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Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog (2007)

by Ted Kerasote

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A great dog and outdoor living book. Ted finds Merle (dog) on a camping trip and Merle ends up adopting Ted! They seem to understand each other from the start. I love the way Ted talks for Merle- it's not baby talk, but it seems to really come from Merle. This is also a lot of asides that go into aspects of dogs; id; how they came from wolfs; how they were probably domesticated. Excellent! ( )
  camplakejewel | Sep 27, 2017 |
I have not yet read this book.
  LynneQuan | Sep 24, 2017 |
The story of a man (Ted) and his dog (Merle). It begins when Merle finds Ted and friends getting ready to go on a river trip and ends when Merle is about 14 years old. (He dies.) In between are stories of the adventures they have together (and sometimes separately): hunting, hiking, skiing, etc. Along the way, they both teach each other lessons about life.

It made me want a dog--if the dog was an animated and expressive as Merle! ( )
  JenniferRobb | Sep 20, 2017 |
Lessons from a freethinking dog
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ted's writing style is easy to read and interesting. This is about a dog and a man in unusual circumstances, delightful really. Oh that all dogs should have such a life in such a place. The story is true. Merle chooses Ted to be his person, his friend. They have adventures together and a mutual respect. I learned a lot about dogs. Everyone who has a dog or wants to have one needs to read this. Everyone else needs to read it for the life lessons that carry over to all animals and all people.

Ted, if you read this, I'll be reading all your other books in time. ( )
  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
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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.

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While on a camping trip, Ted Kerasote met a dog--a Labrador mix--who was living on his own in the wild. They became attached to each other, and Kerasote decided to name the dog Merle and bring him home. There, he realized that Merle's native intelligence would be diminished by living exclusively in the human world. He put a dog door in his house so Merle could live both outside and in. This portrait of a remarkable dog and his relationship with the author explores the issues that animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine, bringing to bear the latest research into animal consciousness and behavior as well as insights into the origins and evolution of the human-dog partnership. Merle showed Kerasote how dogs might live if they were allowed to make more of their own decisions, and Kerasote suggests how these lessons can be applied universally.--From publisher description.… (more)

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