Cowpoke Clydeâ€™s house was completely cleanâ€”heâ€™d even shooed off the horseflies: â€śThen right behind his cookinâ€™ pot, / he spied one thing heâ€™d plumb forgot: / olâ€™ Dawg, his faithful, snorinâ€™ friend, / all caked with mud from end to end.â€ť Needless to say, Dawg wakes up and runs. The chase that followsâ€”with page-turn surprisesâ€”makes 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. Austinâ€™s expressive acrylic and colored-pencil caricatures of Cowpoke Clyde and his menagerie are priceless. A storytime shoo-in!