This Side Of Wild: Mutts, Mares, And Laughing Dinosaurs

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The Newbery Honor–winning author of Hatchet and Dogsong shares surprising true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their compassion, intellect, intuition, and sense of adventure.

Gary Paulsen is an adventurer who competed in two Iditarods, survived the Minnesota wilderness, and climbed the Bighorns. None of this would have been possible without his truest companion: his animals. Sled dogs rescued him in Alaska, a sickened poodle guarded his well-being, and a horse led him across a desert. Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, Gary has been struck with the belief that animals know more than we may fathom.

His understanding and admiration of animals is well known, and in This Side of Wild, which has taken a lifetime to write, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.


  • ThisSideOfWild 01 Title

    Duration: 35s
  • ThisSideOfWild 02 Introduction

    Duration: 03min
  • ThisSideOfWild 03 Preface

    Duration: 08min
  • ThisSideOfWild 04 Ch1

    Duration: 57min
  • ThisSideOfWild 05 Ch2

    Duration: 46min
  • ThisSideOfWild 06 Ch3

    Duration: 20min
  • ThisSideOfWild 07 Ch4

    Duration: 23min
  • ThisSideOfWild 08 Ch5

    Duration: 24min
  • ThisSideOfWild 09 Credits

    Duration: 52s