Yukon Times

Edition 1, Volume 1

Yeehat People, Two men, and Sled Dogs Found Dead at Camp

Recently, two men, a group of people from the Yeehat Tribe, and several sled dogs have been found dead at a camp in the far reaches of the Northland.

The culprit of these murders is unknown, but some remaining members of the Yeehat tribe claim that a single "Ghost Dog" that roams the land is responsible, and the description of this dog is shockingly aki the description of Buck, a well-known local sled dog.

Buck is a large St. Bernard wolf hybrid, and is the ideal dog for pulling a sled. He was originally brought up from California and since his new upbringing as a sled dog has worked and become known in various towns across the North.

Buck became better known when his now deceased owner, John Thornton, made and won a seemingly impossible bet that Buck could pull 1000 lbs of flour by himself. Through this feat he showed his willingness to work and push against challenges.

Moving forward with the investigation, it has become found that although the two men and sled dogs seemed to have been killed by the Yeehat Tribe, all of the Yeehat people at the site seemed to have had their throats torn by a large dog or wolf.

Unlikely as it seems, Buck may very well be the culprit of these murders, as his physical description and bond with John Thornton would make him the ideal suspect.

Regardless of whether Buck is the culprit or not, there's one thing that everyone agrees on: Buck is now free to roam and has unobstructed paths to all areas of the Northland.

Exclusive Interview with Buck

For a few hours between hunting time one day, we got a chance to catch up with and interview the famous sled dog, Buck.

Below is an excerpt from our interview with the canine celebrity:

Samuel: How did your freedom change over the course of your life?

Buck: Early on, my freedoms were severely limited while working for Francois and Perrault. However, as time passed and I was transferred from owner to owner until I was finally united with John Thornton, I gained significant freedom first from Spitz after I killed him and then from mastery in general once John Thornton passed.

Samuel: So, how did you find motivation to persevere?

Buck: At first I had a hard time, as I was stuck in a shocked state being taken from California so immediately. However, as time went on and I learned about the treacherous environment I was in my main motivation to persevere was to stay alive.

Samuel: How did the idea of perseverance affect your freedom?

Buck: By persevering and fighting for survival for as long as I did, I realized that through persevering and being motivated to overcome any challenge that comes your way, one can achieve whatever they like, for example freedom in my case.

Samuel: How did the idea of loyalty play a role in your life in the North?

Buck: At first, being loyal for me meant helping me to survive in the harsh environment, however, later on I realized that in general a dog's loyalty is a restriction on its freedom.

Samuel: How did John Thornton's death make you feel?

Buck: Originally, I was overwhelmed with anger and grief, as the very notion of him dying was shocking for me. However, after I got over my first blast of emotion, I realized that in John Thornton's death the final restrictions on my freedom were lifted and I did not have to be loyal to or obey anybody except myself, and I was free at last.

John Thornton - An Untimely Passing

During the tragic campsite murder that recently occurred, Buck's latest owner, the good man John Thornton, perished. John Thornton was of unknown age, and nobody, with the exception of himself, his companions, and Buck could describe him physically. Thornton lived travelling across the Northland, searching for wealth like the so many others currently there. Although a generally unknown character, it can be said with certainty that he loved and respected dogs. He leaves behind a legacy of kindness and caring for animals as aforementioned, and his legacy also includes being Buck's savior, as when Buck was being led towards death by other sled owners, Thornton intervened to save Buck's life. He will be missed dearly by every man who worked with him, his family, Buck, as well as other prospectors who all will be wishing that he may find new life in death.