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Merle's Door Audiobook

Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

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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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    Emily Ruth Logan, Ut, United States 02-18-15
    Emily Ruth Logan, Ut, United States 02-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A life changing story."

    The story of Merle and Ted transformed my once troubled relationship I had with my own dog. He has since passed away, but because of reading this book, I had a deeper understanding of our relationship. He was such a vital influence in my life, and I am grateful to this book for opening a whole new world, that I otherwise might never have even known was possible.

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    MMM 02-11-15
    MMM 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story...stay's with you forever!"
    Would you listen to Merle's Door again? Why?

    Yes, just a great read. Very enjoyable.


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

    The end when he sings to his dog...I still replay that scene.


    Did Patrick Lawlor do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Narration was not great, but I got over it easily once I fell into the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There once was a dog named Merle...


    Any additional comments?

    A truly wonderful book.

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    Christy Thompson 02-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful Love Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Merle's Door the most enjoyable?

    Beautiful words and one of the best love stories I've heard


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

    The new door response


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Awesome narration


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

    Reminded me of beautiful relationships w/ my dogs ... one in particular when I was single and hiking a lot w/ one of my great loves: Sunni ... a stray that found me at a gas station. She had so much soul in her eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    Also, reminded me to love each moment w/ my three dogs now. Once stray dogs, now wonderful friends.

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    Terrence 02-04-15
    Terrence 02-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I fell in love with Merle - and Ted too"

    Wonderful story about a man and his dog and the love they had for each other. I also believe that dogs are far smarter and have deep emotional lives that they share with us. I want to thank Ted for sharing his love story and teaching us how to treat out dogs. Also wanted to say the reader was fantastic. I love how he portrayed Merle's voice, panting, ext. Great book for those of us who are in love with our dogs!

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    Colleen Texas 01-07-15
    Colleen Texas 01-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A very good story"

    I'm contracting a carpenter to install a dog door now. Written and narrated with a heartfelt love of this dog.

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    Ann 08-31-14
    Ann 08-31-14
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    "Excellent narration, good story"

    This story about the relationship between a man and the pup he adopted when he found him running loose in the wilderness is a great, non-dramatic account of their life together. Merle, the dog, is very independent but lets his owner adopt him and together they experience fantastic hikes, hunts, skiing outings and even city life, briefly. The narrator, Patrick Lawlor, does a brilliant job in letting the flavor of the story come through without forcing emotions or vocal contrivances. He moves it along at a nice pace and his delivery is straightforward. The story had many interludes history, biology lessons, dog behavior lessons, and other scientifically-based topics. These I did not find interesting, and the text dragged a bit. However, I found it did lend credibility to the author in how he related to Merle. Letting Merle roam at liberty around the small village where they lived, and the installation of the doggy door that let Merle come and go as he pleased without having a fenced yard, were things I greatly admired because of the trust each had in the other. It was a really good listen.

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    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 12-05-12
    Leslie-Ann Oshawa, ON, Canada 12-05-12

    “I am the wife to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys. I'm all about the dog stories fiction or non!

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

    Not sure I didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    One of THE best books I have ever read! It made me run the gammet of emotion and I learned something too. The relationship the author had with his dog is one that we all strive to have. I would HIGHLY recommend that everyone who loves, has loved, wants to love a dog read this book. Thank-you Ted Kerasote for writing such an inspirational story!


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

    He was an amazing judge of the characters in the book and captured them very well! I enjoyed his reading very much!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How we all want to love a dog!


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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."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Merle's Door to be better than the print version?

    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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