Sophie likes Lady Mortimer,
except now and again when she (Sophie) gets spooked
(see my post below for a classic spooked-Sophie face).
She is also very motherly toward her.
(Sophie is this way toward her toys too-
her favorite thing is to tuck toys into bed.)
She has overheard me calling my snake all sorts of pet names,
and remonstrating with her when she begins to slither off.
It didn't really register with me
that anyone might find my behavior odd,
until I saw Sophie see Lady Mortimer slither off to the bed edge,
and catch her and scoot her back,
saying in a very concerned voice,
"No, no, darling!"
It was pretty funny to hear Sophie imitate me, dead on.