Things are going really well with Esme. Buster seems to like her now (except when she's trying to play and jumping on his head). Sylvia is still not having any of this (it probably doesn't help that Esme chases her every time she sees her). Lizzy is too old to care at this point.
The puppy is doing really well with both house and obedience training. She's having a couple of accidents here and there, but it's only been a week! She's already learned sit, down, and stay. Brian is proclaiming her to be the best dog ever. He might be right, but I'm holding off on my judgment until she stops using my floors as a toilet.