Because he’s only eleven and has eleven times our energy, Rikki gets to go for a walk every night. We wait till the gun nuts are in bed because he looks exactly, completely, unbelievably like a deer.
So we march past the second driveway up top and barely even pause at our homestead’s cricket green.
We walk past the mysterious wood along the road.
And then we arrive at the gates of Mordor.
And then, panting slightly, both of us, because even I am eleven in dog years, we turn around and go back home in our magical elven cloaks, which are proof against all the pickup truck headlights in the world.
After which we have a cookie, and curl up for a good night’s sleep.