A funny thing happened the night He left: the dog slept downstairs. Not only that, he did it after spending the entire evening lying contentedly in the living room.
He did it again the next night, and the night after that.
I know this doesn’t sound like a detail worth noting, but this is not what my dog does. What my dog does is spend every evening whining and agitating to get outside. Sometimes he sleeps out in the yard until the wee hours. Sometimes he doesn’t like it outside, and whines to come back in, but then decides he doesn’t really like it inside, and spends the entire evening whining on one side of the door or the other.
Until the night He left, when the dog spent the evening lying contentedly in the living room.