Two things are going on that I can tell. First, Pearl is just about grown up.
The second thing happening is that Evelyn has decided to change the rules.
If Pearl tries to hog the couch, Evelyn will pretend she doesn't see her and just sit on her. Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth. Pearl gets quite upset and Evelyn, for the most part, will just wag her tail and give her kisses (but stays on the couch).
Look at that fur coat!:
Pearl doesn't think any of this is funny.
If Pearl is on the bed and Evelyn walks by, Pearl gets tense. She stands up and stares at her. If Evelyn stares back, Pearl jumps on her head with a squeal like a chimp. Normally when this happens, Evelyn will just shrug her off and go climb up on her love seat. But sometimes (and I think this is just to spite Pearl), she'll think about it a few minutes, then climb down off the love seat and jump on the bed. I swear, she would prefer her love seat but hassling Pearl is just too much fun.
If Pearl comes in and Evelyn is already on the bed, Pearl jumps up, looks completely distressed and tries to get between Evelyn and me. Sometimes she will bite Evelyn's foot. Evelyn doesn't seem to care if Pearl comes up on the bed. If Pearl can get between the two of us, she presses her head down on my arm or shoulder or stomach, hard, as if to keep me from moving closer to Evelyn. Her latest strategy is to shove in between us and lay on Evelyn. She'll flop down like a bag of wet sand. Evelyn doesn't care, she just snores and smiles in her sleep, which really aggravates Pearl. Which, I suspect, is the point.
This tickles Evelyn who will then stretch out in the vacated space, making loud, contented noises
Before all this drama, having Pearl on the bed was no problem. She understands that we get first dibs and if there is a conflict, she has to move (although she has tried to muscle in on Husband, lately - she doesn't even go there with me - I wouldn't put up with it for a nanosecond). Evelyn has always let Pearl have the toys and never seemed to mind if Pearl was getting all the attention, including being petted.
These days, I feel like I am constantly petting two dogs because as soon as one comes over, the other tries to squeeze in between. As I said, Evelyn seems to be having a blast (you should see the sparkle in her eyes) but Pearl looks like she is going to have a nervous breakdown.
Not sure where all this is going to go but I am going to let them sort it out for awhile. As for the bed, I figure it is a lot like having feuding siblings who want mama to ban the other one from Thanksgiving dinner. My take on it is that the invitation is open to all and so long as they behave, they are welcome. Given that Evelyn doesn't seem to mind sharing the bed but it makes Pearl nuts, I suspect Evelyn may ultimately win that battle.
Something to consider in dealing with difficult humans, actually.
Happy Quilting, Penny, Evelyn and Pearl