Nine is actually home, in the house, but Sofie is not there waiting with him (as this picture may imply). He is probably wondering where she is and why his doggy pal is not around to play with.
Stella, on the other hand, is very happy that the ‘chasers’ are not around. I hear that she is taking full advantage of a dogless house and is coming out much more.
Here is V Skyping with me in China. Now you probably understand why the dogs are at Sonya’s: it’s not safe when I’m not there – wild animals roam the living room. BOL