USA Today calls the hilarious Hank the Cowdog series "...the best family entertainment in years."
Hank is a scruffy, smart-alecky supersleuth with a nose for danger and an eye for the ladies. And as Head of Ranch Security on a West Texas ranch, he's usually up to his ears in all kinds of amusing trouble. Whether he's called upon to bark up the sun, investigate suspicious goings-on, or defend the ranch against marauders, Hank's hilarious, hair-raising adventures will delight readers young and old alike.
"Rip-roaring fun...[a] marvelous situation comedy." --School Library Journal
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The Perfume Flunks Out, but All Is Not Lost From Hank the Cowdog #5: Faded Love Hank is out to win the heart of his one true love,Miss Beulah the Collie. On the way to her ranch, he meets Rip and Snort who convince him that the smell of dead skunk is an ancient coyote love potion. Thoroughly covered with this unusual perfume, Hank approaches Beulah and decides to open his heart.
I turned to the lady of my dreams. "Hi, Beulah."
"Hello, Hank." Our eyes met and I knew that the old magic was still there. And in that honey-smooth voice of hers, Beulah said, "Do you smell something?"
Heh, heh. I had her now. She would be putty in my hands.
"Yes, Beulah, and I can reveal its source. What you smell is an exotic love potion, known only to the wild coyote tribes and passed down from generation to generation since the dawn of time. Risking death and fates too horrible to mention in polite company, I stole the secret formula from a band of savage coyotes and Beulah, I did it just for you."
"Oh, Hank, you," she moved upwind, "you shouldn't have done that. Why, you might have been. . ."
"Killed? Maimed?" I moved upwind. "Dear lady, to die in your service would be an honor of which I am unworthy."
She scooted around upwind. Guess she was afraid of being overwhelmed.
"But honestly, Hank, fighting coyotes! They're very. . ."
"Dangerous? Deadly? Ferocious? Yes, my lady, all of those things." I slipped around upwind. "But with the memory of your lovely face etched on my heart, my only fear of death is that I might not see you again."
"Oh, Hank, you do carry on, don't you?"
She moved upwind.
"As you very well know, my years of combat and detective work have given me the outward appearance of steel, but beneath that shell of armor lie the gentler emotions known to ordinary dogs."
She got up and moved upwind.
"Hank, are you feeling all right? You don't have a fever, do you?"
"Yes, I have a fever, Lady Fair, and I admit it without shame." I moved upwind. I had to give that perfume a chance to do its stuff. "It's a fever of the heart, and some people would describe it as LOVE!"
"Oh my, how. . .nice. But Hank, I must admit something to you." She got up and moved.
"I know what you're going to say, my petunia. How many tortured nights have I spent dreaming of the time you would say those words to me? Ach, there's no pain to compare with the ache of unblemished love!"
She moved upwind.
"Hank, I don't know how to say this."
"Yes, my tulip, I have the same problem." I moved. "We spend so little time speaking the language of the heart that we find it hard to say those three simple words. Am I right, my perfect rose, three simple words?"
"Yes, Hank, three simple words, but. . ."
"Just say them, Beulah, out with them and we'll go plunging into the unknown!"
"All right, Hank, here goes. . ."
What three words will Beulah say? Will it be cowdog bliss for Hank or will he be left with nothing but a pawful of memories? Find out in Hank the Cowdog #5: Faded Love (Copyright John R. Erickson).
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This book is a humorous story about Hank and Love. Although some people mat think it isn't twhat funny because of what Hank did to Belah, it is still a HCD classic in my view. -Celia P. R.
This was a gift for our grandson who is a first grader. It was a great opportunity to obtain the next book in the series which are getting hard to come by. A great series to keep a little boy reading!
Dear people who r reading this, this book is awesome and gross because of love but i think dog lovers will really love it and anyone else who loves humor and love.
The previous Hank the Cowdog book was a bit of a lull for me, but this one picked back up nicely with a fresh new idea. Instead of concentrating solely on solving crimes on the ranch, in this book, Hank and Drover go looking for love, and the adventures are worked in around that. This is a nice new take on the characters; though sometimes the old familiar faces are still brought back for seemingly no purpose but to have them in every single book, it was good to see Erickson trying something new again. This book brings out another side of the dogs' personality and keeps the storyline fresh.
Hes a dreamer LOL it was pretty funny when he put on his secret love potion,i would recomend it
This book is SO awsome!! I love it!! People, you really should read this book! It's funny but also romantic.