Pukka: The Pup After Merle

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Ted Karasote - http://retrieverlife.com

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.

Pukka: the Pup After Merle (pronounced puck’ a) is a very well done “sequel” to Merle’s Door, which I did a review of earlier.  What I especially liked about Merle’s Door was the special bond that Ted had with Merle.  I wasn’t sure how Ted could produce a book as likeable or touching, yet he succeeded in a surprising way.

Pukka: The Pup After Merle is simple but powerful.  The book is more of a “picture book”.  One can read it in less than an hour (depending on how much time you spend looking at the wonderful pictures).  It’s full of delightful photos and insightful descriptions shared by Pukka through Ted – all showing the special bond between Ted and Pukka.  If not obvious in his words, most definitely obvious in the pictures, is the love and friendship they share.  I applaud Ted for his devotion to his dogs and his keen sense of what they are trying to communicate.  It makes me think of our dogs and the various routines or special things we do with each dog and it makes me hope that all people with dogs share as special a bond – to me, it’s a win-win situation.

These books remind me of my husband, Toni, who enjoys doing lots of activities with our dogs (hunting, conformation, hiking, therapy work, etc.).  Toni usually takes as many dogs as he can on his adventures as he wants them to enjoy what he enjoys.  However, for certain activities, he realizes that particular dogs don’t seem to be having as much fun as he is (this also applies to spouses); so he finds another activity that they can equally enjoy together.  We all should “listen” to our dogs more – just like any other relationship we have.  Why should the relationship be any different just because they’re a dog?

Anyone can read and enjoy this book – children and adults alike – even if you haven’t read Merle’s Door.  I may have taken more away from it having read his previous book, yet I hope it strikes a chord with everyone.  Please enjoy it and make the most of your relationship with your dogs – they are truly amazing, loving creatures.

Ted has written a follow-up book, Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs, which looks to provide more insights. I can’t wait to read it!

You can read my review of Ted’s first book Merle’s Door HERE.

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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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