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 - JenniferRobb - LibraryThing
The story of a man (Ted) and his dog (Merle). It begins when Merle finds Ted and friends getting ready to go on a river trip and ends when Merle is about 14 years old. (He dies.) In between are ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Rascalstar - LibraryThing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ted's writing style is easy to read and interesting. This is about a dog and a man in unusual circumstances, delightful really. Oh that all dogs should have such a life ... Read full review
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