Sydney is a black and white cat staying with me while her owners work overseas. She is small, polite and handicapped, having lost one of her hind legs to an accident in Europe. Along with my two kitties, Sydney always bolted to the basement when a large barking, drooling Labradoodle thumps in for the day. After several flights to the nether region, Sydney got fed up with being a refugee. One day, Sydney hopped brashly upstairs, snatched possession of the couch and refused to budge no matter what the dog tried. Standing her ground, Sydney outlasted the dog who eventually gave up harassment and ceded the territory. Sydney remains queen of the couch and top dog too. A fine example for us all.