I won't say it's normal either way. She does interact, and will sit amongst our guests. Many times, she would even make an offering to play with her ball.
This is where you'll find Kira 99% of her day.
I don't have any answers for you Anthony. I am really just curious. So it's safe to say the ottoman is Kira's "crate". Her comfort zone.
If Kira is hanging out with guests, then she is comfortable. If she goes to her ottoman, (when strangers are present) would it be an assumption that she isn't comfortable and is seeking comfort?
Whereas most of the time my dogs are where ever we are. In what ever room we are in. But I wouldn't find it strange if I was in the bedroom and hubby was in the kitchen, to find our dogs in the living room. In the middle of both of us. But if we had a guest, the dogs would pretty much be in their space. So I'm curious as to why Kira would seperate herself.
If I were the dog whisperer, my theory would be as follows; the tone in the room with Wife, Daughter & Guest was a heavy tone. I suspect emotions were high. I suspect it even made you uneasy, which is why you were in another room and let the 'girls' talk it out.
As in the past, Kira picks up on heavy emotions. It stresses her out. The tone in the room with Wife, Daughter & Friend came to a head - to the point where Friend got up to comfort Daughter. What ever happened at that moment caused Kira to react. (Same as she did when the party got too loud.) Stressed, she went into the room to try and change the tone. Stressed, she saw the Friend over her girl and reacted aggressively.
Kira has an open crate in the family room. Her ottoman is her view to the outside world. She waits and waits for birds and cats.
When she's there, she's relaxed. She lays on that ottoman, with one eye open at all times.
I won't suspect that she removes herself because of stress. She will go there whether I'm home watching a movie, or company is over, or if we're alone. It's nothing more than a part of the house, we she can see outside. She loves it there.
If we have guests, she will always interact, then remove herself, and go to sleep on her ottoman. I haven't seen stress in quite some time. She really has been great. No issues with guests whatsoever.
I do believe that your assessment about the emotions are accurate. It was an uneasy subject, and my daughter was getting defensive. I DID leave the room, because I felt it was better suited for the "girls" to talk it out. My wife was also getting tense, because my daughter refuse to see her point (typical of any teenager, parent talk).
SO yes, not neccessarily loud, but never the less there was emotion.