Every morning, we have almost exactly the same ritual. Moby starts to wake up around 5 am and will jump out of bed somewhere between 5 and 6 (only the latter if he’s really tired). Then it’s time for me to get out of bed, wake up Boney, send him outside, feed the boys, and take Moby for a walk.
Boney is our rooster. If Joe isn’t awake when I let him out of his crate, he’ll be awake within seconds. If it’s extra early, I’ll pick Boney up and carry him to the dog door – this creates less “woo-wooing” and makes the morning a little quieter.
While Boney is outside going potty, I get the boys’ food ready. Moby starts eating before Boney is back in and Boney rushes through the dog door barking like I’m going to forget to give him his. While the boys are eating, I open the door to outside and open the screen porch door. Even though he has the dog doors down, Moby doesn’t really like to go through them when it’s dark outside – if I forget to open the door, he’ll wait patiently for me to do that for him.
After the boys have eaten, I clean their bowls, put them up and start to get ready for our walk. Moby sits – not so patiently, sometimes barking – waiting to get suited up for our walk.
Boney always sees us off at the door – he knows he gets a treat when we leave. Depending on how much time we have, our walk will be anywhere from 1-2 miles. Moby stops to sniff lots of things and gets barked at by a few of the other neighborhood dogs who are also out for their morning walks. He ignores them and keeps walking – I love that about him!
When we get back from our walk, Boney is always waiting on the other side of the door for us. He knows he gets another treat! If dad is up, Moby runs to the counter to greet him for the day, excited to see him.
After all that, it’s usually time for me to either get ready for work or head out to CrossFit. The boys find their respective spots (Moby on the big dog bed and Boney on the ottoman), curl up and take a long nap.
Do you have any morning rituals?