Merle’s Door

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Merle's Door

Merle’s Door

About the Author

Ted Karasote -

Ted Kerasote

Ted Kerasote is the author of many books, including the national bestseller Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog and Out There: In The Wild in a Wired Age, 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. Focusing on the interrelationship between people and nature, Ted’s writing continues to take him from the Arctic to Africa and many places in between. He lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

For those of you that have a dog with a mind of its own (if you’re smiling right now, you are probably one of them), you will appreciate Merle’s Door. Merle, a retriever mix, takes having a “mind of its own” to a whole new level. Merle’s “partner”, and author Ted Kerasote, shares his anthropomorphic  interpretations  and translations of Merle’s actions. Kerasote tells Merle’s story by depicting how he and Merle reshaped each other and opened the door for a greater understanding of canine intelligence. He tells his story in a playful way that draws the reader into the story making it relatable, especially for someone who’s lived with animals, especially dogs.

The book depicts a time in Ted’s life in which he meets, befriends, and shares his life with Merle. Merle is a free spirit and had the opportunity to live leash-free in a small community in Wyoming. Ted explores the history of dogs, their behaviors, and domestication, etc. as he tries to understand Merle throughout the many adventrues they share. This book truly establishes that the partnership between a human and dog can be more than ever imagined.

This is a book that tugs at the emotions – makes you smile, makes you cry – and you walk away the better dog “partner” for reading it. I couldn’t wait to read about the next adventure or lesson and finished the 300-page book in the midst of busy work days. Ted and Merle continually discover new things making the book consistently unpredictable, which always kept me eager to read more. Some of Merle’s mannerisms reminded me of my own dogs. Like Bica, who puts her chin on the couch asking to clear some room for her. Or like Prada, who looks at you when you call her to come and then turns back to what she was doing. Or even Diamond, who sees me digging up weeds and helps out by digging a hole in the dirt right next to me. We all imagine what our dogs are thinking or trying to say. Merle spoke to us through Ted and Ted entertained us by being the best partner and friend that he could be. It was a truly special relationship. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I was excited to discover that the author released a follow-on book in October 2010, Pukka: The Pup After Merle. I’ve added it to my book list and you may see a future book review from me; unless readers have read it already and want to share. We’d love to hear from you.

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Lorraine has owned Labradors for over 20 years and has bred them about half that time. A good day for Lorraine is experiencing the unbridled joy of her labs greeting her (in the morning, after work, or even after a short trip to the store), witnessing the pure happiness of her labs in the field retrieving or exploring on a hike, and snuggling with (or under) them on the couch at night. A great day is a good day (just described) plus having a litter of puppies around!

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