Every morning, Pixel, who is our 16-year-old donkey, greets us with his amazing voice. If you have never heard a donkey speak, it sounds alternately like a lion roaring and a really squeaky door opening. He is usually happy to see us when we come outside, but lately, he pays attention to what is happening in the house, which he can see from his winter pasture. First thing in the morning, when our bedroom light goes on, Pixel lights up with a quiet bray that ends in a real crescendo half a minute later. Because it’s always still dark outside at wake-up time, it must be obvious to him that something is finally about to happen in his calm world.