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Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog


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Now including a wonderful new photo insert chronicling Merles 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, Merles Door is tender, funny, and ultimately illuminating.

About the Author

TED KERASOTE is the author of several books, including the national bestseller Merles Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog and Out There, which won the National Outdoor Book Award. His essays and photographs have appeared in Audubon, Geo, Outside, Science, the New York Times, and more than sixty other periodicals. He lives in Kelly, Wyoming.

Table of 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

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Dogs - Breeds
Kerasote, Ted
Pets : Dogs - Breeds
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Sports & Recreation : Outdoor Skills
Pets : Essays
Body, Mind & Spirit : Inspiration & Personal Growth
Publication Date:
April 2008

Related Subjects

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Pets » General
Religion » Western Religions » Inspirational
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Zoology
Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » General

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