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Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

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ISBN13: 9780156034500
ISBN10: 0156034506
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Staff Pick

Because I love dogs, Merle's Door was my favorite book this year. Merle lives with his owner, Ted, in the Grand Tetons. (He "found" Ted on one of Ted's many hunting explorations.) This book is a beautiful record of the relationship of a true wilderness man with an amazing dog.
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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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"Charming." Entertainment Weekly

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"This summer's Marley." People

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"Merle's Door is a compelling, insightful and tender story that opens new doors into the understanding of the nature of dogs." Bark Magazine

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"Anyone who ever loved a dog will find something to enjoy in Merle's Door." The Christian Science Monitor

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"Merle's Door is a window into the mind of a dog. You will experience his loyalty, fears, and joys and his true inner self. Everybody who loves dogs must read this book." Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

Review:

"A truly wonderful book — iconoclastic, mind-blowing, and gorgeously written." Delia Ephron, author of Hanging Up and Frannie in Pieces

Synopsis:

Using the latest in wolf research and exploring issues of animal consciousness, leadership, and the origins of the human-dog relationship, Kerasote takes readers on the journey shared with a dog he found in a Utah desert.

Synopsis:

Merle and Ted found each other in the Utah desert — Merle living wild and Ted looking for a pup to shape into a companion. But the training went both ways.

Ted taught Merle how to live around wildlife and Merle taught Ted that a dog grows more intelligent when allowed to make his own decisions. Their journey is part buddy adventure, part love story, and part insightful explanation of how sharing leadership with your dog will make him a better best friend.

About the Author

Ted Kersote's writing has appeared in more than fifty periodicals, including Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Field & Stream, Salon, and the New York Times. His most recent book, Out There: In the Wild in a Wired Age, won the National Outdoor Book Award. He lives in Wyoming.

Table of Contents

contents

prologue              xiii

chapter 1: From the Wild     1

chapter 2: The First Dog     26

chapter 3: The Synaptic Kiss                49

chapter 4: In the Genes        67

chapter 5: Building the Door               97

chapter 6: Growing Into Himself         113

chapter 7: Top Dog              145

chapter 8: The Gray Cat      169

chapter 9: Estrogen Clouds 181

chapter 10: At Home in the Arms of the Country 194

chapter 11: The Problem of Me           210

chapter 12: The Mayor of Kelly           234

chapter 13: The Alpha Pair  249

chapter 14: White Muzzle     270

chapter 15: What Do Dogs Want?       284

chapter 16: A Looser Leash 304

chapter 17:t-family: 'Times New Roman'" The First Passing              313

chapter 18: Through the Door             327

with many thanks                363

notes      365

index      381

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george hellmann, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by george hellmann)
The "best" book about the "best" dog!
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Alyson W, January 12, 2013 (view all comments by Alyson W)
Merle's Door grabs you and doesn't let go, while following a dog that found his master and loved being without a leash. It's told from the POV of the dog, Merle. His door opens to a world where he makes his rounds and some of his "friends" come through the door to visit in his home. The author has contributed articles to Outside magaine.
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magnawat, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by magnawat)
Not a new book, but new to me and I hear Ted's got another coming out soon. I can't wait. Merle's Door is a beautiful, funny, poingent, inspiring story of a Dog and his man. How I wish I could let my Loki live this life. If you love your dog and you know s/he is so much more than just a dog, you'll love this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156034500
Author:
Kerasote, Ted
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Author:
Galen, Russell
Subject:
Outdoor Skills
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Dogs - Breeds
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Human-animal relationships
Subject:
Dogs - Wyoming
Subject:
PETS / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
One 8-page black-and-white photo insert
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.31 in

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Product details 416 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156034500 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Because I love dogs, Merle's Door was my favorite book this year. Merle lives with his owner, Ted, in the Grand Tetons. (He "found" Ted on one of Ted's many hunting explorations.) This book is a beautiful record of the relationship of a true wilderness man with an amazing dog.

"Review" by , "Charming."
"Review" by , "This summer's Marley."
"Review" by , "Merle's Door is a compelling, insightful and tender story that opens new doors into the understanding of the nature of dogs."
"Review" by , "Anyone who ever loved a dog will find something to enjoy in Merle's Door."
"Review" by , "Merle's Door is a window into the mind of a dog. You will experience his loyalty, fears, and joys and his true inner self. Everybody who loves dogs must read this book."
"Review" by , "A truly wonderful book — iconoclastic, mind-blowing, and gorgeously written."
"Synopsis" by , Using the latest in wolf research and exploring issues of animal consciousness, leadership, and the origins of the human-dog relationship, Kerasote takes readers on the journey shared with a dog he found in a Utah desert.
"Synopsis" by , Merle and Ted found each other in the Utah desert — Merle living wild and Ted looking for a pup to shape into a companion. But the training went both ways.

Ted taught Merle how to live around wildlife and Merle taught Ted that a dog grows more intelligent when allowed to make his own decisions. Their journey is part buddy adventure, part love story, and part insightful explanation of how sharing leadership with your dog will make him a better best friend.

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