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.
"Informative....Kerasote gives readers much to consider that will enrich their own relationships with their pets....Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
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.
Yes, just a great read. Very enjoyable.
The end when he sings to his dog...I still replay that scene.
Narration was not great, but I got over it easily once I fell into the story.
There once was a dog named Merle...
A truly wonderful book.
Beautiful words and one of the best love stories I've heard
The new door response
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.
Also, reminded me to love each moment w/ my three dogs now. Once stray dogs, now wonderful friends.
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!
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.
“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!
Not sure I didn't read the print version.
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!
He was an amazing judge of the characters in the book and captured them very well! I enjoyed his reading very much!
How we all want to love a dog!
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!
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???
Merle skiing down the mountain and Teton pass with his human friend.
imagination and mental pictures so clear.
Laugh and cry!!!
I would love to meet Ted, the gentleman that was brave enough to tell such a personal story.
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.
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.
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.
I really enjoyed listening to the authors thoughts on Merle's expressions and what Merle was thinking!
Merle! He has such personality even someone who does not like dogs would surely love Merle.
Picturing Merle "skiing" down the powder slope.
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.
If you now love or ever loved a dog, you must read this book!
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