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Hank the Cowdog


The coyotes — Rip, Snort, and the dreaded Scraunch the Terrible — are Hank's arch-enemies. An ever-present danger for the ranch, they roam the canyons and forests looking for trouble. But as fearsome as the coyotes may be, Hank has an irresistible fascination with their devil-may-care lifestyle. In fact, Hank once decided to join them-to see what life was like on the other side of the septic tank.

"About a week after I joined the tribe, I made friends with two brothers named Rip and Snort. They were what you'd call typical good-old-boy coyotes: filthy, smelled awful, not real smart, loved to fight and have a good time, and had no more ambition than a couple of fence posts. If Rip and Snort took a shine to you, you had two of the best friends in the world. If they didn't happen to like your looks or your attitude, you were in a world of trouble. I got along with them.

(From: Hank the Cowdog #1: The Original Adventures )
Illustration by Gerald L. Holmes from Hank the Cowdog #19: The Case of the Midnight Rustler)

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