Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
While on a camping trip, Ted Kerasote met a dog—a Labrador mix—who was living on his own in the wild. They became attached to each other, and Kerasote decided to name the dog Merle and bring him home. There, he realized that Merle’s native intelligence would be diminished by living exclusively in the human world. He put a dog door in his house so Merle could live both outside and in.
A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable dog and his relationship with the author, Merle’s Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine, bringing to bear the latest research into animal consciousness and behavior as well as insights into the origins and evolution of the human-dog partnership. Merle showed Kerasote how dogs might live if they were allowed to make more of their own decisions, and Kerasote suggests how these lessons canbe applied universally.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cleoxcat - LibraryThing
An excellent read. Sensitive without being sentimental, Merle and his owner learn much from each other. the human-animal bond is magical and mysterious. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CareBear36 - LibraryThing
This is more than just a book about a man and his dog. This is a journey of passion, dedication, and how to be in a relationship without keeping those you love on a tight lease. It is about freedom ... Read full review
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