Shayla Torpey English Honors Set 3 Final Call of the Wild Essay March 27, 2018 John Thornton, the coveted, and beloved dog owner in the novel Call of the Wild by Jack London, impacts all of the lives of those around him. Thornton radiates true love and affection, never before experienced by Buck. These two characters first met after Thornton first acted protectively towards Buck when he rescued him from the perpetual beating that he received from Hal. After kindly rescuing Buck, John Thornton further proved his devotion by kneeling beside him and feeling him over for broken bones. This was the first moment that set the stage for the raw, primordial bond between the two. Taking care of Buck also shows the feeling of selflessness that John Thornton possesses. Thornton was still recuperating from frostbite which froze his feet and resulted in a limp and him being left behind while his comrades left to find aid for him. Thornton is also described as the ideal master towards the dogs choosing to see to the welfare of his dogs as if they were his own children and never forgetting a kindly greeting or cheering word. These interactions and long talks with the dogs delights Thornton as much as it does the dogs. Thornton choice to acknowledge and incorporate his dogs into an immediate part of his life represents his amiable and compassionate spirit.