By John R. Erickson
In the summer time of 1979 John Erickson realized that Lawrence Ellzey used to be searching for a ranch hand. “Lawrence and his son Tom had a cow/calf and yearling operation situated on Wolf Creek, a few twenty-five miles southeast of Perryton, Texas, and that i was once drawn to the task. there have been many features I well known within the Ellzey kin, however the one that certain us such a lot heavily jointly used to be our love of ranch lifestyles, in all its varieties and expressions: the great thing about a sundown on Wolf Creek; the adjustments within the climate; satisfaction in horses and horsemanship; an unending interest concerning the land and the bizarre behavior of animals; and such a lot of all, work.”
This e-book comes from the journals Erickson stored in the course of his years as an LZ cowboy. He has regularly saved journals of his ranch paintings, many of the fabric getting used for evidence and information of Panhandle Cowboy, The glossy Cowboy and Cowboy Country . A moment studying of his LZ journals after a twelve-year lapse confident Erickson that those tales didn't have to be rewritten and shouldn’t be. they're offered because the “log of a cowboy,” to borrow a time period from Andy Adams—how it felt to be a cowboy within the Texas Panhandle within the years 1979–1981: the snow, the dust, the farm animals drives, the pranks, the injuries, the apparatus, the horses, the frustrations, the triumphs.
Hank the Cowdog readers will realize names, destinations, and incidents from the Hank sequence: Tuerto, Drover, Casey the Bronc, the laptop shed, the calf shed, the ailing pen, and the gasoline tanks. excessive Loper, Sally could, and slender have been initially patterned after Tom Ellzey, Janet Ellzey and Erickson himself.