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It's all fun and games until somebody ends up in the pound. It's been a busy few days for the Head of Ranch Security, what with routine patrols and not-so-routine combat with headless monsters. When the dust settles, Hank decides to take a break from duty and visit his sister in town. There, he enjoys the garbage patrol of a lifetime and faces down a brood of sassy town cats - and the plot thickens. Hank contracts a mysterious case of "soap hydrophobia" and ends up imprisoned in the dog pound! Is there any hope of escape for everyone's favorite cowdog?

Original songs include "Your Momma Wears Old Tow Sack Drawers", "Cats are Stupid", and "Kicking My Dog Around".

Hot dog: Don't miss out on any of Hank the Cowdog's adventures.
©1984 John R. Erickson (P)1984 John R. Erickson

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  • THoward
  • 12-12-2016

Very silly and some LOL moments

Sometimes I think the book is pretty funny then other times I think it is so disrespectful that I'm glad I don't have young kids listening. Just as most books and movies are really only understood by adults, the same is with this book. The main character, Hank, has a great dislike for cats. He even goes so far as saying God made a mistake when He created cats. The listener needs to take these as folly and dismiss them or it will drag down the story.

Hank is pretty self important. I know a few humans like him.

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  • Vanessa
  • 07-07-2012

love these cute stories! great family entertainmen

What made the experience of listening to It's a Dog's Life the most enjoyable?

the clean family humor

Who was your favorite character and why?

Drover is always my favorite because he is such a cute coward

Have you listened to any of John R. Erickson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes, this one is just as good, I am always pleased with John R. Erickson's books.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

when Hank jumped in Slim's truck and Slim did not give him over to the dog catcher

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  • Joe
  • 08-06-2020

the favorite farm dog.

it is amazing to know just what our crazy do you is thinking!!! our "Hank" is called by a different name but thinks and acts just the same. Love these stories... so much fun!!?

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  • MZW
  • 04-06-2020

fun for the family road trip!

our family loves Hank the Cow Dog books! from young to old. the author portrays the different characters so we'll. The reader is excellent as well.

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  • mothertekker
  • 31-01-2020

Can't stop laughing!!!!

This might be the funniest of them all. Hank gets in real big trouble and decides to go visit his sister Maggie and her puppies. Well, Maggie is a city dog with manners and she is not at all pleased to see Hank. Maggie takes the funniest steps to make Hank leave. Hank takes it on himself to give the puppies a few lessons on being a dog. It doesn't take long before the dog catcher and the sheriff's department is out to get Hank who they think has rabies. You will never look at Ivory soap the same way. They will forever be Ivory dog bars. This book has excellent characters, excellent accents, an amazingly funny storyline, and action packed ending. If you were ever wondering about Hank's family, this is a great one. My kids know the cat song by heart!

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  • Todd W.
  • 13-08-2019

Ellie

I would recommend this book to everyone. It's a wonderful book I love this book 😘❤️

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  • MJO
  • 13-02-2019

We laughed til hurt

This one is delightful-maybe we were just ready to laugh, but I think maybe this was the best one we’ve listened to.

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  • Crawl
  • 16-06-2018

My 7 year old loves this series!

This is a great series that my 7-year-old son is especially enjoying. The narrator is terrific.

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  • Jessica Filograsso
  • 15-06-2018

we love Hank!

we love hank. this isn't our favorite hank story, but does not disappoint in all its characters and typical hank-iness!

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  • Peggy
  • 13-04-2018

Great listen for younger kids, but I love it also.

Hank, head of ranch security, is hilarious. His sidekicks and he will keep you and your kids (or grandkids in my case) very entertained while in the car. It’s just funny.

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