Oh, hey! I wasn't ignoring you. I just didn't realize until just this minute that anyone had responded to this post.
Yes, it's amazing how different they can be. My first dog was a hound/bully mix and she was so confident and independent, not to mention stubborn. She was just kind of self sufficient I guess. She despised other dogs and we never even tried to do anything about it. Just spent 12 years keeping her away from other dogs. Given the option she avoided them herself so it wasn't a big effort. There were a couple of ugly incidents in 12 years, but nothing disastrous.
This new guy, he loves other dogs. Wants nothing more than to socialize and just catch up on the neighborhood happenings with whoever crosses his path. His enthusiasm is a little problematic to be honest, but we're working on it. He's only 2 and he's new so I'm being patient. He's more anxious than Lucy was. More needy and often seeking approval. It's very sweet. He tugs at my heart in a way I hadn't experienced before.
I honestly didn't think I was ready for a new dog, but my husband wanted one badly and he had never had the experience of choosing a pet and naming it and getting to know it (not even a childhood hamster), so we went ahead with it. He found a dog (a lab/coonhound mix) and we adopted it. I wondered if I would be able to bond with the new guy. I expected to feel indifferent really, but the reality is far from that. He fills a whole new spot in my heart.
So happy to have him.