When company comes over, Willow seems to know just what to do. Last night my wife's brother came to our house and stayed the night. When we get company Willow is usually quite demonstrative, running to the foyer to meet them with a wagging tail and getting lots of cuddles. My brother-in-law isn't all that comfortable with dogs. To my surprise, Willow waited until he sat down before walking slowly over, and then she sat right in front of him. He petted her and both of them seemed happy about it. I don't know how she knows what to do. Other visitors get a lap full of wiggling, silky Sheltie but he got the gentle side of Willow. She got what she wanted, another human to do her bidding. Willow has a large crate to sleep in. I had removed her four-inch thick cushion so I could clean it. However, by bedtime, it was still slightly damp at one spot on the edge. I decided to use a different mat in there, about an inch thick. Willow walked in as usual but she wouldn't sit or lie down. She just stared at me through the door of the crate. She didn't bark, whine, or grunt a complaint, she just stared. I opened the door, she came out and I switched out the cushion and put in her thicker one. She walked back in, without any prompting from me. She immediately walked to the back and curled up in the dry area. She is a master manipulator, not that I mind, it makes me chuckle.