Chapter 15 Summary
Chapter 15 returns to Mack, the boys, the landowner, and his dog. The boys have left their campsite and gone up the hill to the farmhouse, where Mack is in the kitchen preparing the Epsom salt poultice for the injured dog's shoulder. As he works, the dog's numerous puppies fight for dominance at her teats for milk. The poor dog wearily looks to Mack, her eyes conveying her weariness and seeming to seek his empathy.
The owner watches Mack, grateful to learn how to treat a tick bite. Mack tells him that in addition to healing her shoulder, the owner also needs to get her puppies weaned; they are too old to still be nursing, and the effort to continue providing milk to them is dangerously wearing the mother down....
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