Well, obviously they count to the Ratcatcher.
But specifically I am referring to whether they count as an ally.
Take the melee action Backstab - It has a difficulty of 3 Misfortune. But for each of your allies engaged with the enemy, it reduces this by 1 Misfortune. Does the SBVD count?
Also, does the pet move on its own? Should it roll initiative? Or do we just assume that it moves with the player?
I currently play the rat-catcher in Emirikol's game.
I consider it an ally.
The SBVD moves on my initiative, not on its own, and I direct it.
Interesting question about Backstab. My ratcatcher has that card! But I did not consider that the pet would reduce the dice by one. Good question. I will yield to Emirikol's interpretation.
I used Bite and Shake to good effect and as Emirikol mentioned, Man's Best Friend allowed the ratcatcher to avoid a crit. And yes, that took the SBVD effectively out of the combat since obedience points were gone and my ratcatcher was busy fighting Fimir daemons and falling off a tower into a sacrificial pit of watery filth and blood. Arg!