Merle's Door

Merle's Door

Lessons From A Freethinking Dog

Book - 2007
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Merle and Ted found each other in the Utah desert. Merle was about ten months old, on his own, and looking for someone to hang his heart on. Ted was forty-one, liked to write about animals, and had been searching for a pup he could shape into a companion. The training went both ways. Ted showed Merle how to live around wildlife, and Merle reshaped Ted's ideas about the complexity of a dog's mind by showing him how a dog's intelligence could be expanded. Acting as Merle's translator, Ted Kerasote takes us on the journey they shared. Book jacket.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9781410402752
Characteristics: 649 p. (lg. print) ; 23 cm.


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Jan 16, 2019

Big book, slow read; 380 pgs.
This author gives us a deep insight into the "human-dog" bond including the behaviors of each, communicating with each other, dog and person, facing challenges of living near to a natural environment/wilderness.
I stopped reading at pg 81, only because it's such a big book. Might get it again.

Dec 01, 2018

Fun book. It's funny and clever. I like how it is a story but also has scientific theories and stuff like that. Merle's "talking" is also quite funny. I recommend this. Nice job, Ted!

Apr 22, 2017

Dog lover that I am this book keeps coming back to my mind more than hardly any books. I did read his other book too, that went into selecting a new dog, health of dogs, producing dog food etc. Thick book but good.

Sep 29, 2014

The stories of the "free thinking" dog in this book are priceless! I've been told many tales of my parents' dogs while they were growing up, and sometimes they seemed unbelievable. However, when the stories were told, they never changed, and many family members agreed. Family dogs used to be able to roam freely, and were a lot more intelligent than the pets we have today because of it. Both of my parents had dogs that would go to the local grocery store with a list attached to their collar and bring back the items in a bag or basket. Everyone in the town knew them by name. If other dogs approached them to take it away, they would defend themselves and then carry on home with the untouched food. It is unbelievable by today's standards of how a city dog acts. I'm glad that this author was able to share his stories with the world, so that others can see how valuable "free thinking" dogs can be.

May 16, 2014

tear jerker. Good if you love dogs and a bit of anarchy.

Apr 03, 2014

A beautiful relationship between dog and human, with all respect and love.

imalibrarian Dec 04, 2012

The best "dog book" you'll ever read. The true story of a man and his dog -- their meeting, their life together, their love for each other. Heartbreaking but well worth your broken heart.

Mar 22, 2012

A very fun, amusing and adventurous read! This book tells both a story of how one man ran into a dog (and how that would forever change his circumstances) and at the same time an all-around history of dog and man. The combination of science and fact with comedic anecdotes makes this book addictive. Some hardcore dog experts may question a few of the opinions of said author in the novel (especially considering the author raised his dog in a rural area, and some of his approaches may not work at all for an urban pet owner), but it is a refreshing point of view. Recommended for all pet lovers.

Feb 04, 2011

I loved this book. I listened to the cds and the narrator did an excellent job expressing the feelings and ideas. Even the parts about the research were interesting to listen to. The book was enjoyable to read as well.

Apr 29, 2008

Attention all dog lovers here is yet another humorous, jubilant and touching story of the relationship between a man and his dog. Ted Kerasote was camping, kayaking and rafting down the San Juan River with friends when a big golden dog (he names Merle) came out of the night seemingly from nowhere into their campsite. Kerasote proceeds to relate the next 13 years of Merle's life with him while exploring the science behind canine behavior and evolution weaving in research on the human - canine bond and musing on the way dogs see the world. A must read if you enjoyed Marley and Me by John Grogan and books by James Herriot and Jon Katz.


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imalibrarian Dec 04, 2012

The best "dog book" you'll ever encounter. Merle is a 10-month old pup living on his own in the wild who becomes the author's best friend. The two have years of outdoor life, adventure and love -- their story is interwoven with fascinating research info about wolves and dogs. The author's theory was that letting Merle, or any dog, make their own decisions makes for a smarter, better dog. Heartbreaking but well worth your broken heart!


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