I have been in awe since the day she arrived. Not only is she incredibly pretty, she is smart, brave, and, for the most part, eager to please. She is also very loving and seems to need a great deal of physical affection, especially when things worry or concern her. She will come to me almost immediately after something has startled her and position herself for either a butt scratch or a hug.
And she really does like hugs... the kind where I stand next to her and she puts her head under my armpit or I put one arm over her neck and my other arm under her neck and hug her tightly. We sometimes stand like this for minutes at a time:
I have a stool that I like to put in the corral at times when I want to sit and talk with her. A few days back, we had a ferocious windstorm which unnerved all the animals, poor Buttercup in particular. I sat on my stool to keep her company while it blew around us and then watched as she slowly backed into me for butt scratches. Nothing new there; we'd done this many times before. The funny thing was, she didn't stop backing up once she got to my hands. She kept on going and wound up - literally - sitting on my lap:
I had to pull the stool out from behind me in order to be able to get up.
This girl simultaneously makes me laugh and melts my heart.