History Literature / HankTheCowdog

16th May '18 1:10:56 PM HeroGal2347
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* ThisIsntHeaven: At the end of “The One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse”, Hank faces Tuerto, faints, and the next chapter shows him in Heaven, surrounded by two angels. He then sees Sally May and believes he’s in the other places. [[spoiler:He didn’t die. The angels were Little Alfred’s cousins and Sally May scared off Tuerto with her gun]].

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* ThisIsntHeaven: At the end of “The One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse”, Hank faces Tuerto, faints, gets knocked out, and the next chapter shows him in Heaven, surrounded by two angels. He then sees Sally May and believes he’s in the other places. [[spoiler:He didn’t die. The angels were Little Alfred’s cousins and Sally May scared off Tuerto with her gun]].
15th May '18 10:09:28 AM GameMaster
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* ThisIsntHeaven: At the end of “The One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse”, Hank faces Tuerto, faints, and the next chapter shows him in Heaven, surrounded by two angels. He then sees Sally May and believes he’s in the other places. [[spoiler:He didn’t die. The angels were Little Alfred’s cousins and Sally May scared off Tuerto with her gun]].
10th May '18 6:42:30 PM MrMediaGuy2
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* HellishHorse: Tuerto the titular "one-eyed killer stud horse" of Book 8, who speaks with a Mexican accent and seems to get an unhealthy amount of enjoyment from trampling dogs and small children.
24th Apr '18 8:04:17 PM HeroGal2347
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* AdultFear:
** Several books have instances of children getting into realistic danger, such as Little Alfred nearly being bitten by a rattlesnake (''Faded Love''), his cousins Amy and Ashley almost being attacked by a rampaging stallion (''The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse'') and Little Alfred falling through the ice (''The Christmas Turkey Disaster'').
** In ''Slim's Goodbye'', the cattle market becomes very lean, and Slim takes off, thinking Loper can't afford to keep him on and not wanting to be a burden. He gets stopped midway to his destination thanks to a number of illegal things about his pickup and winds up having to set up shop in the local town. He even thinks for a little while he'll have to live out of his pickup (not that the place he ends up getting is very impressive either).
24th Apr '18 7:47:49 PM HeroGal2347
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* MamaBear: Sally May, mother of Little Alfred and Baby Molly. Unfortunately, Hank is quite often the target of her scorn for "corrupting" her children. Still, more than once she's stood up to some pretty serious dangers to keep her kids safe.

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Sally May, mother of Little Alfred and Baby Molly. Unfortunately, Hank is quite often the target of her scorn for "corrupting" her children. Still, more than once she's stood up to some pretty serious dangers to keep her kids safe.


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* MeaningfulName: Tuerto, the eponymous equine from ''The Case of the One-Eyed Killer Stud Horse''. "Tuerto" means "one-eyed". It's even more appropriate because a Spanish idiom for having bad luck is being seen by a one-eyed person, and anyone who runs into Tuerto without a weapon is pretty unlucky.
9th Apr '18 12:30:31 PM HeroGal2347
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* DrawAggro: In "The Case of the One-eyed Killer Stud Horse", Hank gets Tuerto's attention so Little Alfred's cousins Amy and Ashley can get to safety. He originally plans to do this in such a way that he can stay out of Tuerto's range, but when the horse says he wants the girls, Hank goes for the jugular.
13th Mar '18 11:40:34 AM Triscon42
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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: In ''The Case of the Double Bumblebee Sting" (#22), the local Vet explains that snake-bitten dogs develop an immunity to the venom. "Next time he gets bit, he won't get so sick".
-->'''Sally May''': ''Next time?'' You don't think he's learned his lesson from this?
-->'''Vet''': (Laughs) No, they never learn. Sometimes they go back to the same place and the same snake, [[HereWeGoAgain do it all over again]]. Until the snake either moves out, or dies from exhaustion.
** [[spoiler: Which Hank does at the end of the book. Thankfully, the Vet was right about the immunity]].



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Hank is terrified of, appropriately enough, snakes.

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Hank is terrified of, appropriately enough, snakes. Lucky for him, he's got an immunity to rattlesnake venom since the events of Book #22 (The Case of the Double Bumblebee Sting).
3rd Mar '18 9:23:11 AM HeroGal2347
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* GuileHero: Hank likes to think he's this, but more often than not his schemes blow up in his face. He has his moments though, such as in "''Murder in the Middle Pasture''" when he escaped a nasty situation involving a Gang of stray dogs and the Coyotes by goading them into fighting each other.

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* GuileHero: Hank likes to think he's this, but more often than not his schemes blow up in his face. He has his moments though, such as in "''Murder in the Middle Pasture''" when he escaped a nasty situation involving a Gang of stray dogs and the Coyotes by goading them into fighting each other. He repeats the trick in ''Every Dog Has His Day'' by siccing Rip and Snort onto Rufus the Dobermann.


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* WouldRatherSuffer: In ''The Case of the Prowling Bear'', Wallace the Buzzard says he'd rather sit on a cactus than say "thank you."
16th Sep '17 7:18:21 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ExtremeOmniGoat: The story ''The Case of the Dancing Cowboy'' (which was originally serialized in newspapers and later released via audio, but not in a printed form) has Drover mentioning how he once knew a goat who "ate tin cans and ketchup bottles''. (And rose bushes.) Hank doesn't believe a word of it.
6th Jun '17 6:55:22 PM HeroGal2347
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* PlatonicDeclarationOfLove: In ''The Garbage Monster From Outer Space'', Sally May has declared that she plans to give Hank away after he runs away and is ultimately discovered rooting around in some garbage cans. Little Alfred tries to make a deal with her. When it fails, Alfred bursts into tears and says Hank is his friend and he loves him. Sally May relents, although she warns Hank about getting into any more trouble.
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