Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds

A Hickory Doc’s Tale

by Linda Harkey & Illustrated by Mike Minick



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/5/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 48
ISBN : 9781480873162
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 48
ISBN : 9781480873155

About the Book

Doc is the oldest and wisest of five hunting dogs at the Lazy Dog Hacienda. He’s expected to keep the rest of the pack in line, especially during hunting trips. But things get interesting when the Great One (our hunter) adds a new animal into the mix.


Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds shares a humorous story depicting the relationships between horses, cowbirds, and hunting dogs. Geared toward first through third grade readers, this young reader’s book helps children improve their reading skills while providing knowledge about animals, nature, and life lessons.


“These hunting dogs jump off the page and come to life through Linda’s tales of their adventures as they face challenges in life. I am a second-grade teacher in Eagle Nest, New Mexico, and I also organize our public library summer reading program. Linda’s stories engaged our students in the lives of these dogs, sparking great discussions and learning activities about character development, sequencing, and elements of the story. One student brought a stuffed puppy dog named after Zeke to join the fun every week.”

—Cindy Carr, NBCT

“A lovable bird dog points the way to outdoor fun in the country in this children’s book……A sweet slice of rural American canine life.” 

—Kirkus Review

“The Hickory Doc’s Tales book series is always a thrilling adventure by an author who writes from the heart.”

—Sondra Mullins, Gilcrease Museum Docent

About the Author

Linda Harkey is a former teacher and museum docent. She is an enthusiastic hunting dog owner for more than thirty years. She has two children, three grandchildren, and lives with her husband, Mike, on Ocate Mesa outside of Angel Fire, New Mexico. She is the author of The Budding Staff, Hickory Doc’s Tales, and The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow.


Mike Minick earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma. He owns a creative studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Minick and his wife Joey have two children.