REDDY FOOLS BOWSER THE HOUND
WAY across the Green Meadows and up the hill through the
Green Forest raced Reddy Fox at the top of his speed.
Behind him, nose to the ground, came Bowser the Hound,
baying at the top of his lungs. Reddy ran along an old
stone wall and jumped as far out into the field as he
"I guess that will fool him for a while," panted Reddy,
as he sat down to get his breath.
When Bowser came to the place where Reddy had jumped on
the stone wall, he just grinned.
"That's too old a trick to fool me one minute," said
Bowser to himself, and he just made a big circle, so
that in a few minutes he had found Reddy's tracks
Every trick that Reddy had heard old Granny Fox tell
about he tried, in order to fool Bowser the Hound, but
it was of no use at all. Bowser seemed to know exactly
what Reddy was doing, and wasted no time.
Reddy was beginning to get worried. He was getting
dreadfully out of breath. His legs ached. His big,
plumey tail, of which he is very, very proud, had
become dreadfully heavy. Granny Fox had warned him
never, never to run into the snug house they had dug
unless he was obliged to save his life, for that would
tell Bowser the Hound where they lived, and then they
would have to move.
How Reddy did wish that wise old Granny Fox would come
to his relief. He was running along the back of Farmer
brown's pasture, and he could hear Bowser the Hound
altogether too near for comfort. He looked this way and
he looked that way for a chance to escape. Just ahead
of him he saw a lot of woolly friends. They were Farmer
Brown's sheep. Reddy had a bright idea. Like a flash he
sprang on the back of one of the sheep. It frightened
the sheep as badly as Reddy had been frightened, when
Jimmy Skunk had landed on him that morning.
"Baa, baa, baa!" cried the sheep and started to run.
Reddy hung on tightly, and away they raced across the
Now Bowser the Hound trusts wholly to his nose to
follow Reddy Fox or Peter Rabbit or his master, Farmer
Brown's boy. So he did not see Reddy jump on the back
of the sheep, and, of course, when he reached the place
where Reddy had found his strange horse, he was
puzzled. Round and round, and round and round Bowser
worked in a circle, but no trace of Reddy could he
And all the time Reddy sat behind the stone wall on the
far side of the pasture, getting his wind and laughing
and laughing at the smart way in which he had fooled
Bowser the Hound.
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