Perrault and François chase Buck around the camp site for about an hour, but Buck easily eludes them. Then realizing that they are losing precious time, the drivers finally yield to Buck's wishes and install him as the lead dog. Buck more than proves his prowess. Immediately, he "shows himself" the superior even of Spitz, of whom François had never seen the equal.Buck continues to excel in leadership, and the other dogs fall immediately in line and grant Buck his hard-earned superiority. In fact, one of the dogs, Pike, lagging during the day, is soundly punished by Buck for his laziness. Thus the team begins operating in its old superior form, a fact which pleases François and Perrault very much. At one of the stops, the Rink Rapids, two native huskies, Teek and Koona, are added to the team, and Buck immediately coerces them into being members of the team.
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