It's a Dog's Life (Hank the Cowdog Series #3)

It's a Dog's Life (Hank the Cowdog Series #3)

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Hank's third adventure open with Hank in trouble again, so he decides to make a visit to town to see his sister. Sounds innocent enough, but then Hank takes his nieces and nephews on a garbage patrol and gets captured by the dog catcher. Will he find a way out?

The songs include: "Your momma wears old tow sack drawers," "Cats are stupid," and "Kicking my dog around."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591886037
Publisher: Maverick Books TX
Publication date: 08/01/2002
Series: Hank the Cowdog Series , #3
Edition description: 3 hours
Pages: 3
Sales rank: 1,275,450
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

John R. Erickson is a former cowboy and theologian who began publishing short stories while working full-time on ranches in Texas and Oklahoma.  His experiences there became the inspiration for the Hank series.  He still lives and works on his ranch in West Texas.

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Garbage Patrol From Hank the Cowdog #3: It's a Dog's Life Hank hitches a ride into town to visit his sister, Maggie, who never really took to ranch life. Maggie doesn't like swimming in the sewer, chewing on old bones, or digging in the mud. So, it's up to Uncle Hank to teach Maggie's four pups the basics of their cowdog heritage, beginning with Garbage Patrol. We marched down the alley until we came to the first garbage can, which was a fifty-five gallon drum with the top cut out. I showed 'em how to go up on their hind legs, hook their paws over the edge of the barrel, and pull it over.

"All right, now you kids sort through that stuff and find some grub."

The boys gave a yell and went into the barrel, but the girls kind of hung back.

"What's the matter?"

April spoke up.

"Mom says that playing in garbage is unladylike."

Barbara nodded.

"And we're not supposed to get dirty. Mom said so."

"Well, moms are always right, don't forget that," I said. "So go through that garbage in a ladylike manner and try not to get dirty. And don't worry about your mom. I'll take care of her."

The girls looked at each other, grinned, and dived into the barrel with the boys.

They didn't find much in that first barrel, just a couple of chicken bones and a whole bunch of newspapers, so we moved on to the next one. Same story there: corn cobs and potato peelings. By George, that was kind of a lean alley. We had to investigate a dozen barrels before we found a real treasure: a bunch of fish heads wrapped in newspaper.

Oh, the kids loved them fish heads! They jumped right in the middle of them and gobbled them down. I stood back and watched and, you know, kind of remembered myself at that age, when all at once a man stepped out into the alley. Guess he was dumping trash or something.

He looked up and down the alley. You might say we'd left a little mess. I mean, when you get all caught up in a garbage patrol, you don't stop to think about the mess you're making.

The man dropped his trash basket and came running towards us, yelling and waving his arms.

"Hyah! Get outa here, go on!"

I sounded the retreat and we lit a shuck, headed south down the alley as fast as we could go. We went several blocks and hid in a hedge row. The kids were out of breath and all excited.

"Gosh, that was fun!" said Roscoe, and the others agreed.

"I was scared," said Barbara. "I thought that old man would catch us."

"Yeah," said April, "he sure looked mean!"

"Uncle Hank," said Spot, "I like fish heads,"

"And playing in garbage is fun!" said Barbara.

I smiled and nodded my head.

"You see, kids? If we hadn't gone on a garbage patrol, you never would have learned all this. As your mom's told you many times, education is very important."

I stepped out of the hedge and scouted the area to make sure the coast was clear, then I gave the password — "Stinkeroo" was the secret word — and the kids formed a line and we went marching home. I figgered they'd had enough education for one day.

We were marching down the alley, maybe three blocks from home, when we passed a yard with a big cedar fence around it. Sitting on top of the fence was a big fat yellow cat.

My ears shot up and my lip curled, all on sheer instinct. I mean, my instincts about cats are pretty sharp. I glared at her as we went trooping by, just waiting for her to make some kind of smart remark.

You know my position on cats. I don't like 'em. I don't go out of my way to cause trouble with a cat, but any time I find one that's shopping around for a fight, I can usually be talked into it.

Well, this cat looked dumber than most but she must have had a little bit of sense because she didn't say a word as we went past. She just stared at us.

I supposed that was the end of it, but when we got past her, little Roscoe came trotting up to the front of the column. He had a worried expression on his face.

"Uncle Hank, that cat said something when we went past."

"Hold it! Halt!" The column came to a halt.

"What was that again? The cat said something? What exactly did the cat say?"

"She said, 'Your momma wears combat boots.' What does that mean, Uncle Hank?"

"What that means, young feller, is that we're fixing to have a demonstration of violence and bloodshed. About face! Follow me!"

And we marched back to teach some manners to a certain lard-tailed yellow cat.

Will Hank survive his trip to town? Will the town survive Hank's visit? Can cats really learn manners? Find out in Hank the Cowdog #3:It's a Dog's Life (Copyright John R. Erickson).

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading #4 murder in the middle pasture. Right now i am starting to like it a lot. I hope to read all of the books!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read practically ALL the Hank books. Its taken me since second grade but I am almost done! Ten years is a long time !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish they would include all of the books....this says book 1 on the bottom cover picture...but the description says his third adventure??? Which is it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love hank the cowdog so much im reading slims goodbye #34
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Hank!!
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book once again draws on a much simpler plot than the first "Hank the Cowdog" book, yet I still like it. Maybe it is just because I am a Texan, but the book made me laugh out loud in several places. I do appreciate that Erickson continuously adds new little twists in each book that manipulate the writing style in a funny way, but doesn't fall back on repeating the same stylistic elements over and over. The one thing I didn't like about this book was that Hank and the buzzards played the banjo in one chapter; after establishing fairly credibly that these are real animals that do things that real animals are capable of doing, and not human activities, that seemed like a bit of a stretch to me. Otherwise, however, I felt like this book still continued with the same humour that made the first two so enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love hank my favortie book
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Soundds intersing
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Very good and funny. I would like to point out that the front cover said 1 rather than 3. This is clearly book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hank rules!!!!
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I have always been a huge fan of hank and drover in the hank the cowdog series and this one is just like the others.... NINJATASTERIFIC!!!!!!
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Hank the Cow Dog is a dog that guards a farm. Hank also guards his family, who are Drover and his sister, but she lives out of town. Hank the Cow Dog was taking a break from all of his adventures and work, when he decided to go to his sisters and stay a while. While on his way to his sisters, he encounters many other bumbling adventures, and ends up in the dog pound. What will happen to this courageous dog? This is a very funny and a exciting book. It will have you cheering for Hank and you can't stop reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like Hank you'll like this book. It is the same bumbling dog and the same bumbling characters. It's a different scene and with the addition of a couple of new characters. It is easy to read and keeps you wanting to read. When you stop in the middle of a sentence because you're laughing, to me that's a good book. It keeps you wanting more laughs, and keeps you expecting more from Hank and friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Hank the Cowdog series is so funny, it keeps you reading until you're all the way through the book. Hank, the main character, is Head of Ranch Security. He (supposedly) knows everything. Drover, his stub-tailed sidekick, is about as sharp as a bowling ball. You'll always be able to find him hiding under the shed or staring at the clouds. Sally Mae, Loper, Slim, Little Alfred, Wallace and Junior the Buzzards, Rip and Snort the Coyotes, and many other friends appear throughout the series. You will have a blast reading about them. Very entertaining to listen to on trips if you have the tape versions. It will keep your kids quiet for hours as they listen. Ya'll will love Hank the Cowdog, I guarentee it! :^)