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The North Runner

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The North Runner is a true and moving story of the building of trust between a man and an exceptional dog that was half wolf, half Alaskan Malamute, and the resulting mutual affection and respect between them.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 17th 2003 by Natural Heritage (first published March 1979)
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Waboose Adventures
Jul 24, 2014 Waboose Adventures rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life.
Tagra
Apr 27, 2012 Tagra rated it it was amazing
Possibly one of my favourite books of all time. Very detailed and touching.
Lisa Kearns
Jan 31, 2013 Lisa Kearns rated it it was amazing
This is the first book by R.D. Lawrence I've read, and after reading it I've ordered half a dozen of his others.

North Runner is the honest, touching tale of a man who buys an abused wolf/dog hybrid named Yukon for his dog sled team. The dog is half wild and trusts nobody, and the man is lonely and looking for meaning in his life.

Over time the man and dog learn to trust and respect each other and become so close they can feel each other's emotions. They travel the North Woods together, camping, h
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Karen Martin
Feb 05, 2016 Karen Martin rated it it was amazing
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I read this decades ago, and it propelled me to read other books by the same author.

I very much enjoyed revisiting the author - a writer/naturalist - and his years living in the pristine wilderness with Yukon, his wolf dog.

Lawrence is poetic with his descriptive prose, especially that of the wilds of northern Ontario, Manitoba and B.C. You can hear the crunch of the snow after a blizzard, smell the pine tar, hear the jays and raven in the stillness.

Though the book shares the many trials and har
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Andrea
Nov 24, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it
What made this book interesting was the description of the Canadian north and the dog Yukon. It took patience to get into the story as Lawrence is not a gripping writer. But it is worth reading if this topic is of interest to you. I have to say the ending bothered me and seemed a little trite and self-serving. I won't give it away but I thing the writer embellished the ending in order to not appear callous and self-serving.
Lee Yahnker
Oct 15, 2015 Lee Yahnker rated it really liked it
A man who moves to the wilds of Canada. Stories of Yukon, his favorite dog, which is half wolf, and his experiences as they live off the land.
Diane Wachter
RDC-M V 4 1979, 7/81. An adventure story about the bond between a wolf-husky and a man. Good.
Pat Parkhurst
Sep 21, 2014 Pat Parkhurst rated it it was amazing
What a book!!! Love Yukon! I don't think I'll ever forget this book of wondrous adventure.
Jackie
Jun 15, 2010 Jackie rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read. The author is a biologist who pays attention to even the smallest of living things in my magnificent country that he explores with his wonderful half wolf, half Malamute, Yukon. The story of their love and respect for each other will make you laugh and cry. Great book!!!
J.T.
Apr 06, 2015 J.T. rated it really liked it
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I truly loved the story of The North Runner. At times the details of the land was a bit lengthy but the pull of finding out what happens with the "wolf dog" compelled me to continue through the lengthy details of the landscape. I would recommend it.
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R.D. Lawrence was a Canadian naturalist and wildlife author. Born aboard ship in the Bay of Biscay off the coast of Spain on September 12, 1921, he moved to Canada in 1954. RD Lawrence died of Alzheimer's on November 27, 2003 in Haliburton County, Ontario, Canada.

RD Lawrence's many books are published in 26 countries and 15 languages and take us to animal habitats far from humans; to the boreal fo
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