- Publisher: Unknown (2007)
- ISBN-10: 1616826657
- ISBN-13: 978-1616826659
- ASIN: B000SXZW66
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merle's Door Lessons From a Freethinking Dog Kerasote Ted Hardcover – 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
Merle's Door is an engaging tome that details the author's life with this once homeless dog and how they became not only best of friends but companions on a higher plane than most people ever reach with their pets. You see, instead of always expecting Merle to listen to what he told it, author Ted Kerasote also "listened" to what Merle told him and learned from it as well.
It helps the story immensely that the author lives in a beautiful part of the country, and so the reader vicariously enjoys the numerous trips Ted and Merle take into the Tetons and other surrounding mountain ranges. Hunting, hiking, skiing, you name it, they both enjoy life together to the fullest.
Intertwined within the story is a lot of useful information about animal health and dog behavior the reader who is a pet owner should mentally file away for reference as needed. About the only thing that keeps this from being a five-star book are the fairly frequent descents into silliness. But it is clear that the author has a way with dogs and that his dog Merle becomes a very special dog indeed. Highly recommended for anyone who has a dog or just plain likes them.
The beginning, telling how Ted and Merle found each other, makes the rest of the story an outcome of that was just meant to be. The descriptions of their life in Wyoming, and the experiences Ted and Merle shared, made me want to make my life and my dog's life bigger.
This is a moving love story, with lots of considered reports of scientists' research into the nature of animals' consciousness. It is the best of both worlds, narrative and fact, entertaining and thought-provoking. It is not overly sentimental, there is an elegance to it. It is my favorite dog book.
5 bright stars
I can't thank Ted enough for sharing his experiences in this book. I've shared it with so many that the paperback is nearly worn out, so I'm buying a hardcover edition for my library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
book came in time for Christmas- a must read for animal lovers. A beautiful love story- if only we all could have this connection with another being at some point in our livesPublished 5 months ago by kirsten
just not interested in that type of book, but i have heard great reviews from others..Published 6 months ago by annette
It was excellent and I am passing it on to my brother who is a big dog lover.Published 11 months ago by Rosalie Burns
Loved the book. It was both educational as well as a tender love story between a man and his dog. Be prepared to shed a few tears but the book leaves you with a warm feeling for... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Yorkie Mom
Great book. I wanted it for my library, even tho I have listened to it on Audio and borrowed book from library. It is a keeperPublished 15 months ago by Don H.