Hank the Cowdog

74 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,071 ratings

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog Publisher's Summary

It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Guts, glory, danger, and sacrifice are all in a day's work for Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security. While investigating a murder on the ranch, Hank finds himself the number-one suspect. He resigns and heads for the hills to become an outlaw. A band of ruthless coyotes are happy to teach Hank the trade. Will Hank be forced to raid his own ranch?

Hank sings "How Do I Do It?" and Rip and Snort sing "Me, Just a Worthless Coyote" in this hilarious adventure for the whole family.

©1983 John R. Erickson (P)1983 John R. Erickson
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  • Book 1

    • The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 637
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 513
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 515

    It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Guts, glory, danger, and sacrifice are all in a day's work for Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security. While investigating a murder on the ranch, Hank finds himself the number-one suspect.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hank: a timeless chuckle for families everywhere.

    • By The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem on 03-16-16

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 2

    • The Further Adventures of Hank the Cowdog

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 225
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 173

    Hank's in double trouble! Hank conducts defensive maneuvers against an attacking silver monster bird. But the trouble really begins when Hank is stricken with a terrible case of "Eye-Croserosis". Can he find a cure? Will the mysterious Madame Moonshine be able to help him? Hank's job is at stake!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent

    • By Tana on 06-09-15

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  • Book 3

    • It's a Dog's Life

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 143

    It's all fun and games until somebody ends up in the pound. It's been a busy few days for the Head of Ranch Security, what with routine patrols and not-so-routine combat with headless monsters. When the dust settles, Hank decides to take a break from duty and visit his sister in town.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My 7 year old loves this series!

    • By Crawl on 06-16-18

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  • Book 4

    • Murder in the Middle Pasture

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108

    There's been a brutal murder on the ranch, and it's up to Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security, to conduct the investigation. The only problem is no one's talking. After a dangerous fact-finding mission, Hank thinks he knows who the guilty party is.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By Zellabooks on 01-21-16

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  • Book 5

    • Faded Love

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 66

    Love doesn't come easy. Duped by Drover, mocked by Pete the Barncat, and busted yet again by Sally May, the Head of Ranch Security decides it's time for a break from the grueling daily grind. Heading into the wild outback, Hank goes in search of his true love, the charming Miss Beulah.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love these books

    • By Angela on 08-09-17

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  • Book 6

    • Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 71
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 71

    Guilty until proven innocent? Who - or what - has been killing chickens on the ranch? And what is Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security, going to do about it? Using his top-notch law enforcement skills, Hank launches one of the hardest-hitting investigations of his career. No one is to be trusted, and everyone is a suspect - even Hank!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • He is a disrespectful noodle head

    • By THoward on 12-17-16

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  • Book 7

    • The Curse of the Incredible Priceless Corncob

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    From rags to riches...When Pete the Barncat offers to trade good, juicy steak scraps for a couple of old corncobs, Hank the Cowdog smells a rat. Why would Pete want to trade - unless the cobs are worth a fortune? So, armed with his Incredible PricelessCorncobs, Hank sets out to plan his Early Retirement. But retirement and the life of luxury don't come as easily as Hank expects. It seems as though everyone is after his treasure - even his faithful sidekick, Drover!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Story

    • By Anonymous User on 08-16-18

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  • Book 8

    • The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 82

    An eye for an eye. Things are looking pretty bleak for Hank the Cowdog. First he gets sick on poisoned bacon grease. Then he accidentally trips Sally May - and she ends up with a broken ankle. And if that's not bad enough, he gets stuck playing dress-up with Amy and Ashley, Little Alfred's cousins. But when Tuerto the Killer Stud Horse breaks free and charges at the girls, Hank knows it's up to him to protect them. He'll show that one-eyed horse who's boss - even if it means risking his own life!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By Joanna on 08-22-18

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  • Book 9

    • The Case of the Halloween Ghost

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 184
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    There's something spooky going on at the ranch! When Halloween arrives, Hank - the self-appointed Head of Ranch Security - has got his hands full of adventure. First there's a problem with the Tricker Trees. Then the ranch is invaded by two skeletons, a witch, and a pirate. And when Hank goes to investigate a strange sound in the cake house, he's sure it can only be one thing...a ghost. Can Hank rid the ranch of this unwanted visitor? Or is he destined to be spooked for good?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fun for the whole family

    • By Roberta on 01-10-14

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  • Book 10

    • Every Dog Has His Day

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    It's roundup time, and Hank the Cowdog is ready to strut his stuff. So what's Benny - a world-class cattle dog with the papers to prove it - doing at the ranch? As Head of Ranch Security, Hank knows it's his job to find out. But what Hank learns isn't easy to swallow. Benny has been brought in to take his place in the roundup!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The funniest series ever

    • By Kindle Customer on 07-21-15

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  • Book 11

    • Lost in the Dark Unchanted Forest

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 77

    Lost: one little boy. When Little Alfred runs away from home and winds up in the Dark Unchanted Forest being trailed by a bobcat, Hank the Cowdog knows that it's up to him to save his young master. So, mustering up all the courage that a Head of Ranch Security can come up with, he bravely makes his way into the forest.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amazing book

    • By Billy on 06-01-16

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  • Book 12

    • The Case of the Fiddle-Playing Fox

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    A rumor on the ranch: who ever heard of a fiddle-playing fox? Not Hank the Cowdog, that's for sure. But when several reports of unexplained fiddle music come in, Hank knows that it's his job to check things out. And to his surprise, he finds that the ranch has indeed been invaded by a fox with a fiddle!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I love hank the cowboy and foxes! So it perfect for me!

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-18

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  • Book 13

    • The Case of the Wounded Buzzard on Christmas Eve

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 66

    Tis the season for chaos. It's the night before Christmas, and Hank the Cowdog, head of ranch security, is looking forward to a long winter's nap when duty calls him to accompany Slim into town for a last-minute shopping spree. Along the way, Hank and the gang are struck not only by the meaning of Christmas but also by a 25-pound buzzard who crashes through their windshield.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great story

    • By Anonymous User on 09-14-18

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  • Book 14

    • Monkey Business

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    The head of ranch security and his first lieutenant, Drover, are finishing up an exhausting morning of patrols when a mysterious caravan of trucks rumbles past headquarters. Going in for a closer look, Hank the Cowdog apprehends a large red box bearing a mysterious label: "WARNING! MONKEY! DO NOT OPEN THIS BOX!"

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book

    • By bess judson on 06-16-18

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 15

    • The Case of the Missing Cat

    • Hank the Cowdog
    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 37

    Hank makes a foolish bet with his archenemy, Pete the Barncat, that he can catch the Lumberpile Bunny. He loses the wager, his job, his pride, and even his gunny sack bed under the gas tanks. Hank begins to plot revenge. He must dispose of the cat. That sounds simple. But without Pete, Hank discovers scrap time has lost all its joy and meaning.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Wonder Hank Story!

    • By Melissa on 02-04-15

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  • Book 16

    • The Case of the Blinded Blizzard

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 44

    Mission: nearly impossible. As the Head of Ranch Security, Hank the Cowdog has seen his share of tough weather. So when a raging, swirling blizzard shuts down the ranch and Hank is stranded out at Slim's cabin, he isn't fazed one bit. At least, not until a phone call from the ranch house brings an emergency directive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My name is naomi grace Adams my favorite color is blue and I love salads and asparagus I am 10 years old

    • By Liya Adams on 01-03-19

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  • Book 17

    • The Case of the Car-Barkaholic Dog

    • Hank the Cowdog
    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    How do you spell trouble? R-A-M-B-O. After a brilliant use of the Syruptishus Loaderation maneuver, Hank the Cowdog wins himself a free ride into town. But when the ticket turns out to be one-way, the trouble begins for the head of ranch security.

    It seems that Hank's beloved sister and her children are the target of malicious threats from the neighborhood bully, a Great Dane named Rambo.

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  • Book 18

    • The Case of the Hooking Bull

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49

    When Sally May and Loper head out of town for a wedding, Hank the Cowdog, Head of Ranch Security, knows it's up to him to keep things under control. After subjecting strawberry ice cream to rigorous product testing, test-driving a mysterious spaceship, and thwarting a sneak attack from a couch monster, Hank faces the fight of his life.

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  • Book 19

    • The Case of the Midnight Rustler

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 66
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 67

    Someone has been stealing calves from Uncle Johnny's pasture, and it's up to Hank and Slim to put a stop to it. In the hopes of catching the "crinimals" in the act, they set up camp in the field just north of the canyon. But the stakeout isn't all fun and games.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great for road trips!

    • By Amazon Customer on 12-26-18

    Regular price: $13.99

  • Book 20

    • The Phantom in the Mirror

    • By: John R. Erickson
    • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
    • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 36

    After Pete the Barncat starts a rumor about a Phantom Dog in the machine shed, Hank the Cowdog - the head of ranch security - decides that he better check it out. And sure enough, when Hank takes a peek into the shadows, he sees the meanest, toughest, stupidest dog he's ever seen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • John Erickson’s storytelling is hard to beat!

    • By JEAINE6 on 08-07-18

    Regular price: $13.99

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