Scratching at the delicacy of the outdoors in five highly sympathetic fictions. In ""Teddy: The Story of a Bear,"" a circus animal escapes to the forest, notes that his conditioned responses no longer assure meals and attention; ironically, he must throw off his human habits and follow his instincts. ""A Quiet Morning"" features the jagged friendship of two youngsters fishing in a forsaken pool, the more timid forced to rescue his sharp-tongued companion; realizing the other's panicked grip will drown them both, he kicks his friend away to protect his own life, cries in grateful relief when he discovers they both survive. The title story follows a blind-from-birth hound of almost tragic dignity as he experiences innumerable mishaps, briefly develops a moving interdependency with a compassionate doctor until his faulty vision finally leads him to his death. Moody and tending to anthropomorphism but the prose is strong and Bradford Holland's allusive drawings are captivating.