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Theory:

     When they had finished, Tricki took a walk round the shining bowls, licking casually inside one or two of them. Next day, an extra bowl was put out for him and I was pleased to see him jostling his way towards it.
 
     From then on, his progress was rapid. He had no medicinal treatment of any kind but all day he ran about with the dogs, joining in their friendly scrimmages. He discovered the joys of being bowled over, tramped on and squashed every few minutes. He became an accepted member of the gang, an unlikely, silky little object among the shaggy crew, fighting like a tiger for his share at mealtimes and hunting rats in the old henhouse at night. He had never had such a time in his life.
Explanation:
 
When the dogs finished eating, Tricki strolled around gazing at the empty, shiny bowls and licked a few of them. It indicated that he was cured and was ready to consume meals again, unlike during his ill period. This brings out two things.
 
Tricki had returned to a healthy state and expressed a need for more food. The narrator noticed Tricki's activities closely. As a result, an extra bowl was placed for Tricki the next day, and the narrator was pleased to see him racing for his bowl. Tricki had begun to improve at a rapid rate. Since Tricki was so active, the narrator gave him additional food; he continued to play and run with the other dogs, unlike at Mrs. Pumphrey's place.
 
The narrator's guess was right, and his unusual treatment of Tricki worked out. Without using any medications on Tricki, the narrator could clearly see how his health was improving at a quick pace. Tricki also began playing with the other dogs throughout the day. Tricki loved playing with the dogs and would be bowled over, tramped on, and squeezed every few minutes.
 
All of the other dogs accepted him as a member of the family. Despite becoming lean and smooth, he used to fight with his other dogs, who were much larger than him, for his meals. He'd also hunt rats inside the henhouse at night. He was having a great time because he had never done anything like this before, and the narrator's hospital environment had provided him with a lot of satisfaction, despite the lack of luxury compared to Mrs. Pumphrey's house.
  
Meaning of difficult words:
  
S. No.
Words
Meaning
1.
TrampTo travel or wander on foot
2.
SquashTo crash something
3.
RapidQuick or fast
4.
ShaggyThick and untidy
5.
CrewA group of people who work together
6.
Reverently With deep respect or honour
7.
ScrimmageStruggle or fight
Reference:
Reference:
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2008). Honeydew. A Triumph of Surgery - James Herriot (pp 1-6). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.