Resource guarding

I took this photo yesterday evening. If you look closely, you can see two bones to the upper left of Meadow's head, one just above her right ear.

She's guarding them.

What you can't see because her fluffy head is in the way is a rubber ball.

These items - toys, bones - can be strewn all over the yard, and eventually Meadow will collect them into one spot so she can keep an eye on them.

Despite the fact that Maia has rarely if ever shown any interest, Meadow hoards them.

If we have canine visitors, I have to collect each and every toy and bone, inside and outside, to make sure there are no misunderstandings between Meadow and the guest.