Once in the hills of the Ozarks lived a hound named Bufford. He
lived in a ten-story shack with his Father, Mother, ten brothers, and
twenty sisters. All of his family was white with black and brown spots.
Bufford also had black and brown spots, in addition to spots that were
green, pink, purple, and blue. This made him different and caused his
ten brothers and twenty sisters to make fun of him. He would get so mad
that he would fight all ten brothers at one time. His Father and Mother
would always send him to the tenth floor, which was the punishment
room. Nothing was in there but one wooden chair. And Bufford would sit
in this room for hours.
One morning as he was sitting under a shade tree; his Grandmother came
by on her daily route. She drove a bone truck and delivered bones to
Bufford's house everyday. This morning she had good news for him.
"Bufford," she said, I have something very exciting to tell you."
"What is it?" He asked, jumping up and down.
"A Boxing Manager is at Kitty Corner," she said.
"What does that mean?" He asked.
"Bufford," she said, "You can put a pretty good fight against your ten
brothers and twenty sisters. I think you could become a champion
"Well where is Kitty Corner?" He asked.
"You don't worry about that. I will take you there right now," she
Kitty corner was an old store that stood at a crossroads. An old cat
known as Mr. Kitty owned it. There were several big dogs wanting for
the Boxing Managers arrival. When Bufford stepped out of his
Grandmother's bone truck; all the other dogs started laughing at him.
Bufford became so angry that he whipped everyone of them.
A bright yellow winnie dog, with a green suit and derby, stepped out of
the store with a peppermint stick in his mouth. "Hey Kid! You can
really fight," he said."
"Who are you?" Bufford asked.
"I am Max," he said, "I am the Boxing Manager from New York City. Kid
if you come with me, I will make you a star."
Bufford kissed his Grandmother good-by. He told her to tell his Father,
Mother, ten brothers, and twenty sisters that he would be gone for a
while. He got into Max's red sport car and headed off to New York
When they arrived at the gym in New York City, Bufford saw that Max
also had ten brothers. Like Max they were Boxing Managers who wore
green suits and derbies. They also chewed on peppermint sticks. But
instead of being yellow they were brown. So like Bufford, Max was
different from his brothers. As they stepped inside the gym, Max's
brothers and the other boxers started laughing at them. One again
Bufford became so angry that he whipped every boxer in the gym.
As the weeks went by Bufford won all his matches. When his opponents
would see him, they would start laughing, and he would beat them up. It
wasn't long until Bufford and Max were headed for England to face the
World Champion, Bulldog Bowser.
The night of the fight Bufford and Max entered the are arena, and all
the fans started laughing at them. Even the Referee, who was a long
armed monkey laughed. But the crowd became quite when Bulldog Bowser
entered the ring. He was gigantic bulldog, four times bigger than
Bufford. He was solid brown, except for the black ring around his eye.
Around his waist he wore the shiny silver championship belt.
When he stepped into the ring, the gigantic bulldog started laughing at
Bufford. Bulldog Bowser laughed so hard; he did not hear the bell ring
to star the fight. As a matter of fact Bulldog Bowser laughed so hard
that he fell out of the ring. The Referee started counting,
"1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10." The bell rang a second time to end the
Bufford had become World Champion without throwing a punch. The shiny
silver belt was so heavy that the Referee had to help Bufford and Max
Bufford returned to the Ozarks a hero, and no one ever laughed at him