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Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dogby Ted Kerasote
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.
"Charming." Entertainment Weekly
"This summer's Marley." People
"Merle's Door is a compelling, insightful and tender story that opens new doors into the understanding of the nature of dogs." Bark Magazine
"Anyone who ever loved a dog will find something to enjoy in Merle's Door." The Christian Science Monitor
"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
"A truly wonderful book — iconoclastic, mind-blowing, and gorgeously written." Delia Ephron, author of Hanging Up and Frannie in Pieces
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.
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
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
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