Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

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July 28, 2014
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Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch 7-28-14

Gentle readers, I came across a really neat human intrest story and wanted to sharing with y’all.

I intend no malace towards anyone in this story which is a true story. Here we go ... it appears we have the arresting police officer on the witness stand being drilled by the defendant’s lawyer.

“Officer, when did you first come in contact with my client?”

“Well, when I arrived on the scene of the alleged offence, I spotten him about a half block away,” was the officer’s answer.

Lawyer, “And what made you think that my client was the person you were looking for?”

“From a description of a reliable witness,” says the officer.

Lawyer, “And who was this reliable witness that gave you this imformation?”

Officer, “It was the first responding officer on the scene.”

Lawyer, “Officer, let me ask you a question ... when you report for duty, isn’t it true that you officers have a locker room where you leave some of your valuables under lock and key before you go on duty?”

Officer, “Yes, that’s correct.”

Lawyer, “So now I am to assume that you don’t trust your fellow officers not to steal from you, but you would take his word as the truth when it came to giving you a description of my client a half block away?”

Officer, “No, actually, I do trust my fellow officers. The reason we put our valuables under lock and key is because on occasion a lawyer will come through our locker room!”

The judge, jury and all present got a good “laff” out of the best response ever!

On a sadder note, I had to put down Clancy, THE WONDER DOG, yesterday. It was heartbreaking as I had never had a dog that was so, reliable, loyal, protective and just fun to be around. He was an 11-year-old German Sheppard and his hips had completely given out where he could not stay on his feet.

I have had really good dogs before and you may recall that in my cartoon panel called “Hoots from the O-NO Ranch,” featured in this paper, I feature a dog called Beulah. She was a really good dog and when she had to be put down I decided to keep her alive in my cartoon panel.

Dogs and I suppose cats, can be very special when you take the time to interact with them. It took me years to learn that our pets can almost be human if given the opportunity.

I will miss Clancy a lot. I didn’t any more than get him buried and then found myself looking around for him as he was always by my side. If he was not by my side he was going around the corrals, the perimeter of our house and yard pulling guard duty. He was even trying to do that the last couple of days and I could see how difficult it was for him, but to him, that was his job and he was going to do it. If there is a heaven for dogs, he surly is there havin’ a grand ol’ time.

Time does march on and one of these days I will be like ol’ Clancy unable to get around and I’m thinking I just might like to be put down instead of sit in a wheel chair all day droolin’ down my shirt. Maybe, maybe not?

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and do your best to be a good citizen and a good AMERICAN! I’ll c y’all, all y’all. ❖

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