Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ted Kerasote
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Essays & Anthologies
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: July 2007
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Laborador 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 in 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.

Reviews (2)

only for the serious dog fanatic

Written by Peggy Stortz on December 2nd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Although I'm quite nuts about my dogs, this book got a bit long. Interesting, but I recommend the abridged version.

A man and his dog

Written by Brett from Sunnyvale, CA on February 4th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Ted loves his dog and treats him as an equal. Even though they are obviously different species, they are best friends and both work and play together well. They hike, hunt, fish, socialize and even ski together. And Merle becomes the 'mayor' of his town making his rounds each day visiting people and other dogs. The story of Merle is interesting, engrossing and moving. The intertwined research of dogs can sometimes be dry and long winded, but the story itself is worth a listen. The lessons learned are mostly lessons about dogs taken from Ted's experience with Merle. This book is really not a life lesson for people, but more a lesson about dogs, how to treat them, what they want, and how to provide an environment that dogs would really enjoy.

Author Details

Author Details

Kerasote, Ted

TED KERASOTE is the author of many books, including the national bestseller "Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog" and "Out There", which won the National Outdoor Book Award. His essays and photographs have appeared in Audubon, Geo, Outside, Science, the New York Times, and more than sixty other periodicals. This is Pukka's first book.