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.
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.
sentina, July 17, 2012 (view all comments by sentina)
One of the best dog stories, with one of the memorable and moving endings, that I've ever read. Combining scientific knowledge with an animal-lover's insight, the author takes us inside both his own mind and that of the dog, Merle's. You will know without a doubt that your feeling that dogs and humans communicate deeply and instinctively with each other, with the natural ability to feel similar emotions, is absolutely correct.
I particularly like that the male author expresses such depth of emotion about his dog, because I come from a family in which it is considered unmanly and sneer-worthy to love dogs (and other animals). I think of many of the significant parts of this book, and it strengthens me against their scorn.
Mr. Kerasote said he was looking for a wife, who turned out to be a friend instead. I imagined shouting, "I'll marry you!" I would love to be close to men like this.
This is one of the very few books that I have bought new in many years; it is so worth it.
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.
by Entertainment Weekly,
"This summer's Marley."
by Bark Magazine,
"Merle's Door is a compelling, insightful and tender story that opens new doors into the understanding of the nature of dogs."
by The Christian Science Monitor,
"Anyone who ever loved a dog will find something to enjoy in Merle's Door."
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 Delia Ephron, author of Hanging Up and Frannie in Pieces,
"A truly wonderful book — iconoclastic, mind-blowing, and gorgeously written."
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.
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