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LZ Cowboy: A Cowboy's Journal 1979-1981
This contemporary "log of a cowboy," to borrow a term from Andy Adams, reveals the daily life of a cowboy during the years 1979-1981. "I came up one steer short, 158 instead of 159. I rode through them again and got another count, the same: 158. So I went back to the junkyard. This time, l walked it afoot, checking out every hiding place. I drove the steers out into the op ...more
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by University of North Texas Press
(first published April 1997)
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This is a 5-star book for anyone interested in the day-to-day of cowboying on a modern ranch. Writer John Erickson (best known for his humorous not-just-for-children's series "Hank the Cowdog") spent two years as a hand on the Ellzey spread in the north Texas Panhandle in 1979-1981 and kept this journal of his working days there. The entries give accounts of moving cattle between pastures, doctoring for pink eye and bloat, roundups, winter feeding, calving and putting out prairie fires - all out ...more
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 B ...moreMore about John R. Erickson...