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Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog Paperback – April 21, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is THE best dog book I've ever read (and I've read a lot of them). Highly recommend for any dog lover!Published 1 hour ago by Molly A
A wonderful life Merle had in Wyoming. A real treasure by a fabulous guardianPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really good story of a man and his dog. Intersting that they hunted together - sometimes. Sad that we have to share the dogs ending. I just don't think its necessary.Published 20 days ago by Nora M
The best, most informative nonfiction dog book I've ever read. All the people with whom I've shared it actually phoned me upon finishing it to tell me that it was everything I'd... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Ruth L. Barrens
I ordered this book to give as a gift to a dear friend. I was so touched by it when I originally read it and when I came across it knew I had to get it for my friend. Read morePublished 1 month ago by perugirl
A most sensitively written book. I loved every reading moment and experienced all the joys and wonders and sorrows contained in this marvellous book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Helga Hoppes
This is a great book for all those that love dogs. Reading is will make you laugh, cry and remember those "friends" that left too soon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ami