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Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog Paperback – April 21, 2008
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Ted Kerasote is to writers what Mozart is to composers. His writing is that good. If he were to write about how the grass grew in his yard over summer, I have no doubt it would be a page-turner.
But that's not the story he wrote. This story is so much more. This unforgettable story begins when a big golden dog emerges from the dark to introduce himself to a small group of people camping in the desert. One of those people was Ted Kerasote, and the dog went home with him. As the story unfolds, we are taken on an amazing journey that goes well beyond "a boy and his dog."
Good relationships are built on mutual respect, and this relationship was better than most. This book is the story of that relationship. These two were the best of friends, and this account of their life together shows how each grew and learned from the other. Love, patience, and understanding are evident throughout the book.
At times, this book is humorous, and at other times it's instructive. But always, it's interesting. One of the lessons Merle taught Ted was that great things can happen if humans will change their behavior instead of always trying to change the behavior of their dogs. The prevailing wisdom is that dogs must be trained and molded a certain way, and treated as though they have no independent powers of judgment. Merle proved this isn't so wise.
The problem is that people don't let their dogs grow up. They make the dog into a perpetual child, and then are surprised when anxiety surfaces in the form of behavior problems. But how would you feel if you always had someone telling you what to do, and not letting you make any decisions on your own?Read more ›
Bravo!! Well written. 5 stars. I loved it. I wish I had known Merle.
I also admire a tale about letting your dog be a DOG and not treating it like a stuffed animal....i.e. carrying it around in a pocketbook like a fashion accessory. I only wish I could provide my dogs with a mountain range teeming with wildlife and a town full of other friendly people and dogs to romp with off leash.
I was literally sobbing at the end, and I felt this book opened my eyes in the sense that it brings home a point we all know but seldom think about. Life is so, so short for all of us, and if we pay attention, we can make sure our time on this earth is filled with happiness, earth shattering love, beauty, peace, and deep meaning if we let it.
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Really enjoyed this in many aspects. The love for a dog, the life with him and the meticulous care provided him to ensure a life well lived was inspiring.Published 2 days ago by VALERIE L. HEINE
Not only heart warming symbiotic relationship but a real appreciation and respect of the dog. I especially loved all the information about the evolution of dogs, dogs' health,... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Donna Clary
One of the best books ever about the bond of a dog and his person! Buy extra tissues and keep them handy!Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
A very special story. Anyone who has had a relationship with a "free thinking" dog can relate. Read morePublished 18 days ago by broudebu
The best book about how a dogs should be and how to make it happen. A great read a about having a best friend in a dog.Published 25 days ago by Paul Franks