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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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A great book for dog lovers

Let me first state that I love my dogs - I view them as members of my family. I believe that dogs have very distinct personalities and can communicate with humans and other animals.. If you feel that way about your dog - then you will love this book - you will laugh and cry - and wish that you too had met Merle. If you view a dog as a pet and not part of the family - then skip this book. This is a very personal insight into Ted and Merle's relationship.

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  • Wm.
  • Concrete, WA, United States
  • 07-15-09

truly great read for animal lovers.

This is a truly great biography of a super dog. It is a little long on the history and biology of all dogs, and the author dwells a little too much on the sex life of this "fixed" male. This is limited to a small segment near the end of the first halve of the book.
Other wise this would be a full five stars from me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The biography of a great dog

This is a wonderful audio book. The narration is great, and the author does a terrific job of telling the story of Merle's life. He clearly spent a lot of time researching the ways that dogs communicate with each other and how they relate to people. He and Merle clearly benefited from his efforts--and it makes for interesting listening

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  • Frank
  • Rosemount, MN, USA
  • 09-10-08

If you own a dog....

If you own a dog, you will love this book. If you don't own one, you will be tempted to get one. Kerasote gives you the "new owners" issues and how their family dealt with them. You learn to love the Merle, in spite of himself, and it is a portal into the lives of this couple as they adopt, grow and adjust to having Merle in their lives. Very touching story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mari
  • Farmington, MN, United States
  • 08-04-08

An uplifting, joyful story that touches your soul.

This was one of the best books that I have gotten yet. It made me laugh, cry, and appreciate my dogs more for the pure joy they give. Its a must for every dog lover out there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Love

This is the best dog-love story I have read since a long-ago childhood. Some may think that Kerasote overdoes it, but my heart was with him and Merle every step of the way. A touching and inspiring story, beautifully read by Patrick Lawlor.

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  • Diane
  • Thornton, CO, USA
  • 10-30-07

Dog of my dreams

This book is a must-read for dog lovers. It's filled with information woven smoothly around adventures and poignant moments shared between a writer and the dog of his dreams.

I loved Kelly, Wyoming, Gray Cat and Merle's adventures as the Mayor. The ending was inevitable, I knew, but the respect and love between Ted and Merle were the feelings that have lingered with me. Don't miss this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Melinda
  • Grass Valley, CA, USA
  • 09-10-07

The Best

I can add nothing else to what has already been said....It is the
Best Book I've ever listened to...Bravo!! Have a big box of kleenex
on hand.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nola
  • Laguna Hills, CA, USA
  • 08-13-07

Best dog story ever

I've heard or read most of the dog stories available and this is the best! The author understands the non-human communications (panting, barking, circling) of Merle plus he respects Merle's dog-world-view that I've often seen and admired. What if our eyes were noses (primary scent-organs) - a 3-dimensional (add time) view of the world. Anyone who has shared their life with a dog should hear/read Merle's Door!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unforgettable

Ted Kerasote has given us the unforgettable story of his life with his dog Merle. I agree with another reviewer, that this book has made me rethink how I think about my dogs and all the other dogs I come in contact with. I'll carry Ted's images of Merle with me now too. The narrator was just wonderful, evoking the tones of a man who really loves his dog.

Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful