In the 1968 novel written by
Walt Morey, Kavik the Wolf Dog travels 2,000 miles
to find the young
boy that saved his life.
Charlie One Eye raises sled dogs. He spots strong
potential in one of his yellow eyed pups, part Alaskan Malamute and
part wolf. "You grow up
smart and tough and mean. Not mean like the wolf. Mean like
He raises the dog with a heavy hand and without
any affection. Two years later, Kävik leads a team
that wins the North American Sled Dog Derby race
in Fairbanks, Alaska. Businessman George Hunter catches the end of the
race and is so impressed that he offers Charlie One Eye $4,000 for the
Kävik is put on a small plane
headed towards Hunter's home. But, the plane goes down in the
Alaskan wilderness, killing the pilot. Miraculously,
Kävik survives the crash. But, he is gravely
injured and trapped in his transport cage. After three miserable days,
a young hunter comes across the wreckage.
The Boy and The Wolfdog
Twelve year old Andy Evans considers putting the
dog out of his misery, but one look into those
yellow eyes changes his mind. Though his courage has been damaged from
crash, he is not ready to die.
Andy nurses him back to health with the assistance of a local doctor.
The two form a strong bond as Kävik experiences
human love and affection for
the first time in his young life.
Soon, Hunter finds out that
Kävik is alive and well and takes the dog home.
Andy is devastated and Kävik becomes homesick.
Hunter, embarassed by his lack of courage, keeps him isolated in a dog
run. After several weeks, he escapes and heads north to find the boy he
misses so terribly.
In the wilderness, he encounters a pack of wolves.
A fight with the pack leader raises his courage and wins the affecton
of a female wolf. But, now he has a decision to make. Should he stay
with his new found love or try to find the boy who saved his life? A
hunter ends up making that decision for him.
Eventually, Kävik is reunited
with Andy. Hunter finds out and wants his dog back. Andy's father
offers to pay for him, but Hunter demands the price which he paid.
Andy's father says the dog is not worth that much anymore. Hunter
agrees and accepts a fraction of what he paid.
Later, Hunter hears about Kävik's
regained courage. He is told about the dog fending off a
pack of wild dogs that used to terrorize him. Can Andy keep his
Kavik the Wolf Dog Movie
The movie, loosely based on the book, does not do
the story justice. It does not give the viewer enough history on
It also cuts out a large part of his incredible journey and bonding
with a female wolf. Produced in 2002, it is a bit cheesy, and has the
look and feel of a much older movie - John Candy's even in it. The
worst part was when a young lady sees Kävik and
screams to her father that she saw a wolf.
The problem is that the GSD who plays the role does not look much like
a wolf. He looks like a German Shepherd.
Kävik the Wolf Dog is an
incredible story of love and perseverance. Do yourself a favor and read
the book to get the full impact of this
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