1. M has been out of town for a few days on a business trip. I am fully in charge of the dogs, which the dogs do not particularly like for many reasons, chief among them that M much more freely gives them treats.
2. The dogs seem to have a middle of the night playtime that I was not previously familiar with. I thought that generally M also sleeps at night -- or at least that has been my observation -- so either he sneaks out under cover of darkness and plays with the dogs or, more likely, they see me all alone and are feeling pity on me and are trying to help.
3. I got a haircut yesterday. My hair "stylist" (way too serious a term for what he has to do with what remains on my head) has his salon in his home. He also has a couple of dogs, normally sequestered in another section of the house, but released when friends and/or dog lovers come for an appointment. I enjoy seeing them and presumably the feeling is mutual. Yesterday they did a lot of rubbing and jumping. As I feared, when I got home, there was a lot of sniffing and accusatory looks. I feel like I cheated on my dogs or something.
4. It has been rather hot in Omaha recently. The dogs like it when I'm home, because the air conditioner is turned to a cooler setting. Conversely, it's set higher when I'm away. I'm wondering if they are REALLY TRULY happy to see me when I get home, or if they know I'm going to cool the house more.