I’m trying to get Pumpkin to play with her treat ball. It’s one of those bright blue jobs with a small hole that sweeties fall out of as she nudges it around with her nose.

Usually, she loves it. Not today. Her sister’s gone out for a walk, and Pumpkin is Suspicious. It’s too quiet without Poppy dancing around and pulling her ears.

She’d rather play with the bunny, but she uses Poppy for leverage. Throwing herself at a large stuffed rabbit clearly doesn’t carry the same allure without a buddy to break her fall.