Apes, Humans and Dogs
Urko’s mind raced with the fast pace of the horse he was riding. His life had
changed and it was unsettling to him. Humans were to be kept in their place. This
was his mission in life to protect simian civilization. But all that changed. Now his
household consisted of himself, his wife Elta, a human female named Sonia, the two
human fugitives and their renegade chimp co-conspirator. And now he was on his way
down and return to a normal routine. Ever since he met Fidel the small
from the future, his future which would be ruled by apes who were devoted to protecting
humans. All he could think about was retiring from his workaholic existence to a life
with his beautiful wife, horses and dogs. He never thought humans or chimps would be
part of the picture. But Burke’s cooking skills and Sonia’s artwork pleased him and he
wanted them around. Virdon was excellent at taking care of his prized horses and Galen
was his wife’s editor for her novels. It all was working out and tried to tell himself he no
longer needed to chase the fugitives, especially any human fugitives. Their dominance
of the earth was over and was going to stay that way.
Urko thought of Fidel constantly, he missed the tiny dog and this embarrassed him. A
tough military leader should not have a prissy, little canine. Yet, Burke had had one
back in his old life, before he traveled in space. He explained to Urko that despite the
their territory. Urko gave himself a mental speech that the dog he was purchasing was
still a dog.
Urko could hear the barking from quite a distance. He knew he was approaching the
a puppy but he suppressed the feeling and was anxious to get on with the purchase. His
wife, Elta was agreeable to getting a dog but he would have gotten one anyways. She
had her writing and he would have his dogs and horses.
The horse soon came upon the door of the house and Urko pulled on the reins
coming to a full stop. The barking was deafening, even outside. Urko wanted to cover
up his ears but tied his horse to a post instead. It sounded like a thousand small dogs
lived in the house. Talila greeted him at the door. “My grandfather said you were
interested in purchasing one of these miniature canines.” She had to shout over the
Urko grunted and was at a slight loss for words. “Yes” was all he could come
“Come in, sir! We have plenty to choose from!” As soon as Urko came through the
door, the barking subsided, almost as if on cue. Silence now reigned in the kingdom
of small dogs because of Urko’s presence. Silently, he wished his soldiers came to
attention as well as the dogs had. No one gave him this kind of respect, no wonder he
liked dogs. It seemed like there were hundreds of dog everywhere all different colors.
Dogs were on furniture, in crates, in little doggie beds, on countertops etc. He wanted a
tan dog like Fidel and scanned the room to find one. Something else caught his attention,
he smelled whiskey but hesitated to say anything yet.
A young male orangutan came through a back door. He tucked in his shirt as he
greeted Urko. “Welcome, Security Chief Urko! We are honored to help you choose a
noble canine or canines.” Talila gave him a nasty glance. “Who can have just one dog!”
He stifled a burp and then hiccupped.
Urko squinted his eyes. “Do you have a kennel license for all these dogs?”
Talila averted Urko’s attention by ignoring the question. “My understanding, sir, is that you
plan on retiring. You and your beautiful wife should have company. These dogs are great
companions and travel easy as well. This is my finance Bernard.”
Bernard bowed towards Urko who growled at him. Some of the dogs started barking and
Talila shouted at them to “shut up!” The dogs became silent once again.
“Have a look around, sir. Take your time. And don’t feel pressured to take just one.
Little dogs love company.” Urko’s mind now functioned like a computer listing data.
Too many dogs and no kennel license in sight. Strong odor of alcohol, probably a home-
made distillery here. Suspicious boyfriend. And this was Zaius’ granddaughter. Ah…it
didn’t bother him now that the fugitives lived with him. He had the goods on Zaius. This
was information Zaius would not want made public. His wife’s steamy novel also didn’t
bother him as much, at least the novel was legal. He made some more mental notes and
stored the information in his mind. He may need it at some point. The gorilla relaxed a
little and resumed studying the dogs.
Talila diverted his attention again. She was ready for her sales pitch. Or in this case, a
gift. She prepared to butter Urko up like he was freshly made toast. “Ah… General.
Your career has been long and illustrious. You
have saved simian society from…
Urko interrupted her. “Shut up and give me a tan dog!”
Talila was so startled she fell backwards slightly.
Bernard put himself between her and Urko. He glanced into Talila’s eyes and then turned and
faced Urko. He bowed again and spoke “Oh, great gorilla leader….
Urko pushed him against the wall. “Cut the crap and just give me a dog!” Urko was at
the boiling point of anger and just wanted to get out of there before he arrested them.
Unlike Talila, Bernard didn’t flinch. He continued his spiel but went straight to the point.
“We would like to give you six dogs free of charge.”
Urko's eyes grew wide. “Six dogs! Why would I want six dogs?! I am not starting a kennel!”
Now Talila quietly intervened. “Sir, we have six wonderful little darlings that need a good
home. You have quite a large amount of land and these dogs are easy to take care of. Just
don’t step on them. They don’t require much food and are marvelous watchdogs.”
Urko’s eyes reflected anger but he refrained from hitting the female orangutan.
“We have six dogs, all about one year old. They are from the same litter which is rare. These
little dogs usually give birth to only two or three puppies Urko glared at her with his fists
clenched. He knew he was being conned. Who wanted to give away six expensive puppies.
“And sir, they have all have such a personality!”
Urko continued to glare at her when Bernard interrupted again. “My apologies, Urko.
You are right……so right. These six dogs are little terrors. We are unable to find a
home for them.” He turned to Talila. “Dear, these dogs have to be put to sleep.”
Talila stepped back in horror. Tears welled up in her eyes. “No…..someone will give
these dogs a home!”
“We can’t keep them any longer. They are getting older, they are adult dogs now. And our
guest here wants a puppy like most simians who buy from us.”
Urko didn’t like the idea of the dogs being put to sleep. If it were humans or even orangutans
he wouldn’t care. But he felt the dogs didn’t deserve this fate. And he was past the
point of wanting to get out of this house, he was desperate to leave. He could give four
of the dogs away and keep two. Then he realized their were three apes and three humans
in his house. Everyone could have their own dog. Maybe the two humans would finally
relax if they each had their own dog. He was anxious to leave and decided later he would
figure out what to do with six dogs. He was firm when he spoke and pointed his finger at
the two orangutans. “Alright! Give me the dogs! His voice boomed and he stomped his
foot. The two simians clung to each other briefly, then motioned for the angry gorilla to
follow them into another room. Five dogs sat on a sofa while one in a crate barked
continously until Talila removed her from the crate and held her in her arms. She put her
down but the dog resumed barking at a high pitch. She immediately picked her up, she
didn’t want the security chief to change his mind. The dog became silent and wagged
her tail while she gazed at Urko who at this point would do anything to get out of there.
He could tell the dogs were not from the same litter. Three of them had long hair, one
little too large to be a purebred
and thrilled to be taking them home despite his inner conflict of emotions.
The two orangutans moved quickly, scooping the other five dogs and escorted
Urko to his horse. Now Bernard couldn’t get the gorilla leader out of there fast enough.
“You will not regret this, Security Chief Urko. These tiny canines will bring you much
happiness.” Bernard put the dogs in the various pouches Urko had on his saddle. Only
The heads peeked out. There were only five pouches so Talila handed the nonstop bark-
ing dog to Urko. He took the dog gently, not knowing where to put her. After a few
seconds he put the dog in a pocket near his waist. She gave out a sigh and seemed to be
very content. The gorilla leader got slightly lightheaded when he thought about someone
witnessing him galloping along with his brood of little dogs. And it was only noontime
so he would surely be seen by someone. Thank the Lawgiver he was retiring soon. He
never expected to retire as a laughing stock but it looked that way if an ape saw him
now. He left the two orangutans without saying a word, galloping off. There was a
shortcut through some woods he was going to take. This would reduce the chances of
anyone seeing him, he hoped. He prayed the dogs wouldn’t start barking and
draw attention to him. The two orangutans watched Urko ride off until he disappeared.
Bernard turned to Talila. “That was sooo close. I thought for sure he
would discover the distillery.”
Talila frowned. “That’s the least of our problems. Wait until he gets those miniature terrors
home. All hell will break loose and we are going to be in deep trouble. We’ll have to move
Bernard shook his head. “Something had to be done with those dogs.He is the perfect
owner. With his rotten disposition, the dogs will behave themselves. Trust me,dear.”
Talila looked at the ground. “I just hope this doesn’t come back to haunt us.”
The dogs didn’t seem to mind the fast gallop of Urko’s horse. They appeared to
be content riding along with the breeze in their faces. Urko relaxed somewhat when
he entered the dark woods, knowing his chances of being seen were now slimmer.
The woods were full of sounds and the dogs’ ears all went forward and the one in
Urko’s pocket tried to wag her tail. “Stop it!” The dog stopped but she looked like she
was grinning at her new master. Urko now realized that he would have to explain all
this to Elta who had agreed to getting a dog but would be surprised with the arrival of
six. Fortunately she was the guest speaker at a writing conference today and would not
be home until tomorrow. At least he had some time to think about what he was going
to say to her. Maybe his niece, Ariana would take some of the dogs. She was always
taking in stray humans and other animals.
Urko was riding through the woods for about half an hour when his horse rode into
a clearing. He found himself in the middle of a group of gorillas who he recognized
as some of his soldiers. They had been celebrating and were inebriated. All of them
stopped laughing and stood up.
One of them continued to roar with laughter over something that was said. His back was to
Urko and he turned around to see Urko and the
would replace him when he retired. The gorilla forced himself to stand straighter and
“Oh, look at the widdle puppies! Aren’t they cute! Urko! Are you going to join us?
We are celeeebrating my new job. Oh, they have BIG eyes!” The gorilla wobbled
as he spoke. His conversation veered between the dogs and other things. “I am
so happy, sir! I am leaving the army and am going to be a botanist!”
Urko was stunned. “What? You are doing what? You can’t leave the army!”
“Oh…yes I can and I am. Do the doggies want a cookie? My what big ears you have!”
He let out a loud belch.
“I am retiring! You are next in line for my position. You can’t relinquish your duty to simian
civilization to go and grow flowers!"
The gorilla leaned to one side and then straightened up. “I am not going to grow flowers, sir!
I will be studying about medicinal plants and how to develop more food for us.
I have been in the army long enough, almost as long as you have."
Urko realized the enormity of this. It meant that the next in line for his position would be
Alexander who was not the ideal soldier. He loved ceremony and marching but was not
quick to fight anybody. He didn’t think humans were a problem and loved to sit around
and discuss everything to death. Urko realized that his world was on the brink of
change. It felt very unsettling to him. He still wanted and needed to retire. He wanted
a life now.
Urko spoke with authority to the gorillas. “I wish you well on your new course
in life but you should remember your duties to the simian world. There will be conse-
quences to your decision. All of you better sober up and I expect you to arrive
early tomorrow and be ready to work hard!” Urko ordered his horse to ride off.
The gorillas watched him and laughed.
Urko felt a rage coming on over his soldiers being drunk in the woods. They
should be doing other things with their time off. The good thing was they were
drunk and he could deny that he had the dogs. The thought of what was going to
happen to his army with a leader he didn’t care for disturbed him. But it didn’t
change his mind about his impending retirement. Ape civilization would have to
go on without him. At least he knew that apes would survive well into the future
and continue to rule. He thought about the spaceship with the female gorilla and
felt somewhat secure in his future.
The horse reared up on his hind legs and whinnied. Virdon tried to get close to him but
the large, blonde horse would have none of it. Zeus was the only horse Urko owned
that refused to be ridden. It just wasn’t happening. His blonde mane was disheveled and
Burke was beginning to sympathize with the horse. “You have been at this all morning,
buddy. Let’s face it, Zeus is his own boss. He isn’t going to let you or anyone else ride
him. Virdon was out of breath and sat down on the ground. Galen looked up from his
reading. “Alan, are you alright?” The blonde haired astronaut sighed. “I’m fine.
Exhausted but fine.”
Burke spoke compassionately towards his friend. “I know you are extremely fond of this
horse but you can’t ride them all.”
Virdon looked off in the distance. “I can’t get over how Urko actually owns a horse he
can’t ride. That gorilla getsup and rides horses every day at before he goes to
Burke grinned. “Looks like the master of the house has sides to him we aren’t aware of.
He may hate humans and chimps, but he sure loves his animals.”
Galen added to the conversation. If he didn’t enter that spaceship, I doubt we would be alive
right now. He would have killed us when he came home and there we were in his house.”
Virdon got up and remained silent. The three fugitives were in a corral and the humans
decided they were hot and dirty. Swimming in the pond on Urko’s property was welcome
retreat from the balmy weather. Galen headed back to the house to finish his work, editing Elta’s next novel.
The blond haired astronaut and his dark haired colleague walked to the pond, removed
their clothes and dived in. The water was refreshing and soothing. Zeus watched them
walk away to their water retreat.
The three gorillas stood down the road from Urko’s house. They had been surveying
the property for a week. The leader was getting anxious. “We have to act soon or not
at all. We need Sirius out of jail and back with the gang. Without him we are broke, he
managed the finances. We hold Urko’s wife hostage and demand Sirius in return. It’s that
simple. We kill his wife if he doesn’t give up our leader. The other gorillas were nervous.
One finally spoke. “Are you sure this is a good plan. This is too weird. His wife is never
home and he has humans living in the house. I thought he hated humans.”
The leader was impatient and getting angry. “Many apes have human slaves! That doesn’t
mean he likes them! So what!”
The other gorilla joined in the conversation. “Maybe we should hold one of his horses
The leader hit him. “Stop it! Don’t be ridiculous! He will exchange Sirius for Elta. He cares
about two things in this life, saving simians from humans and his wife. “We will grab his wife
as soon as she gets home! Now let’s geta move on. We need to get into that house and
wait. Urko went to work and he works long hours.” Even though the gorillas had watched the
house for a week, they really didn’t know Urko or were aware of the recent changes in his
Alan was the first to get out of the water. He stretched out on the grass and closed his
eyes. At least they were not running and as uncomfortable as it was living with Urko,
it was a relief not to be continuously chased by gorillas on horses. Burke kicked his leg
gently. “Buddy, where are our clothes?”
Alan opened his eyes so they were half slits. "What do you mean? They’re right here, where we put them.”
“No, they are not. Our clothing is missing.” The dark haired astronaut was not amused.
Alan sat up. “Oh come on, Pete. Don’t be funny, there are right…….there. Well, they
were right there. Who took our clothes?” Both men looked around. “Pete, is this a joke?”
“No, it’s not a joke! This is not funny! Someone took our clothes!” Both men suddenly
noticed Zeus off in the distance with what appeared to be Alan’s shirt in his mouth.
Burke rubbed his chin.
“You really pissed off that horse! He stole our clothes!” Virdon now got up and blocked
the sun from his eyes. He could see Zeus off in the distance trotting with something in
his mouth. “You were right, Pete. He is his own boss. We better get back to the house
and get something on.”
The rest of the ride through the woods was uneventful. With the exception of birds
And other animal noises, the woods were free of simians. Urko knew once he left the
woods, someone along the way would see him. He urged his horse to go faster and
tried not to think about it. Even though he passed several simians and humans on
his return home, he was ignored with the exception of one human working in a field.
The young man looked up briefly and took a second glance at the gorilla and his
down the road. The expression on his face indicated he couldn’t believe what he was
The woods had been a shortcut so the rest of the way home was not very long.
Urko arrived at his house and glided off the horse. He removed the dogs one by one, with
the female in his pocket being the last. As soon as he put her down, she was hysterical
with barking at a high pitch. Urko picked her up, holding her in one hand. She wagged
her tail and was very content. The other dogs followed him into the house. As soon as
Urko entered his house, chaos took place for a few minutes. The dogs all ran around and
The gorillas had entered the house and held Sonia hostage with a knife to her throat. Galen
was standing across from them pleading with them to leave.
The gorilla who was nervous about entering the house ran out in a panic when he saw
remained still, holding onto Sonia.
The dogs continued barking and Urko picked up the female who had been in his pocket and
she quieted down. “Shut up!” All the dogs stopped barking but growled and bared their teeth
at the gorillas.
Galen froze where he was. He didn’t know what to do and wasn’t sure if he was more afraid
of the tiny canines or the gorillas. Sonia was silent as usual but her eyes focused on the
Urko, who was not having a good day to begin with, could feel a rage coming on. He was
tired of individuals entering his house uninvited. Blood would be shed today.
The leader was the first to speak. His eyes were on the dogs first and then he gazed into
Urko’s eyes. “You’re home early, Urko. We were going to have your servant here cook us
lunch. She refused and you arrived just in time, because a human should not refuse to serve
Urko was actually horrified at the possibility of losing Sonia. She was his artist and the
portraits she drew of him would hang in the army headquarters for many years to come.
The dogs continued to growl and Galen tried to make eye contact with Urko who was
trying to control his anger. “How dare you enter my house and attempt to harm my
servant! There are consequences to your crime.” The three gorillas knew each other
well. Urko had arrested the Sirius’ gang numerous times. The leader and Urko were
very familiar with each other. Galen was amazed that the leader was not at all afraid of
Urko. His companion was nervous but stayed with the situation. He put his hand tighter
around Sonia’s throat and put the knife closer to her skin. Urko who had been
suppressing his rage all day knew it was coming out of him soon. He glanced down at
Sonia’ artwork on the table in his living room and was horrified to think of losing this
She was the only one who drew pictures of him to hang in the army headquarters after his
retirement. He had struggled with the fondness he had for her because she is human but
she is his human. These gorillas would not survive.
The leader resumed talking again. “Oh, this disgusting human can draw and she
draws you! Ha! You’ve changed Urko! You are getting old and soft! Just get Sirius
released from prison and we will be out of your life! Urko pointed his finger at both
gorillas. He became calmer and organized his thoughts. “You will die for this! You do
not come into my house uninvited!” The dogs all growled in unison and everyone looked
down at them. The two gorillas holding Sonia hostage were baffled. The leader’s
were wide. “Are those dogs? I never seen dogs that small.” One of the
walked over to the gorilla and lifted his leg. He peed all over his boot. The leader now
wasn’t sure what to do. The plan to hold Elta hostage wasn’t working out. She wasn’t
home and things were getting very bizarre. He growled at the small dog who looked up
at him and growled back. Urko thought how these dogs were definitely good watchdogs.
It entered the leader’s mind that he now wanted a way out of this situation gone bad but
couldn’t think of any. It was all about to get worse.
The fugitives now entered the living room. Both astronauts were stark naked and
the closet at the end of the living room had extras clothes for them in it. Sonia who had
never spoken shouted “Oh wow!” Her eyes were cast down at the anatomy of the fugi-
tives. She was a little more relaxed now. Even if the gorilla killed her, at least her dying
view would be pleasant. Urko glanced at the fugitives and Galen was equally shocked at
his friends being in the nude. The gorillas were not happy that more individuals were
now present in the living room. The dogs were barking again and Urko shouted at them
to shut up. The female he was holding flew out of his hands and Pete caught her in
midair. She leaned against him and gave out a sigh.
Alan spoke first. “We’ll explain why we are ……uh undressed later. What is going on
Urko was close to exploding! “It seems that I can’t keep any intruders out of my house
lately!” He stepped forward towards Sonia and the gorillas. The gorillas held their ground
and continued to threaten to take Sonia’s life.
Chaos took place next. Urko was too fast for the gorillas and quickly
got the knife away from the leader and stabbed him. He collapsed to the floor. The other
gorilla tried to make a run for it but was hit over the head with a statue of the lawgiver
by Alan. The gorillas were on the floor in a heap. The stab wound to the leader was
fatal and he was gone. The other was unconscious. Urko was still angry and growled.
Sonia ran to Galen who comforted her. She was having difficulty averting her eyes from
the naked astronauts who now headed towards the closet where their clothes were. The
dogs were running around and barking. They finally calmed down and sat together on
livingroom sofa. Pete was still carrying the female who nuzzled against him.
Urko dragged the gorillas outside to a wagon where he would have to transport
them to the army headquarters. He still was very angry. When he returned to the house,
Pete spoke to him first. “Six dogs? I thought you were only going to get one or two?”
Urko snapped at him. “ It’s none of your business why I got six of them! I am the master
of this house! Do not question what I do!”
Alan grinned. He knew Elta was the real master of the house but didn’t say anything.
Galen was the next to speak. “Why are you both naked?” Both astronauts looked at each
other in embarrassment.
Pete turned to look away. “You wouldn’t believe it, if we told you.”
Urko pointed his finger at the men. “Yes, explain yourself human! Why would
you……then he stopped in mid sentence. He put his hand down. “Zeus stole your
clothes. You went swimming and he got mad at you and stole your clothes.” Alan and
Pete faced Urko directly. Alan who loved horses was fascinated. “He ‘s done this
before?” Urko grunted. Zeus steals stuff all the time. One of the rare times Elta was
hanging out laundry, he stole all the clothes and hid them. Onetime I found all these
things in his stall. We can’t figure out how he dragged around a large cooking pot but
when it was missing, there it was, in his stall.” Urko shook his head. “Get some clothes
on and help me put these losers in the wagon. When I get back
supper better be ready. He gave a glance towards Burke who still held the female
Later that evening, a knock could be heard at the door. Urko who had returned
from army headquarters, peeked out the window. Galen was the only other individual
in the living room and Urko motioned for him to hide. He left the room. Urko opened
the door and let in Zaius. The orangutan was upset. ‘We have a problem! There is going
to be a demonstration tomorrow outside army headquarters. A large group of simian
females are requesting that they be allowed into the army and they also want to be on
the council. You have got to stop them!”
Urko rolled his eyes. “I can’t. I am taking tomorrow off.”
“What! This is an emergency! You can’t take the day off! You have
to arrest these females! They can’t be on the council or be soldiers! Next there will be
humans on the council!”
Urko smirked. “Don’t be ridiculous! You’re getting worked up over nothing. My
lieutenant can handle this. Go home and relax!”
Silently, Urko knew that his world was changing but he still wanted a life. He didn’t have
the desire or energy to save simian society anymore. Especially after the conversation
with the female gorilla in the spaceship. Apes were going to rule. He wished he could tell
Zaius what he had seen but he knew he wouldn’t be believed. The day had been
exhausting and he wished Zauis would go home. Zaius stilled tried to convince Urko to
go to work.
There is this orangutan female….she says she knows you. I understand she is a friend of
your niece, Ariana. She is insisting on being let into the army. She keeps saying she was
born to be a soldier.” Urko knew who he was talking about, he had argued with her at
niece’s house. He still refused to go to work. One of the
livingroom and sat next to Urko. Zauis looked down at the dog. “Oh, you did get a dog
from my granddaughter.” Urko gritted his teeth. “I arrived home with six dogs. Your
granddaughter and her boyfriend are quite convincing.”
Zaius was stunned. “Boyfriend?” Urko then suppressed a laugh. Zaius didn’t know what
was going on with his granddaughter and her illegal activities. This was so good because
Urko would use this information in the future against Zaius. The fugitives would remain
in his house or his granddaughter would end up in jail.
“I am not going to work tomorrow. I am still on vacation. If things get out of con-
troll, send someone to get me and I’ll stop the demonstration. Otherwise, my lieutenant
will have to handle it without me. Did you read my wife’s book? What did you think of
Zaius was confused. “Why would I read a library textbook for university students?”
Then Urko remembered. Elta wrote the steamy romance novel under a pen name. Zaius
didn’t know it was her that wrote it. He now fumbled with his words. “Uh uh…… it’s
my wife’s book! You think that out of respect for me, you would read it! He looked away
Zaius was still baffled. “I am impressed that you wife wrote a book, Urko. But I read mostly
scientific books and journals, not books on how to become a librarian.” Now the orangutan
wanted to get out of the house. Urko was acting too strange for him and despite the fact he
didn’t like Urko, he preferred the angry gorilla leader he knew. And now he felt pressured to
read Elta’s library textbook book
since Urko had purchased six
granddaughter. Urko never mentioned she gave the dogs to him.
The orangutan now headed for the door. “Okay, Urko. I hope the demonstration
tomorrow of angry female simians doesn’t get out of control. Enjoy your new pets.”
He exited the house and got onto his horse and rode off into the night.
Later that night before going to bed, Urko walked into Pete’s room and sat on
bed, by his side. Pete was in the bed with the female
She snored softly, occasionally opening an eye to look at Urko. She was exhausted
and very content to be where she was. Pete actually smiled and stroked her head.
“I am naming her Sara after one of my ex-girlfriends.”
Urko gave him a baffled look and sighed. “There is a dog for everyone.”
Pete still grinned. “Very thoughtful of you Urko. I would like to know what really
happened at that kennel today when you want to tell me.”
Urko glanced at the wall. “Fine. Have a laugh at my expense. You know
eventually we are going to have to explain your presence here, why the two human
fugitives from the future are living with the ape who pursued them. We could all be in
Pete was still relaxed. “We will think of something,Urko. It looks like this
world is going to change again. I heard that conversation you had with Zaius. We might
have better luck with female apes on the council and in the military. How do you feel
about that, Urko?"
The gorilla got up and grunted. He refused to answer the question. “I
expect breakfast on the table early, after my morning ride. You are only still here because
you can cook. Don’t forget to feed the dogs.” Urko liked the sound of his state-
ment. Dogs in the house. It made him happy but he didn’t reveal that to the dark haired
“Sleep well, Urko. See you in the morning.”
Urko mumbled goodnight.