"I'll never forget that night. It was like a romance novel, an old Broadway musical, and a John Wayne western rolled into one. Out for a quick drink with friends, I wasn't looking to meet anyone, let alone a tall, rugged cowboy who lived on a cattle ranch miles away from my cultured, corporate hometown. But before I knew it, I'd been struck with a lightning bolt... and I was completely powerless to stop it."
"Real Life Romance and Humor"
For Charlie it's hard work being king of the ranch. There's napping to do, food to taste, and car rides to take - it's downright exhausting! But it's not all work - there's a lot of play, too! There's always a game to join and a goal to score. From football to soccer to basketball, Charlie is ready to jump in and lend a paw to help the underdogs get the winning point. While Charlie may be an all-star on the field, when it comes to his favorite kind of ball, he has to wait until dinnertime. And at the table, Charlie is the MVP!
In this hilarious follow-up to the New York Times best-selling picture book Charlie the Ranch Dog, Ree Drummond - the Pioneer Woman herself - delivers a story about getting into the holiday spirit and finding the good in all. Even though Charlie may not have put a kitty on his Christmas list, he learns that if you keep an open heart, new friends can come in unexpected packages.
Meet Charlie. He's a ranch dog. Breakfast is his life, especially when bacon is involved. Charlie has dangly ears, floppy skin, and big fat paws. And he loves living in the country. That's because he works like a dog...fixing fences, gardening, and helping his family out on the range. Yep, it's all work, all the time for Charlie the ranch dog. In fact, he's probably working right now... Come along as Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, introduces us to her beloved short-legged pioneer dog named Charlie.
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It sure is nice to be King of the Ranch. Just ask Charlie! His days are filled with belly rubs, bacon, and Mama's special tender loving care. But then his daily routine is interrupted when a new baby shows up! All of a sudden, everyone's attention is on her, and not on Charlie. They tuck her in, feed her dinner, and give her their tender loving care. What is a ranch dog to do?
No one steals a carrot from Mama's garden and gets away with it! Charlie howls and chases the thieving rabbit, and then camps out by Mr. Rabbit's hole until he appears. But the sun is so warm and cozy - perfect for a nap! Charlie must try another tactic: luring the rabbit with another carrot. Will Charlie succeed? Beginning listeners will love this adventurous and heartwarming Charlie the Ranch Dog story!
Poor Charlie the Ranch Dog isn't feeling well this morning. He has an awful pain in his tummy that won't go away. He doesn't even want bacon, so he knows it's serious! Mama knows exactly where to go to help her achy basset hound feel better, but Charlie is nervous about visiting the veterinarian's office. Can Dr. Jan help Charlie get his appetite back?
When Charlie wakes up to a world covered in snow, he can't wait to get outside and see what's going on around the ranch. He even takes a break from patrol duty to take a fun sled ride with Walter and Sister down the snowy slopes - whee! One ride is enough fun for Charlie, but Walter can't wait to go again and again. That is, until Walter goes missing! It's up to Charlie to take control of the situation and bring his buddy back, before anything bad happens to Walter!
Everyone on the ranch knows that Charlie is the boss. But when a visitor comes to stay with Charlie's family, Charlie isn't so sure that the new guy knows the rules. In fact, Rowdy the dog doesn't seem to be a very nice guest. After eating Charlie's bacon, drinking Charlie's water, and sleeping in Charlie's bed, Rowdy is in the doghouse! Can Charlie find a way to keep Rowdy in line...or at least find some more bacon? Join Charlie the Ranch Dog in his first book...and find out who is boss!
Charlie is a genius napper, an expert cattle wrangler, and the best bacon eater around! His skills are top-notch, and he's ready to share what he knows with his ranch friends. Mama and the kids are busy with their lessons, so Charlie helps out by creating a school of his own. Suzie, Kitty, and Walter have a LOT to learn, and there's no one better to instruct them than the King of the Ranch! Class is in session, but Charlie's students are acting like a animals. Will Charlie be able to teach his friends anything?
It's not easy being a cattle dog, but Charlie knows he's the right dog for the job! When Abigail the calf gets stuck in the mud, Charlie springs into action - until he gets stuck, too! Will Charlie find a way to get out of this sticky situation?