mudd.bartlett, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by mudd.bartlett)
this story really opened up my mind just how smart a dog can be if you really take the time to understand how the dog thinks in his/her own way and just how devoted they will become to you if you just let them be them. It greatly moved me I had the kleenex box out a number of times. Im a cat owner but I love dogs and all animals. But the way this story was written, it was like a beautiful love story which in a way it was just that. I have already told many people about this book and how they just have to read it!!! sandy
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Jackie Collins, February 26, 2009 (view all comments by Jackie Collins)
When I was nine, our teacher read us "Where the Red Fern Grows" while we rested after recess. I was so moved by the book, I can still envision the room, and see all of us crying, our teacher included. Not since then have I cried so much over a book, unable to lay it down and walk away. I grew up in the country with animals as my soul-mates, so I know of what Ted Kerasote speaks. It's just that he's been able to put into words a connection with animals I thought indescribable. I finished the book over two weeks ago, and yet, I find my eyes misting every time I think of it. And, I miss Merle and want him back.
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Margie, February 19, 2009 (view all comments by Margie)
As the author found, if you want a true companion in an animal, let the animal come to you instead of searching them out. An animal's sense of rightness in a relationship is often much better than a human's and, yet, we are supposed to be the evolved creatures. Two of my best dogs came purely by chance and I have decided that when Harley, the last of my "chance" dogs, dies I will simply wait for the next one to appear when the time is right. A beautiful story.
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peanut726, December 8, 2008 (view all comments by peanut726)
A friend loaned me Merle's Door. I had not read a book in years. This book haunted me for months after finishing it and still gives me chills when I tell anyone about it. A beautifully poignant story of a dog's life with the lucky individual that found him. Ted Kerasote outdid himself with this story. A must read for all.
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Patu18, June 19, 2008 (view all comments by Patu18)
When I finished the book (in tears) all I could think of was: This is not fair...I wish I could meet Merle! Not only did Ted have an amazing dog but they had a companionship that most of us can't even have with friends and family! But this is not only a story about Merle, it gives insights into dogs minds, teaches life lessons and how to improve our relationship with people, animals and nature. It's a mind opening book!
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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.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Humorous, jubilant and touching by turns, this story of the relationship between man and dog is informed by the author's grasp of animal research and his attachment to Merle, a stray dog he adopted. A Labrador mix, Merle first appeared while the author was on a camping trip. Kerasote (Out There: In the Wild in a Wired Age), an award-winning nature writer, decided to take his canine friend home to rural Wyoming. This chronicle of their 13 years together is interspersed with studies by animal behaviorists that strengthened Kerasote's desire to see Merle as a responsible individual rather than a submissive pet. Merle set his own eating schedule (though not without early mishap), refused to hunt birds (although not elks) and, according to the author, possessed a range of emotions and sentiments similar to those of humans. Kerasote tends to anthropomorphize Merle's every look and movement, but this narrative is entertaining and Kerasote's strong love for Merle and enthusiasm for life in the wild will win over many readers. Kerasote's joyous relationship with Merle is balanced by a bittersweet account of a close relationship the author had with Alison, a neighbor and fellow dog owner. Kerasote's last weeks with the dying Merle are beautifully rendered. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A thoughtful look at animal intelligence and the human-dog connection."
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs,
"It is no exaggeration to say that Merle's Door could be the best book ever written about dogs."
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of Dogs Never Lie About Love,
"Kerasote has created a whole new work of art. Merle's Door is the best, the most utterly compelling translation of dog to human I have ever seen. A terrific book, a superb book, I can't think of a single other book that conveys the love of a human for a dog so well."
by Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation,
"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."
by Dr. Bruce Fogle, DVM, author of The Dog's Mind,
"Merle's Door is a love story for grown-ups—an intense reciprocal relationship between a dog and his man, and how we and our dogs genuinely share feelings and emotions."
by Juliet Clutton-Brock, author of A Natural History of Domesticated Mammals,
"Merle's Door is a joyous, sad, gripping, and deeply moving testament to the fulfilling relationship that can grow between human and dog."
by Stanley Coren, author of How Dogs Think and The Intelligence of Dogs,
"To be entertained and educated at the same time is rare in dog books, which makes this one definitely worth reading."
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, Merles Door is tender, funny, and ultimately illuminating.
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