crazy I love her. Maddie. My heart dog.