||Six people who have lost their dogs to the call of the wild get together regularly to try to entice them back home. The dogs are in danger since they went feral, preying on sheep farms and wreaking havoc, but the chances of getting them back seem slim. Each dog--and its human owner--has a story, and as the humans grow more intimate with each other, new alliances develop. Alice, whose boyfriend sent her dog into the woods, moves in with a man who studies wolf packs, and they fall in love. And Lily, who is brain-damaged and emotionally scarred and lost her dog because she couldn't care for it, mysteriously disappears. Helen Humphreys is an award-winning Canadian poet and fiction writer.
||When her dog joins a feral pack after being abandoned by her boyfriend, Alice and five companions gather in the evenings by the edge of a forest, trying to call the dogs back into domesticity, in a tale that traces the experiences of each former dog owner and finds Alice moving to a cabin and falling in love with a wildlife biologist. Reader's Guide included. Reprint.
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||Alice's boyfriend abandons her dog, which joins a feral pack. Every evening, Alice and five others gather at the forest's edge, trying to call their dogs back. Most have similar tales of jealousy or vengeance enacted upon them through their dogs: Jamie is rebelling against his stepfather; Lily, who has suffered brain damage, is considered irresponsible. Becoming more deeply involved, Alice moves out to a cabin on land owned by Malcolm, one of the group, whose motives in having her there are suspicious. As she falls in love with the wildlife biologist whose wolf has gained lead of the pack, she feels the tug between love's wild power and her desire to domesticate it. After a tragic accident, all members of the group must rethink their lives and find their places in an untamed world. Wild Dogs strips away the conventions of love and passion to reveal deeper, richer truths. Reading group guide included.