Adapting is the Key to Surviving
If you were torn away from your family, life, family, and everything that was ever familiar to you, and got thrown into horrible, life threatening situations? A spoiled housedog from Santa Clara Valley, Buck, is treated like a king by his great home and master. Life is great until the day a housekeeper with bad gambling addiction needs money, ruins it all. In “Call of the Wild”, one of many lessons taught is that anyone or thing can be taken from its surroundings and thrown into a harsh world where anybody must learn how to survive. Buck, the main character, has two choices of: Endure and adapt to the ruthless, and savage world he is now governed by, or become a name that is forgotten, and unable to pull himself above the water when the rapids come down on him. His life starts to change in a rush and he must use everything he’s got, to adapt in order to obtain what he doesn’t have. Eventually instincts start to replace the rules, and the wild starts to become more friendly than savage. After days of travel on both train and boat, to a place much different from his home, he has to “learn the ropes” of his new world, and conform to its rules. On his journey to the Yukon, Buck is stopped in Seattle where he meets a man in a red sweater that taught him the first rope, “The law of the club”; which teaches Buck to obey and fear. Buck discovers that he rapidly needs to learn to conform to the laws of the primitive new world. For example, he encounters problems, like how to work as a member of a dog team pulling a sled, how to burrow into a hole in the snow in which to sleep for more warmth, how to survive horrible hunger pains, and how to rely on his intelligence and his animal instincts.
Buck's next master is a Scotch half-breed; the man is fair, but he works Buck almost beyond endurance, so much so that on a difficult run against extremely harsh conditions, most of the other dogs are used to the wild elements. Buck survives...
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