The Sun Bulletin
Love, Toil and Trail
Alaska, 9/16: The frozen solid ice broke with a distressed crack. The men and the dogs fell through before anyone could react. Buck's poor mates fell to their misfortune. During the fall, John Thornton claims that he said to Hal, "The bottom's likely to drop out any minute. Only fools, with the blind luck of fools, could make it." Evidently, John Thornton saw the danger ahead and freed Buck before they continued. As the ice broke Buck and John Thornton witnessed the sled fall in surprise, only thankful that Buck escaped as soon as he did.
As we know, Buck was taken to Alaska to join a sled team and find gold. Through those cold days, Buck faced many experiences and hardships, but in the midst of it all, Buck had found the love of a human, John Thornton. After many cold days and nights, the men's love burnt out. Possibly from the snow or perhaps from the cruel circumstances. The men that traveled there slowly have had their heart turn into stone, and their nature they show towards their pack makes them reflect just the same. Buck faced the men and the snow and became courageous, bold and a leader with a soft heart.
Though Buck is thankful to have been freed, later this year he hopes to be able to join the wild again.
Buck answers our questions and inspires us to believe in our values...
Do you agree that the people leading the sled team were careless?
Most men were filled with greed, sometimes even taking a risk was at fault. "He had learned well the law of club and fang, and he never forewent an advantage or drew back from a foe he had started on the way to death." I doubt they ever thought about how we as a team, the ones working, felt about them. They hurt us for their own "success". Once you're there, almost everyone is ready to hurt you so they quench their greed. Remaining strong and courageous is the only resort.
One day, do you hope to join the wild?
Yes, one day I do. Sometimes I feel like there is something out there, calling me. I feel reconnected to my roots because of these experiences. I am "Guided by that instinct which came from the old hunting days of the primordial world." All good and bad ones. Sometimes I feel like there are ties holding me back, but I know one day I will rejoin the wild.
Do any of the lessons you learned impact humans too?
I think that no matter who you are, you always need courage and bravery. Also connecting to your roots always makes you who you are. Friendship and pride are the roots of my success . Values are always what makes up someone's individuality. Answering to who you really are makes the difference.
"In the main, they were the wild wolf husky breed. Every night, regularly, at nine, at twelve, at three, they lifted a nocturnal song, a weird and eerie chant, in which it was Buck's delight to join."
Is primitivity incompatible to love?
Primitivity and love may seem like two different things from my perspective. In California, I had no reason to show my primitivity because I was given everything I wanted and I never had to fight for what I needed. In California, I "had lived the life of a sated aristocrat." In Alaska, I had to fight for my needs. Love played a major part all of this. Without love for freedom, I wouldn't have connected with my past. My primitive cry was once described as, "a roar that was almost lionlike in its ferocity"
What was something you learned during this time?
The main things I learned were courage and leadership. "For the pride of trace and trail was hid, and sick unto death, he could not bear that another dog should do his work."
These two will definitely be something I will remember all my life. They helped me reach my primitivity and become my own individual. It took a life-changing event but I realized how important they are.
in loving memory
Dave, a perseverant dog, died in honor of his job. From the time he was brought to Alaska, to the time he departed, he was performing his duty as a sled dog. Dave had a wise heart. He was a mentor to Buck, a dog on the sled team. From the moment a harness was put on him, a new life entered him. He was close to the sled when placed in the team and put his work over everything else. Sadly, even his own health.
The men who ran the team knew there was something amiss about Dave, but they couldn't comprehend it. Towards the end, Dave continued to grow sick. He had pride in what he did and refused to leave the traces. His wish was to die pulling the sled. He died by a bullet, in order to end his distress. Dave is still survived in the memories of his mates, by the men who ran the sled team, and his previous owners. Dave was a priceless asset to the team.