Hank the Cowdog
I had a delightful time re-reading this book. It has been some years since I've followed the adventures of Hank the Cowdog. I received my copy of a first edition back in 1985 from the Great Grandmother who first discovered Hank and passed along the joys to me.
If you haven't read Hank yet, I hope that you'll give him a shot. He is, basically, a dog version of Barney Fife from the Andy Griffith Show. Hank is the narrator of the story and thinks he's pretty hot stuff. He is self entitled the Head of Ranch Security. No one else on the ranch seems to think as much of him and most find him to be a bit of an annoying goof. Hank never catches on. You can almost imagine Barney scurrying about trying to load his one bullet into his gun. If you like Don Knotts, I think you'll like Hank.
If you get a chance, John Erickson did all the voice work for the books on tape. I would HIGHLY recommend you listening to at least one book on tape to get a flavor for the voices/personalities that Erickson gives his characters. If you have a long car ride ahead of you, these tapes are excellent entertainment. My brother and I loved listening to them as I was growing up. Erickson does a fabulous job and adds songs which are hilarious -- kinda like Silly Songs With Larry (only better).
If nothing else, you'll at least get a whiff of my sense of humor by reading a Hank book (or two or twenty). Which could be scary. But hopefully enjoyable.