Cowboys, Cattle, Horses, Dogs, Cats, and ‘Coons
6 x 9, 176 pp.
14 b&w photos.
Pub Date: 03/13/2002
Western Life
Price:        $14.95


Published by University of North Texas Press

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Cowboys, Cattle, Horses, Dogs, Cats, and ‘Coons

By John R. Erickson

Here under one cover are the collected writings of John R. Erickson about characters who have entered his life on the High Plains country of the Texas Panhandle. Erickson writes with authority about ranching and cowboying in the modern era, always with an eye for the humor of everyday incidents. Some of his friends are widely known, such as artist Ace Reid and noted fiddle player Frankie McWhorter. Others are cowboys who work the big ranches between the Canadian and Beaver Rivers. They share the stage with some of Erickson's four-legged friends: the Phantom Cow, Texie, the Incredible Burping Dog, an Arabian horse called Dandy, Callie the cat, and Eddy the raccoon.

John R. Erickson, born in Midland, Texas, and raised in the Texas Panhandle town of Perryton, is a fifth-generation Texan with ranching roots back to the 1850s. He graduated from the University of Texas and studied at the Harvard Divinity School, but made his living on horseback while pursuing his writing. His Hank the Cowdog series has become a national favorite. He and his wife run their own ranch and commercial beef cattle operation. A member of the Texas Institute of Letters, Erickson has been profiled in Southern Living, American Cowboy Magazine, and on CBS’s Evening News with Dan Rather. He is the author of seven books in UNT Press’s Western Life Series.

What Readers Are Saying:

“In this collection of stories, mostly humorous, occasionally sad, Erickson proves that the cowboy still survives with all the spirit and individuality that has been his trademark for nearly 150 years.” --Elmer Kelton

Friends includes examples of the two basic elements of West Texas humor, understatement and the practical joke.” --Victoria Advocate


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