One day as Scout was wandering about in the back yard enjoying the sun and exploring, he put his head through the hedge. Suddenly he started. Right beside him were the legs and tattered boots of an evil-smelling man who was standing on the other side of the hedge studying the house.
The man was startled too when the German shepherd’s head came poking through the hedge. He aimed a hard kick at the dog’s nose, but Scout was too quick for him. Scout wasn’t afraid of the man; he bared his teeth and growled.
Then the man suddenly changed his behaviour. He bent forward toward Scout, clucking his tongue and patting his leg. “Here, boy! Come here. Good boy! Look what I’ve got for you.” From his pocket he pulled a chunk of meat and held it out to Scout looking for adventure but fighting for his very life.