Julie of the Wolves
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Amaroq wailed again, stretching his neck until his head was high above the others. They gazed at him affectionately and it was plain to see that he was their great spirit, a royal leader who held his group together with love and wisdom. (1.51)
Seriously, how could you not think this wolf is just the best? He's a leader, and a loving one at that.
She was about to get to her feet and hunt elsewhere, but she remembered that Kapugen never gave up. (1.167)
Her respect and love for Kapugen seem to be what keep Miyax alive on the tundra. In tough times, she can always take a moment remember Kapugen and find some strength to keep on trucking.
Amaroq, wolf, my friend
You are my adopted father.
My feet shall run because of you.
My heart shall beat because of you.
And I shall love because of you. (1.228)
Now there's a love song if we've ever heard one. Miyax is right to say that she will be able to run and have a beating heart because of Amaroq. After all, he's kept her alive. But to say that she will love because of him seems to go deeper than typical gratitude.