Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Pets - 398 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

From the Wild
1
The First Dog
26
I he Synaptic Kiss
49
In the Genes
67
Building the Door
97
Into Himself
113
Top Dog
145
The Gray Cat
169
The Mayor of Kelly
234
The Alpha Pair
249
White Muzzle
270
What Do Dogs Want?
284
A Looser Leash
304
Through the Door
327
WITH MANY THANKS
363
NOTES
365

Estrogen Clouds
181
At Home in the Arms 01 the Country
194
The Problem of Me
210

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About the author (2007)

TED KERASOTE is the author of several books, including the national bestseller Merle's 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 Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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