In this latest installment to the long-running series, the weather on Hank’s west Texas ranch is hot and dry. So dry, in fact, that they’ve got to be on the lookout for prairie fires. So Hank bravely takes on the role of Head of Fire Safety and gets to work. But patrolling for fires is dull, and it’s hard to do on an empty stomach. Despite a minor culinary distraction, though, Hank—through grit and determination—is able to keep focused on the job. And it’s a good thing he does, because sure enough, things on the ranch start to heat up....
Everyone knows that a dog’s gotta chew what a dog’s gotta chew. But when Hank’s doggie urges have him chomping on plastic—including Little Alfred’s toy truck—Hank knows he’s got to get things under control. Then Beulah—the long-eared lady dog of his dreams—shows up at the ranch, and Hank is thrilled. At last, he thinks, she’s finally given up her infatuation with Plato the Bird Dog. But it turns out that Plato is missing, and Beulah wants Hank to help find him. Can he put his doggie dreams aside and do the right thing? And will hunting for Plato help with his chewing problem? It’s all in a day’s work for everyone’s favorite Head of Ranch Security!
For twenty-five years, readers have enjoyed watching Drover—Hank’s trusty sidekick—try to finagle himself out of every dangerous situation that arises on the ranch. But what happened before Drover came to the ranch? Well, it’s all here—from his early days as runt of the litter through his fruitless search for a job to his ultimate position as Hank’s right-paw man.
It’s scrap day on the ranch—a glorious day for Hank, his sidekick, Drover, and Pete the Barncat. But when two very unusual-looking creatures fly overhead, the glorious day takes a sudden turn for the worse. Suddenly the scraps have vanished and the Head of Ranch Security finds himself dealing with an invasion by a couple of ancient dinosaur birds! There’s never a dull moment when Hank the Cowdog is around....
Hank the Cowdog is at it again! There’s a burglar on the loose, and he’s robbing
houses with the help of a super-sneaky, superstinky secret weapon. As Head of Ranch Security, Hank knows it’s his job to protect the ranch and all the buildings on it. So when a suspicious character comes sniffing around Slim’s bachelor shack, Hank heads right into action. But does Hank have what it takes to save the day—even after getting caught?
Hank’s in trouble again, but when he tries to apologize to Sally May, she just doesn’t get the message. Before Hank has a chance to convince her, he learns that the ranch is being targeted for a major invasion from the dreaded coyotes. Does Hank have what it takes to save his reputation and protect the ranch?
Hank and Drover are excited when a quick nap in the back of Slim’s pickup turns into a trip to town. But the excitement turns to drama when they find themselves at the livestock show-and Drover decides to take off to visit his mother. Can Hank track down his faithful sidekick before Slim heads back to the ranch? Or is he off on a wild goose chase?
When a funny turn of events brings a parrot to the ranch, Hank is not worried. After all, what harm can one copycat bird do? So he decides to go about his business. The only problem is, Loper and Sally May don’t seem to appreciate his heeding their requests to bark louder and dig up the flowers. What’s really going on here? Hank’s not sure, but he’s determined to find out!
Hank is helping the cowboys with the dangerous mission of rounding up a very angry bull when a strange twist of events brings a yellow Labrador onto the scene. The entire ranch quickly becomes enamored with this new addition to the ranch's Security Division. Who wouldn't love a good-natured dog who strikes fear into the hearts of angry bovine, wears a big sloppy grin all day, and adores the ranch kids? Where will Hank fit in now that there is a Perfect Dog on the scene?
Hank sings a little song called "Happy Dog," and the yellow Labrador sings his story in "Happy's Confession."
What's the Big Question...
Loper and Sally May have left Slim to manage the ranch while they go off to visit relatives for the holidays. But, just when it begins to look like another boring bachelor Christmas with Slim, a storm blows in and the electric fence separating a herd of steers from the highway shorts out. Now it’s up to Slim, Viola and the ranch’s Security Division to jump into action! Things take a surprising twist when Slim comes down with a burning fever in the middle of the operation, but nobody, and especially not Miss Viola, could have been prepared for the even bigger surprise that
transpires on the way to the hospital!
Slim sings a song about cowboy cooking called "'Maters and 'Taters", and Hank sings about "Christmas Cookies".