The talking cowboy (PG)
A Cowboy said to a Rancher, 'Is that your dog?'
The Rancher replied, 'Yup.'
'Mind if I talk to him?'
'Durn fool, don't you know dogs don't talk?'
The Cowboy replied, 'So what's the harm? May I?'
'Go right ahead.' The Cowboy said to the dog, 'Howdy!'
The dog replied, 'Hello.' The Rancher's eyes pop wide.
The Cowboy continued, 'Is this your master?'
'Yep, he sure is.'
'Does he treat you alright?'
'Sure does. Every day he takes me for a walk, he feeds me all kinds of great food, and once a week he takes me to the lake to play.' Rancher was dumbfounded.
The Cowboy said to the Rancher, 'Is that your horse over there?'
'Do you mind if I talk to him?'
The Rancher replied, 'I know the dog spoke to you, but I know for a fact that horses can't talk.'
'Well, then what would it hurt?'
'Go right ahead.'
The Cowboy said to the horse, 'Hello.'
The Horse replied, 'Hello.' The Rancher stood there with his jaw wide open.
The Cowboy asked, 'Is that your owner?'
'Yup, sure is.'
'He treat you okay?'
'Sure, he rides me every day, brushes me down at the end of the day, and he keeps me in the barn away from the elements.'
'Sounds good.' The Cowboy then asked the Rancher, 'Are those your sheep over there?'
The Rancher is horrified and stammers, 'Them sheep out there, they're nothing but a bunch of liars!'
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