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Wild Dogs

por Helen Humphreys

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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.… (mais)
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Alice has lost her dog, Hawk. Alice’s boyfriend has taken the dog and dumped her in a wood behind a farm where a pack of wild dogs is known to roam. When Alice goes to the field to call for Hawk to return to her, she encounters five other souls who have lost their dogs to the pack. A loose bond forms between these six people who stand on the edge of the woods night after night calling their dogs home, and it is their stories that drive this novel.

As Alice looks back upon the events of the summer and attempts to deal with her feelings for one of the other dog owners, she says:

It is impossible to fully inhabit a moment again. That is part of the inherent sorrow of life. This can never be that. I can never really let you know how much I felt for you that August afternoon.

So much of this novel is about those fleeting moments, the ones in which we might have touched a person or affected their lives; the moments in which we are touched or affected ourselves. And it is about the love we feel for an animal that we think would never desert us, but has; or perhaps a person who we thought would, but doesn’t.

Each of these people is carrying the load of being unusual, abused, frightened, or just alone. Each of them is clinging to the memory of their animal, as we cling to the unconditional love of a pet, particularly if we have not known love of any other kind.

It’s like you’ve got your foot in a door and for a while you can keep the door open, but the door just gets heavier and heavier against your foot and eventually it closes shut on you. There was one day when I couldn’t keep my foot in that door any more. There was one day when I no longer believed the dogs would come back and that one last day shut out all the other days when I did believe.

Trusting one another or even themselves is impossible.

I have been betrayed so many times that, of course, it is what I know and what I will eventually do myself. Never trust anyone who has been betrayed. Betrayal never loses its edge, never really goes away.

This is a short novel, only 185 pages, and I read it in one sitting. I had no desire to pull away from it. I felt so attached to the dogs and the people. I wanted the happily ever after ending. What I got was a strong sense of what it is to be lonely, misunderstood, mistreated, betrayed and what it feels like to suddenly realize you are not the only person dealing with those realities. Helen Humphrey is a masterful writer and this is a powerful book.
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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Damn fine book, full of surprises, and always at a bit of a slant. Humphreys manages to write about a diverse collection of people (and dogs), all intertwined, as individuals. Each of these people is alone in a way that anyone secretly recognizes. After all, we all live alone. Here, in this slightly surreal book, this is made manifest in a way I've never quite seen before. Certain revelations seem to tear the narrative open-- and then you realize, no, this changes nothing. This is a book not quite like any other. You should read it. ( )
  AnnKlefstad | Feb 4, 2022 |
The last book I read was so disappointing that I headed to my bookshelf to find a book that I knew would be good. This book was more than good; it is a superb work of literature. Helen Humphreys you never disappoint me.

Six people who have had dogs go missing go to an area where a dog pack has been seen every night for weeks. They are a disparate group and would normally never have any contact with each other. But the loss of their dogs has united them and some form close bonds. Alice is the first narrator; her dog, Hawk, was dumped off in the area by her boyfriend without her knowledge. She left the boyfriend but hasn't been able to get Hawk back. She's been sleeping in her car since she hasn't been able to find a place she can afford on her wages as a gas station clerk. One of the other people in the group, Malcolm, offers her the use of a cabin on his property. It is very basic with no electricity or running water but Alice likes it. And then Alice falls in love with another group member who she doesn't name but she addresses all her thoughts to this person. I assumed all during this portion that the person Alice fell in love with was a man but, in fact, it was another woman. Rachel is a wolf researcher and her dog was, in fact, a wolf that had been orphaned in her research wolf pack. The other three members of the group are: Lily, a woman who suffered some loss of brain function as a result of being caught in a house fire; Jamie, a teen-aged boy who is regularly beaten by his stepfather; Walter, a widower who lives in the basement of his daughter and son-in-law's house. Their quest seems hopeless and some of the people do fall away from the group. Lily disappears entirely and Jamie starts hanging out with some older boys. Just when it seems the rest might give up Walter's dog returns to him. That gives some hope which is cruelly snatched away when some hunters go out to hunt the dogs because they have been killing livestock. Rachel leaves to return to her wolf research and Alice is devastated. However there are some changes to the lives of the others and the ending is optimistic.
"The heart is a wild and fugitive creature.
The heart is a dog who comes home."

You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy this book; just enjoy Humphreys' craftmanship and way with words. ( )
  gypsysmom | May 31, 2020 |
A tough read, but Humphreys creates a balanced novella which is as it should be as she is writing about love and the contradictory (understatement) nature of the human heart. A motley group assemble nightly to call for their dogs who have gone wild, joining a pack. They have crossed over from tame to wild. Many have had a family member "dispose" of the dog by taking it and leaving it out in the wild. In other words, they are in difficulties to begin with and for most their dogs were a lifeline. A beautiful book. In the back Humphreys saysn (better than I can), in an interview, "I think that as humans we alternately crave order and chaos. We want the nice, paved-over street and tidy houses, but, after a time, we grow bored with that and want to destroy it all and start again. This is what love can do for us. It is perhaps the only thing that can satisfy these conflicting desires in us. . . "Humphreys understanding and reflections on dogs and our relationship with them are profound. ***** ( )
1 vote sibylline | Mar 27, 2020 |
In una piccola città della provincia canadese, la chiusura di un mobilificio vero centro economico dell'area - genera inquietudine. Le vittime di un clima a tratti pesante sono soprattutto le donne, i bambini e i cani. Proprio sei cani, senza apparenti avvisaglie, fuggono o sono spinti a fuggire dalle case dove sono cresciuti e dove sono stati nutriti, scegliendo di vivere nel bosco, di essere selvaggi, liberi. I loro padroni - Alice, Jamie, Lily, Walter, Malcolm e una misteriosa biologa - ogni sera si ritrovano in un campo ai margini del bosco e chiamano i loro cani nella speranza che tornino a casa. Fra i sei padroni si stabilisce un legame molto stretto, che sovrappone all'attesa del ritorno dei cani, speranze di amore, di amicizia e di risoluzione delle proprie solitudini, mentre, sullo sfondo, si prepara la resa dei conti, la dolorosa soluzione alla incomprensibile e "intollerabile" storia dei cani che hanno scelto di diventare selvaggi.
  kikka62 | Jan 26, 2020 |
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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.

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