Buck lived a good life at the Miller’s home. He lived in a big house in Santa Clara Valley. The weather and environment were good for the dog. It was warm, and the house had enough space for Buck to stroll around.
There were other dogs in the Miller home, but they were either confined in the house or outside in their kennels. However, Buck was not confined to any particular area and freely mingled with the different members of the Miller homestead. Buck went hunting with the Judge’s boys and escorted his daughters when they went on walks.
Buck was treated well and pampered since his birth. The dog was loved and taken care of by members of the Judge’s family. Buck also hunted and engaged in outdoor activities that helped him keep fit.
During the four years since his puppyhood he had lived the life of a sated aristocrat; he had a fine pride in himself, was even a trifle egotistical, as country gentlemen sometimes become because of their insular situation. But he had saved himself by not becoming a mere pampered house-dog.