Jean discovers the wrecked moving van near his swamp shack, but little did he know that Old Howler, a great gray wolf who'd lost her whelps, had rescued the German shepherd pup to relieve her aching dugs, nor that he would promise a pretty girl, Willa Weaver, that he'd try to find her puppy.
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Note: although "The Wolf Dog" is not preachy, it has received credit for helping curtail the bloody dog-fighting events in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas.We meet Jean again, who also meets Willa who came back to the wrecked moving van, hoping to find her puppy.Jean doesn't hold out much hope for the puppy being alive, but he promises Willa he'll look for the pup. Old Howler, the great gray wolf, now old, heard the pup's yelps, dared jump into the back end of the moving van and grab the pup by the nape of its neck and take it back to her den.Old Howler raised Wolf Dog as she did her own, as if he were her own. As the pup grew larger, Old Howler took him with her on her hunts. Wolf Dog, who was larger than most wolves, caught the attention of the hunters, and once Jean learned about it, he began stalking the old gray wolf. Old Howler had enemies, not just human enemies, but two younger gray wolves. In a vicious fight they finally killed Old Howler. Jean then called Willa as he'd promised and told her he'd found her dog. Willa came at very bad time. A sleet storm. They can't find the wild dog. Jean, in time, using patience, gains Wolf Boy's trust, and coaxes the wild dog home with him. Jean locks the dog up in the smoke house. News travels fast. People come from miles away to see the wolf dog. In fact, Wolf Boy is so vicious, Willa knows she can't take him to a city. Lockwood, the dog-fighter-gambling man has two thugs steal Wolf Boy, and Lockwood and his cronies travel with the "killer" dog, fighting him in all three states where dog-fighting was then legal, and in other states as well. Wolf Boy defeats all of the so called champion dogs, though he hates his new master. Wolf Boy escapes after killing a champion Staffordshire, and hides in the Ouachita River bottom. The rest of the story is about how Wolf Boy goes home to Jean. .
For unnumbered miles, as they head into the Louisiana swamp country, the cars, trucks, and big tractor jobs pass through a wilderness of timber, green-slimed bayous and canebrakes.In early autumn the swampland fades to taupe and fawn, and the ground is broken here and there by mud banks which smell like angry skunks.