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Rowdy Bandera was crazy about his horse Cactus. He bought her candy apples, and cowboy boots and fancy bows for her mane. ...
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e9  , ag drian  A  One sunny morning, Rowdy looked out his window and CACTUS WAS MISSING   Some dirty, low-down varmint mu...
age 10 Masee,  Rowdy ran into town to find the sheriff. But before he reached the sheriff s office, he saw Miss Odette sas...
Rowdy tried to imagine a varmint gettin  beautified.  That doesn t seem too likely,  he thought.
Rowdy spotted Earl Tweedle sitting by the five and dime.  Earl,  he called,  I m thinkin  a lousy, no-good varmint stole m...
e 10  , ag arlos  C  Earl thought very hard.  He probably went to the schoolhouse to read a book to kindee-gartners,  he s...
Rowdy tried to imagine a varmint reading to kindee-gartners. That didn t seem very likely either.
When Rowdy reached the sheriff s office, he found Josie Bucket doing a puzzle on the jailhouse steps.  Josie,  he said.  W...
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The only man in town without a critter was Hurricane Hicks. He was as scraggly as tumbleweed and meaner than a fire ant. H...
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Rowdy headed to Hurricane s shack. Sure enough, he found Cactus locked up in a cowpen. Tears were jumpin  our of her eyes ...
During the course of that hot, dusty afternoon, Rowdy surprised Hurricane with  a prairie dog,  an armadillo,  a horny toa...
a jackrabbit,  and a porcupine.   I don t like those critters,  growled Hurricane,  and you are not gettin  your horse bac...
The sun was setting and it was getting cold. Rowdy hugged Cactus and looked her right in the eye.  It s all my fault, girl...
A coyote howled in the distance.
Ka  or  ien  ne  ,a  ge  5  Before long, that coyote was circling the cowpen. Rowdy lit a fire. The coyote circled closer ...
Rowdy got a close look at the coyote. He was a scraggly as a buzzard and meaner than a case of chickenpox.  Wait a minute ...
He grabbed the coyote and dragged him snapping and fighting all the way to Hurricane s door. The coyote snarled at Hurrica...
When the coyote heard that, he rolled onto his back, happier than a tick on a dog.
So it all turned out . . . Jimmy  , age 5  Hurricane adopted the coyote and named him Dwayne.  Rowdy got Cactus back.
, ylie  0  a  1 ge  K  And Cactus . . .
was never left under the shade tree again.
Dom  inic,  age  12