Most of all, it's the eyes...the way that whenever I look down his eyes lock on with this excited "What's next?" look, making me chuckle every time! Alfie's zest for life is quite contagious! Yes, I have enjoyed a little break -- I needed it. But as Amanda said in her comment, the left hand feels empty somehow without that leash.
And Alfie? Haven't heard anything since Friday, when he was so busy playing with Jethro I don't think he could possibly have missed me! I love how dogs live in the moment. But since I'm not a dog, I do miss him...and look forward to Thursday!