So you’re wondering, “Is mom or Maizie the one ruling?” Well, the answer is that we’re transitioning from Maizie to mom. We’ve been silent for the past few weeks because, with the help of a very knowledgeable trainer (Chicago Dog Coach Ami Moore), Maizie and I have been working very hard on getting the alpha out of her and into me. I always thought I was the boss, but I think it was actually more 50/50 as Ami pointed out some of Maizie’s alpha behavior: running ahead of me out of doors and down steps, refusing to listen when I try to get her to stop pouncing on people. So, we’re working on one thing at a time. It’s taken a lot of patience and tearing out of hair (me tearing my own out), but Maizie seems to be getting the hang of it. Slowly. Veeerry slowly.