I think everyone has bedtime routines. They are a comfort and help us to settle in to end the day peacefully. At least, I think that’s usually the case. I know it’s funny how missing one little thing can throw you off, too.
Of course, we have a bedtime routine here. It starts with making sure Morgan and Küster are in their crates. Bunny and Blueberry get bundled up in their coats if need be and then they go out to the turn out pen together. A few minutes later, after business has been taken care of, they come in and get unbundled.
After that, it’s Küster’s turn to go out. My husband takes him out on a leash and lets him take care of his business and then he brings him back in. At this point, it’s bedtime for Küster. He goes into a crate in the bedroom and the rest of us relax for thirty or forty minutes while he gets settled.
However, every night, he has an escort as my husband leads him in to the crate on his leash. As soon as Mr. Taleteller and Küster head outside, Bunny assumes her stance near the doorway from the kitchen to the living room. This is the route my husband and the black tornado take to the bedroom crate. As they come back in, our tiny little hound is hot on their heels. When they enter the bedroom, she follows close behind and watches to be sure that Küster has not only been ensconced in his crate, but has also been double bolted in. As soon as the second bolt is slid home, she trots back out to the living room, satisfied that all is right in the world and that the world will sleep peacefully while the infidel is kept in his place.
I’m not sure why she thinks she has to personally supervise the whole thing, but it’s become a solid part of our bedtime routine. Apparently, she doesn’t trust Mr. Taleteller to take care of things properly. They both need careful supervision in her opinion. We laugh about it every night. I guess Bunny sleeps better knowing that the world is safe from Küster. The humans sleep better after a laugh from a certain regal little hound and her antics, too.
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