When my three dogs return from their stay at the B&B, they are delirious with exhaustion. Lexi walks into the house, gets a drink of water, lowers herself carefully down on the kitchen floor, and does not move until the next morning. Bisou becomes more aggressive in her snuggling, pushing hard against my thigh while we sit on the sofa and somehow keeping up the pressure even after she has fallen asleep. If for any reason I have to dislodge her, the effort is entirely up to me. It is surprising how heavy an 18.5 lb dog can make herself when she doesn't want to be moved.
But it is Wolfie whose reentry is the most dramatic. After a cursory sniff of our luggage, he becomes at-one with the floor the way a fried egg becomes one with the frying pan. His collapse is so complete that I catch myself checking his ribcage for signs of breath. He doesn't look like a dog lying on a rug: he looks like a dog pelt that has been flung on the floor.
All this is good news for me, since it allows me to recover from the trip that was the reason for the dogs' stay at the B&B. They have had so much entertainment that I can go a good couple of days without having to think up diversions for them.
After four days in the bosom of her Cavalier tribe--which includes her mother, a couple of aunties and two of her sisters--Bisou is glad to swap her enfant terrible mask for a temporary lapdog disguise. Lexi is happy to lie all day with her nose in her empty food bowl. As for Wolfie--whose exhaustion comes mostly from having to keep track of Lexi and Bisou among all the other canine guests at the B&B--you can almost feel his relief at getting his little pack home, where nothing will interfere with them, except himself.