Homer Hickman is the main character of the book and he lives in a town called Coalwood and he is the son of one of the foremans who watch over people who work in the mines there. The book talks about Homer's memories from when he was a child. Homer was a very playful kid and he had a big imagination because as it shows on page 5, "We surrounded the club house and, with birch-branch bows and invisible arrows, picked off the single miners who lived there as they came in from work". This means that he was able to use his imagination to picture himself as part of an indian tribe because of his big imagination. He is also very smart and he likes to read books because it seemed like he "was reading two books"(14) all through grade school. Homer is a dynamic character because he seems to change from being an average kid to being an imaginative kid who is also very smart. He also is very aware of his surroundings because he notices that his mom always has a cup of coffee in the morning.
The main conflict in this book is Tamar Geller against dog training that involves violence. It started when she began studying wolves and realized that they would, in a way, "train" them so that they could be part of the pack. That was when she decided to train dogs without using violence. This is a problem because it affects many. In the book The Loved Dog by Tamar Geller and Andrea Cagan, it says that ..."the estimated three million that are put to sleep every year, about sixty percent are under one year old". So many puppies are affected because of people who trained them badly. What Tamar did was show people an easier way of training their dogs without having to use violence. The conflict is internal and external. It is internal because in the book, Tamar says that she suffered from an abusive childhood which made her able to relate to the mistreated dogs. It is external because it is about how society treats dogs and how they raise them to be. Tamar Geller found a way to stop so many dogs from getting euthanized by learning about and teaching others how to train dogs with out using violence or punishment and not forcing your dog to do anything.