One day, Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys[sup]TM[/sup] was a sittin’ on the porch of the Double R Bar[sup]TM[/sup] ranch house, a sippin’ a cup of coffee, and admirin’ his new boots, which he had just polished, after a long days work on range. As you can imagine, that was a fine pair of cowboy boots, what with Roy bein’ King of the Cowboys[sup]TM[/sup] and all. They were tan leather, hand tooled, with silver and turquoise beading, and dyed in patterns of the Wide Open Range[sup]TM[/sup] such as any cowboy might want. And Roy, he was as pleased, and content as any cowboy might be seein’ as just that very day, he had got those boots just perfectly broke in, and now they were softly gleamin’ in the sunset, from the fine polish he had just put on them.
At that very moment, much to Roy’s surprise, a mountain lion jumped down off the roof of the Double R Bar[sup]TM[/sup] ranch house, snatched up one of those boots, and lit out, hightailin’ it for the horizon! Now Roy was surprised, it’s true, but he didn’t loose a minute getting’ Trigger[sup]TM[/sup] saddled up, and takin’ off after that wiley beast. Now, I suppose Roy could have shot that critter, what with him being armed with a Colt Peacemaker, and him being King of the Cowboys[sup]TM[/sup] and all. But the fact is that Roy always was a tenderhearted fellah, and he would just rather not shoot anything, even a varmint. So, he tracked him.
Now Roy hadn’t given the varmint much of a head start, but he still had to keep his eyes on the ground, and on the horizon, and, well, truth be told, the Double R Bar[sup]TM[/sup] has a good bit of rocky ground on it. Roy tracked that cat all day, and into the night, and he couldn’t find him. Late that night he came home, to the Double R Bar[sup]TM[/sup] ranch house, and there sittin’ in Nellibell[sup]TM[/sup], his trusty jeep, sat Gabby Hayes himself, Roy’s Trusty Sidekick[sup]TM[/sup]. Just as Roy rode up, Gabby pointed over his shoulder, and said “Look!”
As Roy turned, he saw the same lion, with just a tiny scrap of tooled leather with silver beading on it hangin’ out of his mouth. Gabby looked too, and he asked Roy,
Wait for it.
“Pardon me, Roy, is that the cat that chewed your new shoe?”