Cowpoke Clydes house was completely cleanhed even shooed off the horseflies: Then right behind his cookin pot, / he spied one thing hed plumb forgot: / ol Dawg, his faithful, snorin friend, / all caked with mud from end to end. Needless to say, Dawg wakes up and runs. The chase that followswith page-turn surprisesmakes for a hilarious shaggy-dog story involving fleas, a hog, bribery, cats, deception, and a mule. The rhyming stanzas are pitch-perfect, Texas-style, and plumb near cry out to be read aloud. Austins expressive acrylic and colored-pencil caricatures of Cowpoke Clyde and his menagerie are priceless. A storytime shoo-in!