So, Tess and Arthur
are great pals. Or, more accurately, Tess worships the ground Arthur treads on, and Arthur occasionally returns her attentions by play fighting until he gets bored of it.
If Arthur is in his cage for any reason -- I haven't gotten home to take him out to the bathroom, he was bad, he's just tired -- Tess sleeps next to his cage. She does everything he does. Just this evening, Mom took her out of her cage, and left Arthur in his because I was upstairs. When I walked downstairs Tess started crying for me to take Arthur out. And of course, when I take him to do his business, she gets behind the glass door curtain to watch him walk across the yard and back.
Tess is also Arthur's young padawan. He has taught her that you should be awfully suspicious and growly if a person is nearby. He has taught her to bark when people are in the house and they are in their cages. He has taught her to sit around and stare longingly at the humans no matter what they are doing instead of meandering around the house and entertaining onesself.
But he is also a very sneaky dog. His newest favorite trick to get her started doing something she shouldn't and then stop. He most commonly barks once or twice in his cage to get her going, and then lays down and enjoys the show. [SHUT UP TESS! STOP BARKING! (this is your dog's fault!) TESS! STOP! BARKING!]
This evening he raided the garbage can for (extremely delicious) cantaloupe and banana peels. We know it was him because they were at the bottom of the garbage can, and she couldn't reach the top on her hind legs, much less get her head over the edge to the bottom of the container.
When my mom came, he had just run off to lie down in his cage.
Tess was left sitting next to the garbage trail looking very confused for a few moments.
Then she realized Arthur had gone, and went to lie down in her own cage as well.