A gripping tale of a heroic dog that, thrust into the brutal life of the Alaska Gold Rush, ultimately faces a choice between living in man's world and returning to nature
The year 1890 brought the great Klondike Gold Rush. Strong sled dogs were in high demand to drag thousands of people across the frozen arctic in search of the yellow metal. It didn’t much matter to people where the dogs came from, just so long as they came. Buck was a large powerful St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd. He lived a happy, pampered life on a ranch in Santa Clara Valley, California until he was stolen, shoved in a crate, and shipped off. He is sold to a pair of French-Canadian dispatchers from the Canadian government, who take him with them to the Klondike, and train him as a sled dog. Buck quickly learns to survive cold winter nights and the pack society. Buck wins a fight with the vicious lead dog of the team, and becomes the team lead himself. The team is then sold to a mail and shipping company and must carry heavy loads to the mining areas. The journeys they make are tiresome and long and the team is worked ragged. One of the team, a big husky named Dave, becomes sick and is eventually shot. Tonight we join the story now at the end of the teams last run from the mines.
Book: The Call of the Wild Author: Jack London