Merle's Door - Ted Kerasote

Merle's Door

By Ted Kerasote

  • Release Date: 2008-04-21
  • Genre: Pets
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 120 Ratings)

Description

Now including a wonderful new photo insert chronicling Merle’s life, this national bestseller explores the relationship between humans and dogs. How would dogs live if they were free? Would they stay with their human friends? Merle and Ted found each other in the Utah desert— Merle was living wild and Ted was looking for a pup to keep him company. As their bond grew, Ted taught Merle how to live around wildlife, and Merle taught Ted about the benefits of letting a dog make his own decisions. Using the latest in wolf research and exploring issues of animal consciousness and leadership and the origins of the human-dog relationship, Ted Kerasote takes us on the journey he and Merle shared. As much a love story as a story of independence and partnership, Merle’s Door is tender, funny, and ultimately illuminating.
Now including a wonderful new photo insert chronicling Merle’s life.

Reviews

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  • Merle's Door

    5
    By Dirtygirl2
    It was a very educated book with values of raising a young dog and the bonding that developed through trust till the end. It was very touching, funny & sad, which I cried at the end.
  • Merle's Door

    5
    By Marshy3030
    This is one of the best Hospice novels I have had the pleasure to read. I am a retired Hospice nurse, and "free-thinking" is not always understood and accepted by loved ones...whether the one leaving our beloved Earth is of the animal species or the human species. There are many ways to die, but we all...animal and humans...are very fortunate if we have a loving surrogate to lead the way when our time arrives. Mr. Keratotomy is a Hero.
  • Such a great mix of memoir and animal science!

    5
    By adreaminaqua
    This is a fabulous book and you don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy it! It's both informative and feel good, witty and funny. If you own a dog, it'll make you hug them a little tighter and consider another walk on the beach or in the woods :)
  • Merle's Door

    4
    By Climbergirl2002
    Good research on dog behavior and interaction with humans. Some digression made parts of the book read like a textbook but overall it was great. We just had to face a difficult decision with one of our dogs and the other is in his twilight years, which made this book rather special to us. We live, hike, ski, and maintain trail in this same country, thus could visualize the places Ted described. Ted does present the view that dogs should be allowed to roam freely as if a leash will stifle them. While it is nice to have our dogs off leash within our view and under voice control, far too many people do not like dogs they do not know, running up to them with no master in sight. And despite what Ted may believe about dogs not pooping on the trail, he must not have ever skied up Teton canyon, and gotten brown klister all over his skis.
  • A must read...

    5
    By RKoehler
    ...for dog lovers and dog detractors alike.
  • A wonderful story...

    5
    By gl-bear
    ...about a wonderful life. I also learned so much about dogs too. I will definitely be recommending this book to those who I think will enjoy it.
  • Outstanding

    5
    By Carolxxx
    I couldn't let my dog read this book as he would be so envious of the special life this dog enjoyed. It was a compelling book that I couldn't put down. What a special relationship the dog and owner had.
  • Merle's Door

    5
    By sleinc
    This is the best dog book--fiction or non-fiction--I've ever read!
  • Insightful

    5
    By Matt_@KatyTX
    Wonderful story outlining a dog's life.

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