- By Helen Thayer

Three Among the Wolves: A Couple and their Dog Live a Year with Wolves in the Wild

  • Title: Three Among the Wolves: A Couple and their Dog Live a Year with Wolves in the Wild
  • Author: Helen Thayer
  • ISBN: 9781570614798
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • Three Among the Wolves A Couple and their Dog Live a Year with Wolves in the Wild Helen and Bill Thayer accompanied by their part wolf mostly Husky dog Charlie set out to live among wild wolf packs first in the Canadian Yukon and then in the Arctic When they set up camp wi

    Helen and Bill Thayer, accompanied by their part wolf, mostly Husky dog, Charlie, set out to live among wild wolf packs 8212 first in the Canadian Yukon and then in the Arctic When they set up camp within 100 feet of a wolf den, they were greeted with apprehension But they establish trust over time because the wolves accept Charlie as the alpha male of the newly aHelen and Bill Thayer, accompanied by their part wolf, mostly Husky dog, Charlie, set out to live among wild wolf packs 8212 first in the Canadian Yukon and then in the Arctic When they set up camp within 100 feet of a wolf den, they were greeted with apprehension But they establish trust over time because the wolves accept Charlie as the alpha male of the newly arrived pack Readers travel with the Thayers as they learn about wolf family structure, view the intricacies of the hunt, the wolves finely honed survival skills, and playfulness.

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    1. The authors spend a summer observing a pack of wolves in the Yukon. Their interactions are guided by the reactions of their dog, a husky with wolf ancestry. They observe some interesting behavior. They then spend a few months near Tuk looking for and then observing wolves on the pack ice and later near Inuvik. The descriptions of wolf society are captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I do not particularly like Helen Thayer or her writing. When I realized the book (recommended [...]

    2. To study the winter habitat of wolves this woman, accompanied by her husband and faithful canine, traveled across the Canada's Northern Territory in the dead of winter. Temperatures plunged to 45 below zero. Polar bears stalked them. They lived in a tent and pulled sleds that weighed 300 pounds. They camped on shifting offshore pack ice which could open lanes of icy water with no warning. In the summer they camped adjacent to a wolves den somehow managing to gain a tenuous acceptance from the pa [...]

    3. An adventure mingled with keen observations of wolf behavior, wilderness exploration and great ecological insight. All told by a bad ass woman explorer.

    4. 3 Among the Wolves argues (though not explicitly or intentionally) that you’re never too old for anything. Picture this: A 58-year-old woman and her 69-year-old husband decide that it would be a good idea to take their wolf-dog, Charley, hike a week into the wilderness of the Northwest Territories, and spy on a wolfpack from April to October. Basically snow to snow. So they do. That accomplished, still hungering for adventure, they outfit themselves for an expedition to the arctic to study the [...]

    5. Some nature books are great reads, some are great adventures. This one is the latter. It details the year-long trek the author, her husband Bill and their dog Charlie made into in the Yukon above the Arctic Circle to study various families of wolves. Spoiler: in the winter there is a lot of cold and ice and very little sun. And, in this case, the ice takes on a life of its own as Thayer writes:“The distant rumbling, now much louder, closed in on us. I stared at sections of falling ice as thoug [...]

    6. I heard Helen Thayer speak at REI in Durham a couple weeks ago. At 70-something she's quite energetic and fit. However, if you ran into her at, say, Target, you wouldn't expect her to be the first woman to have trekked solo to the Magnetic North Pole without dog sled or snowmobile. She was also the first woman to circumnavigate the Magnetic North Pole, and she (at 68) and her husband (at 74) were the first husband-and-wife team to walk the length of the Mongolian Gobi Desert. That's 1,500 miles, [...]

    7. Endearing story about a middle aged couple and their wolf-dog who set out to study and live beside wild wolves in Alaska and the Arctic Circle for one year. They encounter three families of wolves on their journey, which they are able to observe, photograph and document with painstaking detail.Fascinating insights about wolves in the wild, their attachments, their patterns, their social structure. Thayer is a world renowned explorer, and was the first woman to solo walk and ski to the magnetic N [...]

    8. This book was magical to me. The observations of the author and her husband regarding the interactions of the wolves and, more interesting to me, the wolves and their dog Charlie were far more than I expected. Looking at the society of the pack, the way that the wolves related to each other and adapted to strangers in their midst certainly challenges the general reputation of these animals. They observed them cooperating with other species (crows, bears, foxes) in the hunt for food,caring for th [...]

    9. Helen thayer is simply an extremely remarkable woman. Remarkbe also are her husband and her late dog. I read her story of hiking solo to the north polea--well dog charlie was there too and and of the hike across the gobi with huband bill. This rather unassuming group can out hike, camp and adventure most people half their ages and they do it to study a question they are interested in at the time. In this case how wolves live in two locales. A forested setting and a polar setting. Now we know. He [...]

    10. I'm in research mode for my novel, and wolf behavior was one of the key components of the story that I needed to brush up on. This eyewitness account of several packs' behaviors over a significant amount of time and by thoughtful, unobtrusive observers seemed as close as I was going to get to firsthand research from my seat. While not the most thrilling read in general, this was certainly a handbook of wolf behaviors. There are a lot of highlights in my Kindle copy. Suffice to say, an excellent [...]

    11. Not only the author of Three Among the Wolves, Helen Thayer is the person who spent a year with wolves in the wild. I believe her purpose is to teach readers that wolves aren't anywhere close to what most people think of them as. She also want us to realize that they desperately need to be protected along with the rest of the wilderness. Helen Thayer was the first woman in the world to trek solo to the north pole. On that trip, she found her dog, which was the link that got the wild wolves to tr [...]

    12. Helen Thayer, her husband Bill and their Inuit husky/wolf mix Charlie spent a year studying natural habitats of wolves. While Hele and Bill always maintained a safe and respectable distance from the dens they observed, Charlie bridged the gap between canine and man. The wolves accepted the humans as part of the natural terrain and went about their normal existence, which in turn allowed the couple to document what had not been captured well before; den and pack behavior, hunting and survival ins [...]

    13. Over the years, for better or worse, people have attempted to advance knowledge of the animal world by integrating themselves into an often dangerous wild environment, trying to become assimilated into animal culture. Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Timothy Treadwell come to mind. In Three Among the Wolves adventurer Helen Thayer braves the Canadian Arctic to learn about the much maligned Canis lupus. You can read the rest of my review at Wolves.

    14. 3 among the wolves was ok, but does not compare to her "Polar Dream" book which was an page-turning adventure. I have mixed feelings about humans socializing wild animals as is the case in this book. I also think Helen attributes too many human-like motivations to these wolves. But, like "Polar Dream", the star of this book is Helen's amazing dog Charlie which in the end makes it a book worth reading

    15. I read this book several years ago. It was a fascinating read about the author, her husband, and wolf-dog Charlie and their experience living in close proximity to a wolf pack. Charlie became their ambassador, acting as the alpha-male of his little pack of humans. In time, a level of tolerance and respect was built up between the wolf pack and the dog/human pack.I especially enjoyed the description of how the wolves passed on things they had learned to their offspring.

    16. A fascinating record of Helen Thayer's intrepid travels to the Canadian Arctic to study wolves, accompanied by her adventurous husband, Bill Thayer, and their part-wolf dog, Charlie. For me, it recalls my life on the edge of the northern wilderness of Alaska and Canada. Their close observation of the wolves at their family dens, enabled by Charlie's rapport with the wolves, affirms the nobility of these endangered creatures.

    17. Very interesting depiction of wolf behaviour in multiple environments. However, some information provided in the book (such as that only the alpha wolves reproduce) has since been discovered to be inaccurate. I would recommend this title if you are interested in wolves, but would also suggest supplementing it with some hard science titles and/or journal articles to get the most up-to-date information.

    18. This was an easy to read, very interesting book. It tells the story of a couple's living in the wild with several packs of wolves, enabled by the presence of their half-wolf dog. The adventures that they have, with the wolves and other wild creatures, along with their portrayals of the social structures and behaviors of wolves in a pack, makes for fascinating reading.

    19. I have read a lot of books regarding wolves and this one is one of the best. Their adventure into Canada with their devoted dog, living among two wolf packs was insightful and inspiring. I tend to enjoy books that are less scientific and more real life adventures and this book was one of those that was hard to put down.

    20. For those of you who are Wolf advocates and wildlife lover's, this book details an journey in the lives of a couple and their amazing dog who live among the Wolves for a year. At times harrowing, yet a methodical and heartfelt account that will leave with more compassion that you thought you ever had. A must read for any animal lover and adventurer.

    21. it's been sitting on my night stand half read for about a yeari'll get around to it eventually. that's just how nonfiction is, there's no important events or plot conflict that needs to be remembered so the reading tends to be slow.

    22. Finished this book just in time to hear Helen Thayer talk tonight! Great adventure story full of interesting wolf facts. Maybe not the finest literature, but kept me engaged from start to finish. Looking forward to reading Polar Dream.

    23. I read this aloud to my nine year old son and we couldn't put it down. A tremendously well-written, engaging adventure story and insights into the lives of wolves and our own social world. For me it generated questions about the line between biology and culture, instinct and learning.

    24. Impressive account of the Thayers' experiences living among, and being accepted by, the wolves. I found this book to be very interesting, although I'm not a big non-fiction reader. I believe it would be enjoyed by anyone that loves animals and adventure.

    25. The first book that I read by Helen Thayer was "Polar Dreams" and I was enthralled and also incredulous. This book was also fascinating, but did not grab me as much as the first. All I can say is that I am in awe of those who can stand such rugged and dangerous situations. Truly amazing stuff.

    26. May the human heart always crave the curiosity of unknown lands far and near. Let the human spirit guide in the adventure of exploration.

    27. My fav of her three books; she and her husband lived continuously with Alaskan wolf pack for 12 months. Imagine camping up there during the winter and watching their hunting habits. Great read.

    28. Interesting glimpse into daily lives of wolves (3 packs - 2 in winter/1 spring/summer). Journalistic type writing - detailed - could only read in small bites.

    29. I enjoyed reading about the wolves and the experiences observing them. Makes me want to head out and live in a tent for months observing nature.

    30. Fascinating and moving account of time living closely with two packs of wolves. A few parts drag, I just skipped over them. RIP Charlie -- what a great dog.

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