In this breezy volume, Thayer, whose previous book chronicled her successful solo trek to the North Pole at age 50, recounts the year that she spent in the Yukon and Arctic wilderness following packs of wolves with her husband, Bill, and their part-wolf dog, Charlie. Like Farley Mowat and others before her, Thayer (Polar Dream) is motivated by a desire to study the behavior that wolves wont reveal when theyre kept in captivity, particularly the "food-sharing habits they have with land-bound animals, such as grizzlies and ravens." The wilderness project relies heavily on the talents of Charlie, who acts as a canine go-between that both guides and protects his owners as they cautiously make their way closer and closer to a wolf pack. Thayer and her husband copy Charlies behavior to transform themselves from threatening humans to submissive, wolf-like strangers. They eat a vegetarian diet and try to minimize their presence as they follow the wolves on hunting expeditions in a cold, forbidding world. Suspenseful encounters with bitter storms and fearsome grizzlies are tempered by calmer moments with romping pups and breathtaking scenery. While the subject matter is not new, Thayers smooth prose style moves the story along, and the inclusion of Charlie as a main focus adds a new twist to the first-person nature narrative.
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Explorer and adventurer Thayer (who has trekked the North Pole, the Sahara Desert, and Antarctica), along with her husband and husky-wolf dog, Charlie, decided to live close to wild wolves in Canada. They would study the wolves' food-sharing habits with grizzly bears and ravens during the summer and with polar bears and foxes during the winter. As the couple approached a spring wolf den, camping closer each day, they found that Charlie was their key to acceptance by the wolves. By following his lead and observing his reactions to the obvious interest of the resident pack, they convinced the wolves that they were harmless. What followed was an intimate six months with the pack. Charlie marked a territory around their tent that the wolves respected, but the pups crossed this boundary to get the dog to play with them. This unusual combination of adventure travel and the study of animal behavior is a diverting read and will find a wide audience. Nancy Bent
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Great story and very educational if you're interested in wolf behavior. I've read all of Helens books and love them all. A great read.Published 2 months ago by Katherine McCormick
I found it fascinating at how they lived in the woods so close so such a dangerous animal and how the wolves excepted them with Charlie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karen H.
I adore Helen Thayer's books. Adventure, travel, incredible experiences. Three Among the Wolves was beautiful and absolutely riveting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Helen Thayer is an amazing woman. Had the pleasure of meeting her and had to know more about her. Her story of living with the wolves for a year gave me a new view of how wolves... Read morePublished 9 months ago by calliopehb
Great book on the wolves and their behavior that is written for the normal person so he/she can understand. Charlie and his pack did well!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a most interesting adventure story. I don't see how anyone could read this and dislike wolves. They are marvellous creatures. This was beautifully written.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Such an inspiring person and an amazing experience with the wolves! I would read this book all over again. It makes me want to attempt to do what Helen did! Highly recommend.Published 11 months ago by G.
This is an excellent book. Helen Thayer gives very detailed descriptions of their experiences in northern Canada and presents many interesting insights into the social structure of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joe MacPherson