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Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

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ISBN13: 9781400103577
ISBN10: 1400103576
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Publisher Comments:

Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Laborador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively in the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in.

A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine, and presents the latest research into animal behavior as well as the origins and evolution of human-dog interaction. Merle showed Kerasote how dogs might live were they free; Kerasote suggests how they should be allowed to live, and the doors that should always remain open to them.

Review:

"Kerasote, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, draws on inspirational experiences with his beloved canine companion, Merle, and extensive research in animal behavior to advance the notion that living in harmony with our dogs requires us to embrace — rather than suppress — their natural instincts. Patrick Lawlor delivers an animated performance, both literally and figuratively. His renderings of Merle's incessant pants of enthusiasm evoke the essence of canine loyalty. Lawlor successfully navigates the potentially tricky terrain of the book's anthropomorphism. He gives voice to Kerasote's human interpretations of Merle's expressions and behaviors in a manner that manages to preserve a healthy measure of mystery and wonder. Lawlor does slightly over-reach with regard to his performance of relatively extraneous human dialogue, especially some of the ethnic accents of experts that Kerasote quotes in the text. While not all pet owners may be able to grant the degree of freedom that Kerasote afforded Merle, this heartwarming story will still manage to enlighten and entertain fans of four-legged memoirs. Simultaneous release with the Harcourt hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 9). (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Kerasote explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine. He also presents the latest research into animal behavior as well as the origins and evolution of human-dog interaction. Unabridged. 10 CDs.

Synopsis:

A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine. Author Ted Kerasote presents the latest research into animal behavior as well as the origins and evolution of human-dog interaction. Kerasote's adopted Labrador mix, Merle, showed the author how dogs might live were they free; the author suggests how they should be allowed to live and the doors that should always remain open to them.

About the Author

TED KERASOTE 's writing has appeared in more than fifty periodicals, including "Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Field and 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.

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GALE, December 13, 2007 (view all comments by GALE)
If you love animals, nature and the outdoors this book will absolutely captivate you! Merle's Door is very special! You won't be able to put it down or stop listening to it. (I particularly enjoyed the CD version.) Ted's writing skills 'take you there' with his amazing attentention to detail! We liked it so much, I went on to purchase all of Ted's other books and have not been disappointed in a single one!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400103577
Publisher:
Tantor Audio
Location:
Old Saybrook
Read by:
Lawlor, Patrick Girard
Read:
Lawlor, Patrick Girard
Narrated by:
Lawlor, Patrick Girard
Narrated:
Lawlor, Patrick
Narrated:
Lawlor, Patrick Girard
Author:
Kerasote, Ted
Author:
Lawlor, Patrick
Subject:
Dogs - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
PETS / General
Subject:
General Body, Mind and Spirit
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.6 lb
Media Run Time:
720

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Product details pages Tantor Media - English 9781400103577 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Kerasote, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, draws on inspirational experiences with his beloved canine companion, Merle, and extensive research in animal behavior to advance the notion that living in harmony with our dogs requires us to embrace — rather than suppress — their natural instincts. Patrick Lawlor delivers an animated performance, both literally and figuratively. His renderings of Merle's incessant pants of enthusiasm evoke the essence of canine loyalty. Lawlor successfully navigates the potentially tricky terrain of the book's anthropomorphism. He gives voice to Kerasote's human interpretations of Merle's expressions and behaviors in a manner that manages to preserve a healthy measure of mystery and wonder. Lawlor does slightly over-reach with regard to his performance of relatively extraneous human dialogue, especially some of the ethnic accents of experts that Kerasote quotes in the text. While not all pet owners may be able to grant the degree of freedom that Kerasote afforded Merle, this heartwarming story will still manage to enlighten and entertain fans of four-legged memoirs. Simultaneous release with the Harcourt hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 9). (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Kerasote explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine. He also presents the latest research into animal behavior as well as the origins and evolution of human-dog interaction. Unabridged. 10 CDs.
"Synopsis" by ,
A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine. Author Ted Kerasote presents the latest research into animal behavior as well as the origins and evolution of human-dog interaction. Kerasote's adopted Labrador mix, Merle, showed the author how dogs might live were they free; the author suggests how they should be allowed to live and the doors that should always remain open to them.
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