In Santa Clara Valley, California Judge Miller has a huge home and a great deal of property. He also owns a beautiful dog named Buck. Buck is the king of this property and can roam as he pleases. He is petted, fed, groomed, and treated like the loved and cherished dog that he is. He has the life of a pampered dog who can hunt, eat, sleep, or play as he wishes. He had everything he could possibly want until he was stolen from his home and sold into captivity.
"Buck who was Half St. Bernard, half Scotch shepherd lived the life of a sated aristocrat" on his California ranch until he was stolen by the gardener."
Buck is clearly a domesticated animal while he lives on Judge Miller's property.
At the age of four, Buck carries himself "in right royal fashion"; like his father before him, he is the companion of the Judge--a pet. At an impressive one hundred and forty pounds, Buck is much larger than any other dog on the property. As a result of his size, Buck carries himself somewhat arrogantly because he knows that he can intimidate the other dogs. But, he is kept from being too complacent and pampered as a house dog by going hunting with the Judge, and by engaging in various "outdoor delights" such as chasing squirrels and romping over the grounds for the sheer joy of it. These activities have hardened his muscles; furthermore, his love of swimming enhances his fitness even more.