After I finish showering and getting dressed, I sit down to put on my shoes.
Fleegle carries over one of my running shoes and drops it at my feet. “Put this one on,” he says, then carries over a hiking boot and drops it next to the running shoe. “And this one.”
I look down at the two mismatched shoes, both lefties. “Why?”
“Because I want to go running, and when I get tired, I want to hike through the woods looking for a good stick to chew.”
I push the running shoe and hiking boot aside and reach for my cowboy boots.
“Not those, Raud,” Fleegle whines. “Standing around and posing is so boring. Have you even met a horse? They’re so big, if you’re not careful they can poop on your head.”
I reach for my hat, a silver belly rancher. “I think I’ll wear my hat too.” I get it positioned on my head just right, stand and look down at Fleegle. “Maybe we could trade in your walking harness and leash for a horse halter and lead rope.”
“Some big macho cowboy you’ll be with his little chocolate pony.”