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WoodsongWoodsong s a book about a man who learns about life from his sled dogs and nature. It starts out with Gary Paulsen (the author) running his sled dogs through a forest where he is soon to learn his first lesson. While going about 20-40 miles per hour, a doe leaped right over the dogs with no hesitation, but the dogs kept running. He soon passed the doe and then noticed why the doe was running so fast in the first place, wolves. They were chasing her and caught her in the middle of a frozen lake. The wolf pack started yanking away piece after piece of the doe's flesh yet it stayed alive through the whole process. Gary came out without thinking and yelled at the wolves to stop, but not knowing that he was there the wolves were surprised at him and just ignored him. That was the first lesson that he learned from nature, not to disturb it.Gary was 40 years old when he started getting into sled dogs. He didn't now much about them or about how to properly take care of them. He learned his next lesson on a run. Gary had a team of about 4 dogs. He was on a run to put down traps for the beavers that have been causing mischief in Minnesota. The dogs were getting tired so he decided to take a rest and fed them dry dog food (at the time he did not no of the damages dry dog food did to sled dogs during a run). As they set back on the trail, Gary noticed stains in the snow inline with a dog named Storm. Gary ignored it for a while, but when he noticed it again about 20 miles from the previous area, he investigated. He knew the smell wasn't right so he lit a match only to find out that Storm was squirting blood. Every time Storm pushed as he ran, blood would squirt out. Gary tried to get Storm to stay on the back of the sled but he had no success fore storm refused to watch as the other dogs got to run and he had to stay in the sled, so he would continue to jump out into his spot and pulled the sled along. Gary kept trying to get Storm to stay on the sled, but he failed so he tried putting Storm to run on the side of the sled not pulling, but Storm would just run into his spot and pull anyway. Finally Gary thought about putting Storm in his spot ,but not pulling the sled or being tied to the sled. Storm didn't really notice the difference, except that on hills he would climb faster than the others and gong downhill he would go slower because h didn't have to worry about pulling the sled and all the weight. Storm did not bleed the whole run, but stopped after about an hour. Gary didn't know that the corn in dry dog food ripped and tore the stomachs of dogs when they ran which is the reason Storm was bleeding.Gary learned a valuable lesson from a dog named Columbia. The lesson stopped Gary from trapping and killing any more animals. Columbia is a dog that never fought and in the kennel would keep to himself. Each dog got their own bone with meat on it. Columbia would usually eat all the meat off and bury the bone while other dogs did what was known as...

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