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Merle's Door Audiobook

Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Labrador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in. A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face.
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Publisher's Summary

Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Labrador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in.

A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine and presents the latest research into animal behavior, as well as the origins and evolution of human-dog interaction. Merle showed Kerasote how dogs might live were they free; Kerasote suggests how they should be allowed to live, and the doors that should always remain open to them.

©2007 Ted Kerasote; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Informative....Kerasote gives readers much to consider that will enrich their own relationships with their pets....Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Ellen Rigby, ID, United States 08-12-12
    Ellen Rigby, ID, United States 08-12-12

    I like to listen to just about anything that has some enjoyable content. I like to listen on my way to and from work, sitting under a tree, on my way to sleep. Imagination is my best friend when it comes to listening to a good book!

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    "A dog to his own life."
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    Merle had a life to his own. He allows his human friend along for the life. I can just see and hear his singing, and skiing with his friend. I live in Idaho and know all of the places they were together. Great fun, and sadness!!! Why does the animal always have to die???


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Merle's Door?

    Merle skiing down the mountain and Teton pass with his human friend.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    imagination and mental pictures so clear.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh and cry!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to meet Ted, the gentleman that was brave enough to tell such a personal story.

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    K. L. Huver 07-08-12
    K. L. Huver 07-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I did not want to let go of this story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have, and to other dog trainers, but only if you want to cry. He is so over the top with his anthropomorphism, and yet it was ok because he was fully knowledgeable of this fact.


    What other book might you compare Merle's Door to and why?

    This is not just a story about a dog it is so full of actual knowledge in animal behavior. I could not compare it to another book on behavior but the author obviously did his research on up to date science.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I only wished that dogs never grow old and it was only a story. Not real life that had to end. It ended as it should have, as real life does, but I could have stopped in the middle and forever remembered that dog living his beautiful life in the country, hunting and hanging out with his friends.


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    Robin Myerstown, PA, United States 07-03-12
    Robin Myerstown, PA, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Heartwarming & Fun!"
    What made the experience of listening to Merle's Door the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed listening to the authors thoughts on Merle's expressions and what Merle was thinking!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Merle! He has such personality even someone who does not like dogs would surely love Merle.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Picturing Merle "skiing" down the powder slope.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Towards the end of Merles life when he was having health problems I was in tears. I could feel the loss as if he were my dog.


    Any additional comments?

    If you now love or ever loved a dog, you must read this book!

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    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 05-28-12
    Yvonne Newfield, NY, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Informative and all inclusive"

    I enjoyed the story and the lessons in it. Initially it threw me off a bit, but as time went on I did enjoy the story that became actually all inclusive, where the author played as much as a role in the development as the dog. It was long, but for an audiobook on long trips it served me well. Loved it, yes!

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    Brenda 04-25-12
    Brenda 04-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Lesson In Life"
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    I was very surprised by this book. It teaches much more than one would think. Very good storyline, that will leave you with thoughts and lessons. Well worth the time... sometimes it could get a little techy, but I was glad that I stuck with it.


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    Medina 03-16-12
    Medina 03-16-12

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    "The absolute best dog story I have ever read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Merle's Door to be better than the print version?

    One of those


    What other book might you compare Merle's Door to and why?

    So far, though not closely, Until Tuesday and Dancing in the Rain.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

    The human companion of Merle.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book is particularly moving.


    Any additional comments?

    The highest recommended read by far.

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    Sheila Gibsonville, NC, United States 11-13-11
    Sheila Gibsonville, NC, United States 11-13-11
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    "Merle rocks!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Merle was the star of the book. The book made you feel as if you could reach out and pet Merle and follow everything that he was doing.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He was Merle's voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had to stop listening to the book at one point because I was in a public place and couldn't cry in front of everyone. After several days, I was able to listen to the rest of the book and enjoy every word.


    Any additional comments?

    The book successfully captured his personality and quirks. The relationship between Merle and his human companion was beautiful.

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    Randy 11-12-11
    Randy 11-12-11
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    "I learned a lot from this"

    As a dog lover and person who loves the outdoors, I found this a fascinating and illuminating read. I will purchase it for several friends who I know will be engaged by Merle's interesting personality and the research that explains so many characteristics of companion dogs. The end got a little 'over the top' but overall a very good book.

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    Lauren Brookline, MA, United States 11-11-11
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    "WONDERFUL!!"

    An absolutely wonderful true story. Enjoyed it very much. A must listen for any dog lover.

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    Marcia 10-14-10
    Marcia 10-14-10
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    "A truly inspiring story!"

    I loved this book. I am a dog lover, but not a dog owner, and have read and listened to every dog book I have been able to get my hands on for years. This is certainly one of the best. Merle was definitely an amazing dog and Ted Kerasote did a truly wonderful and insightful job in describing their life together. It is unfortunate that not all of us -- people and dogs -- can live in Kelly, Wyoming where the dogs can run free and the people can enjoy their dogs, each other and the wilderness in such a wonderful setting. It is one of the reasons that, as a city dweller, I don't have a dog. The ending was sad and heart warming at the same time. I don't know who was the luckier one because of the wonderful life they were able to share for so many years -- Merle or Ted. It was a truly inspiring story.

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