Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote
Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

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Despite charming anecdotes, Merle's Door trips on Merle's bland inner thoughts (at one point, the pooch's face seems to say, ''I'm over those puppyhood fears. I'm a big dog now'').
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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.

 

About Ted Kerasote

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TED KERASOTE is the author of several books, including the national bestseller Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog and Out There, which won the National Outdoor Book Award. His essays and photographs have appeared in Audubon, Geo, Outside, Science, the New York Times, and more than sixty other periodicals. He lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
 
Published April 21, 2008 by Mariner Books. 421 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Sports & Outdoors, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Religion & Spirituality, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Good
Reviewed by writnkitten on Jul 20 2007

For those who want to learn about dogs, Merle’s Door explores who dogs are and why they do what they do, all in an informal, entertaining way.

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Karen Leigh on Jun 22 2007

Despite charming anecdotes, Merle's Door trips on Merle's bland inner thoughts (at one point, the pooch's face seems to say, ''I'm over those puppyhood fears. I'm a big dog now'').

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Patricia's Wisdom

Good
on May 22 2009

The author calls out so many details of life and living and how we all learn to get along, this book is a study of living life wrapped inside the tale of a man and his best friend.

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The Bark

Excellent
Reviewed by Claudia Kawczynska on Aug 24 2013

The author has a firm grasp of what was important in his dog’s life and how important this relationship becomes to the life of the author himself.

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The Conscious Cat

Excellent
Reviewed by Ingrid on Jun 13 2009

...It is a must read for any animal lover – it will change the way you look at how animals communicate and deepen the bond with your own canine companion.

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