Mr. Robert's dog, Toddy, is a coon hound—that is to say, a dog specially bred to hunt raccoons. According to Mr. Robert, back in the day, he was just about the best coon hunter around. But Toddy's glory days as a hunting dog are well and truly over. As well as being too old, Toddy's heart just isn't in it any more.
And no wonder, when you consider what happened to him a few years back. As Mr. Robert tells Dad, Kenny, and Byron, poor old Toddy almost drowned one day while chasing a raccoon in the river. The raccoon pulled Toddy underwater, and the dog got into such serious trouble that he would surely have drowned had Mr. Robert not come to his rescue.
Mr. Robert bravely dived into the water and somehow managed to pull Toddy to safety. Once he got him on dry land, he proceeded to give the dog mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Not the most pleasant of thoughts, perhaps, but it certainly did the trick. Toddy was saved, though his career as a coon dog was now very much at an end. In any case, Kenny and Byron are very impressed by Mr. Robert's exciting story.