Daisy and I had our issues bonding. She's not an easy dog to get close to. Even with the family she is standoffish and doesn't like to be pet much. She was a cute puppy, but didn't become the dog I wanted, and I had to learn to live with that. We have an understanding now. With Opie, when I knew him, it was love at first sight--on my side. Opie had to gradually learn to trust me, but once he did our bond was strong. That's the way it is with the guardian breeds. You have to earn their trust. I hope he's doing ok with the people who adopted him.