Dogs are funny.... I really haven't ever bonded with an animal. I blame it on the German Shepherd that attacked me and my sister or cousin (I forget) when I was little. Since then big dogs have always made me nervous.
The hermit crab that my sister got as an answer to prom did little to foster animal bonding. He just wasn't very fun to play with. I remember taking home stray animals with the plea.... "Can we keep him Mom?" But since my mom was "allergic" we never got one when I was growing up. I think it was that she was raising 8 kids and she had little time for an animal...
I don't blame her..... now! :)
Megan and Pippin pretty much bonded instantly. There is no doubt about it... He is her dog. He is very protective of her and will jump off the lap of anyone holding him to get to Meg. The feeling is mutual... Meg will pass every one else when she gets home to go and get Pip.