I really cannot say if Ms. M is smart or just manipulative, but she has this innate ability to get her way. This first became apparent to us when we adopted Mr. B. We bought Mr. B this welcome home fuzzy toy that Ms. M really wanted to play with, so rather than trying to take the toy from Mr. B.
She brought one of her older toys, bit it so it would squeak and then dropped it in front of Mr. B. When Mr. B went to inspect the other toy, Ms. M snuck behind him and took his toy. A and I were in complete awe watching all of this happen. Then like a flashback, we started to see all the things she would do to us. From this realization, we eventually caught onto her sleeping on the couch.
Often times, she will try to trick us into feeding her two meals and we know of one time when it actually worked. Since A had classes in the morning, she would wake up early and sometimes feed the pooches before she headed off to class. After A leaves, Ms. M would come into the bedroom, and start complaining.
It got so annoying that one time I got up and fed them...again. Now, we check with each other before we feed the pooches. Thinking back, Ms. M is mainly conniving when it comes to food. Whenever we spill our food or their food, Ms. M will make a mental note of the location of the food and wait until we are well out of sight before she heads back to the food. Scary thing is that she will act dumb with us even knowing that I am trying to trap her or trick her.
Sometimes I will act like I'm going to the bathroom and rush right out only to find her waiting outside of the bathroom door, but when I'm actually using the bathroom, I will come out to find her in her bed with lick marks where the food used to be. On the other hand, I always find Mr. B waiting patiently for me in front of the bathroom door. I have to say that it is quite reassuring to have a not so bright, but a happy-go-lucky dog like Mr. B in the house, because I don't have to worry if his actions have an ulterior motive.