If you missed the post in the General folder, Cedar and Willow have a new sister, Holly. It's been six days since they met, and they are slowly building new relationships between them. At first, Willow and Cedar, especially, were somewhat standoffish. Willow is always standoffish, but Cedar is generally more rambunctious. However, Cedar behaved much the same when Willow came to the family--she sat back and observed for a few days and then opened up and asserted herself.
Now, Holly is much more assertive than Willow will ever be. Holly was a go-getter right from the start, showing no signs of nervousness or fear at anyone or anything. It took her a day or two to know what playing with another cavalier was all about, but she quickly figured it out!
Cedar has started to play with Holly, and as they play, I can see the powerplay they are going through. Holly, at just 11 months, is brass and unknowing--she just wants to wrestle. Cedar, though, keeps trying to get Holly in her place. Most of the interactions are occurring through play. There's only been one or two instances when Cedar drew the line and growled seriously at Holly, and to her benefit, Holly backed off. So I think Cedar's position of packleader will be preserved, though she'll have more responsibility with such a rowdy puppy!!
Willow gladly takes the bottom rung, though she does jump in to play a little bit. She prefers to watch the really rough stuff.
Somehow, I have managed to capture a rough playtime in a few shots--I have no idea how I did it!! I see now that I should have edited the light as the pics are sorta dark. Hopefully you can still see them, though.
Notice Willow watching in the background:
While it may seem like Cedar has the upperhand, Holly gives as good as she gets:
Of course, Holly and Willow have their own budding relationship. It is just based on a different way of interacting:
Cedar (tri), Willow (blen), Holly (ruby), & Bella (blen)