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

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  834 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews

Approx. 2.5 hours, 2 cassettes

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.

Hardcover, 136 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Viking Books (first published June 1st 1984)
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Matt Gulde
Nov 07, 2016 Matt Gulde rated it really liked it
Fellers, I'm here to tell you, old Hank will never let you down. This is becoming my favorite read-aloud series, mainly because I love doing Hank's voice so much. I imagine him as a combination of George W. Bush and several of my cousins and uncles.
Way Eikleberry
Nov 17, 2016 Way Eikleberry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ali Hill
Sep 20, 2016 Ali Hill rated it it was amazing
It's just another day in the life of Hank The Cowdog until a little misunderstanding with one of his owners Sally Mae that leads Hank to go on an adventure away from the ranch. On his adventure he reunites with some old friends some family and has a little run in with the law oh my! This is the perfect fantasy book for 3 and 4 grade. It does have one mature moment when one of Hank's niece's asked him what a certain word meant. But either way it's a great and cute read.
Laura Verret
Yep, it’s Hank again…

The Story.

The night watch is over and Hank is just stretching out for a delicious, hard-earned snooze when Drover pulls in squeaking his silly little head off. His terror arises from the fact that he just learned that the world is going to end tomorrow. Yes sirree, tomorrow at 3 PM. Even Hank, veteran that he is, is a bit shook up. Do they really only have a day left to live? He decides to conduct and investigation.

His first plan of action is to penetrate the house and snea
Wayne S.
Jul 16, 2015 Wayne S. rated it really liked it
Hank the Cowdog is head of security on the M-Cross Ranch owned by High Loper and Sally May in the Texas panhandle’s Ochiltree County. His younger assistant named Drover has heard from Pete the Barncat that the world is coming to an end because he saw Sally May writing on the calendar for the next day, “End of the world, 3:00 p.m.,” and then driving off. While investigating, Hank makes such a mess in the house that he decides that it’s time for a visit to his sister Maggie and her family in town, ...more
Beatrix Conti
Apr 16, 2013 Beatrix Conti rated it really liked it
The Hank the Cowdog series, is the most humorous and insightful look into a day in the life of a Cowdog. My first encounter with this book was as a child when my mom read it to me, being an avid dog lover I was hooked! I then read the book to my younger brother, using my best Hank the Cowdog accent, until my throat was dry and I could barely speak, while we laughed up a storm! There have been 60 books written since 1982, about 130 pages each, there are also pictures throughout the book. The ...more
Courtney Clark
Jan 07, 2015 Courtney Clark rated it did not like it
Shelves: with-the-boys, 2014
Honestly, this got one star because zero wasn't an option. I usually don't like to do easy-reader type books as read alouds or audio books because I want the kids to read them themselves. But every once in a while we do. We started Hank because Zeke picked it up at the library and I've heard it lauded as a book that really gets kids reading. This book is so freaking terrible that I'm not even sure I'd allow it as private reading material. I definitely won't ever be reading another myself.

1. Poor
Chloe Coombs
Sep 28, 2011 Chloe Coombs rated it really liked it
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May 13, 2016 Owen rated it it was amazing
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Nov 16, 2010 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can see why my son told me to read this book. Hank has a very entertaining view of the world and of himself. I didn't laugh out loud reading these books, but I can imagine that all of my kids would be rolling on the floor laughing at some parts if I were to read it aloud to them. I like books that point out (in a humorous way) the difference between one's perception of self and the external reality. That's a good lesson for kids to learn.
This book was a very interesting book. Hank the cow dog goes on an adventure away from the ranch after getting in series trouble. The only thing I don't like is how Hank lies and that he thinks he is way better than Drover. Other than that it was a interesting, funny,and fun and I really enjoyed it.
Nov 18, 2008 Tom rated it liked it
Another good story. Hank takes a vacation to the city while things "blow over" at the ranch after a break-in and steak eatin' at the house. We meet his sister and her 4 pups (and the neighbors cats),Hank gets hydrophobia and has a run-in with the local dogcatcher. Good times.
Sep 10, 2016 Jason rated it it was ok
Shelves: kid-lit
A weaker entry in the series, most of this book takes place off of the ranch and away from the canyons. It was a nice change of pace after the first couple books, and has a memorable moment or two, but nothing special.
Darryl Cole
Jul 11, 2011 Darryl Cole rated it really liked it
I read pretty much this entire series years ago after I descovered them in my elementary school libary. The plot, and characters are great. Plus these books are extremly funny. I loved this series then and I still love it.
Hank goes to visit his sister because he is kicked off the ranch he lives on. He is a bad influence on his nieces and nephews, and his sister gets him back. I thought the writing was shallow and mundane.
Deborah Harris
AR Quiz No. 6222 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: MG - BL: 4.8 - AR Pts: 3.0
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, VP
H.M. Ward
why? why did there have to be something in there about chopping off hank's head? kid had nightmares all night. didn't see that coming. :(
Nestor N.
Nov 28, 2011 Nestor N. rated it it was amazing
I read a Hank book itis funny kank hank popys end she wanted to go tothe oat to the wrold because
Kristine Hansen
Aug 10, 2012 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-book
Hank leaves the ranch to visit his sister in town. Another funny story about Hank and his friends. Is it only me that loves when the vultures can be included for a bit?
Jul 18, 2008 Carol rated it liked it
This is not my favorite kid's series, but there were definitely some laugh-ou-loud moments in this one.
Kylie Schlabs
Sep 10, 2009 Kylie Schlabs rated it really liked it
Hank the cowdog is my favorite book series. Drover is my favorite character out of the whole series! This book series rocks!!
May 11, 2013 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this to my 6th grade class this week. The chapters on Hank visiting his sister Maggie are inspired.
Feb 12, 2016 Maggie rated it really liked it
This was a very FUNNY book! Hank is pretty funny. Drover is SO stupid and he always forget's stuff that Hank just said. This is a good children's book.
Feb 23, 2010 Hannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-by-hannah
Hank gets bubbles. The reason why it's called ivory dog bars is because it's written ivory across the soap and because soaps are bars. And Hank gets stuck in the dog pound. And he escapes.
Kathleen Spratt
Oct 24, 2008 Kathleen Spratt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listening
What a fun book to read. My eight year old son and I take turns reading this book to each other at night. His teacher started us on reading the series by John Erickson. I chuckle every night.
Merwyn Haskett
Sep 11, 2008 Merwyn Haskett rated it it was amazing
A nice - and more importantly, funny - change of pace as Hank doesn't solve a mystery but rather spends a day getting his Sister's pups and himself in trouble.
Shannon Clark
Sep 28, 2013 Shannon Clark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-reviewed-yet
Hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!! I've now set a goal to try and read ALL of the Hank the Cowdog books by the end of this schoolyear. THAT'S how much I love them!
Steffanie Anderson
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Erica Dittentholer
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Oct 24, 2016
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Mar 21, 2016
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John R. Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, is gifted with a storyteller's knack for spinning a yarn. Through the eyes of Hank the Cowdog, a smelly, smart-aleck Head of Ranch Security, Erickson gives readers a glimpse of daily life on a ranch in the West Texas Panhandle. This series of books and tapes is in school libraries across the country, has sold more than 7.6 million copies, is a ...more
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