a customary or regular course of procedure.
I don't know about your dogs, but ours have a morning routine. I'm not sure if we trained them or if they trained us but every morning it's the same thing.
Abby begins stretching and making a sound that is so odd that I don't even know what keys to press on the keyboard to replicate it. The only time she makes that sound is in the morning after she has begun to stir and before we leave the comfort of our bed to let her outside. This happens usually minute before the alarm goes off.
Sophia, happily nestled in the warmth of a king sized bed with her people, pretends she's still sleeping until my husband climbs of bed to lead Abby to the door. At that point she will open an eye or two, lift her head ever so slightly, and await the hands that will gently pick her up and carry her to the door to go outside.
After our two girls have gone outside to do their "business" they quickly run upstairs into the kitchen where they await their morning treat.
Of course, after all that strenuous work of going outside and running up a flight of stairs, the next obvious stop is the beds.
Not the beds they just left but the beds in the kitchen.
That's right. After sleeping all night and having only been up for five minutes, they both act as if they are worn out and curl up on their beds for a little more shut-eye.
Sophia, enjoying her new "just-my-size" bed, wasn't too happy about the bright light I kept flashing at her. Sheesh, you think she'd be used to the camera by now, after all she did used to have her own doggie blog :-) Right after this photo she decided she headed for a spot where she was less likely to be disturbed - under the bed.
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