I can say there was once a time when I genuinely thought Diva would never develop a play drive. This picture is evidence to the contrary. She still prefers that I initiate the play. She struggles with bringing me a toy to ask me to play. Tonight she brought me the toy and gave it to me. Normally when she wants to play she either a) harasses Ryder into playing then steals the toy from him or b) sits at my feet and whines very insistently and persistently while staring intently at the toy sitting across the room. She is fetching beautifully outside with longer and longer throws. I've even been able to throw different toys and have her return them. She's still somewhat tentative about playing tug, but I'm happy she'll fetch as this is the best exercise for her. When Ryder plays hide and seek, I'm making her get up and look. She often finds it before him but then lies and stares at the toy until he finds it. The next trick will be to get her to retrieve the hidden toy.
Another big growth was a friend's mom stopped by to pick up something. Neither of the dogs barked!! Or jumped up!! (To be fair I had hold of Diva's cord.) Both gave appropriate and curious greetings. Woot! Perhaps part of my battle is making sure they're getting enough stimulation - maybe that's the secret to having them be balanced nice dogs.
Either way - isn't she cute as a button in this picture? What you don't know is she's lying beneath my legs whining right now. Ryder has put himself to bed under my bed... Such different little personalities!