She seemed to recognize that Bonnie was part of her pack because she took to her right away, but Bonnie was often grumpy with her--ESPECIALLY when it came to food.
Darby started out very nervous around Pumpkin but they are getting along wonderfully now. I have a feeling Pumpkin will end up the "alpha" in their relationship, but I think it will be a slightly more gentle, calmer relationship than Darby and Bonnie had.
For as well as they get along, Darby does struggle when Pumpkin decides to swoop in and steal a tennis ball before Darby can get to it. It's hard for me not to interfere by taking the ball and giving it to Darby, but I stay out of it.
Darby does seem to be asserting herself a little more, though. Look what I caught on film:
|So, Mom. She took my ball. Would you get it for me?|
|Hmmm. I sure wish I could have that ball.|
|She isn't even playing with it. Maybe I could just sneak in there and grab it.|
|Or maybe not. I remember what Bonnie did when I tried that. Come on, Self. Are you a DOG or are you a MOUSE?|
|Well, I'm a mousy dog!|
|But, a mousy dog who has the BALL!! Whoopee!|