By Ted Kerasote
- Pub. Date: July 2007
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- ISBN-13: 9781615535170
- Hardcover, 416pp
From the author’s website: “Merle and Ted found each other in the Utah desert. Merle was about ten months old, surviving on his own, and looking for a human to hang his heart on. Ted was forty-one, liked to write about animals, and had been searching for a pup whom he could shape into a companion. The training went both ways. Ted showed Merle how to live around wildlife, and Merle reshaped Ted’s ideas about the complexity of a dog’s mind, showing him how a dog’s intelligence could be expanded by allowing it to make more of its own decisions.
Acting as Merle’s translator, and using Merle’s life and lessons as a door into the world of dogs, Ted takes us on the journey they shared. He explores why the dog-human bond is so intense and how people and dogs communicate so readily with each other. He also uses the latest wolf research—showing that wolves treat maturing pups as partners rather than as subordinates—to explain how sharing leadership with your dog, rather than being its alpha, can help to create a healthier, more self-reliant, and better-socialized companion.
Funny, fascinating, and tender, Merle’s Door is a moving love story that reveals how the partnership between dogs and humans can become far more than we have imagined.”
I am crying even now as I think of this book. I normally would not have read this book because I knew it would be a tear-jerker and boy was it ever. A friend of mine gave it to me to read from her husband, so I felt compelled to give it a try.
It was an excellent story. Endearing, funny, fascinating and packed full of information, it led me into a world of people who live much closer to nature and animals. This is a must read for dog “owners” and dog lovers. You will never look at your puppy the same way again. It validated my belief that pets are members of the family and not objects of domination.
Just before sure you have a full box of tissues for the ending.
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Today is the second day of NaNoWriMo 2009.
Target word count today: 1,667 words.
Yesterday’s word count 1,867.
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For novels completed in previous years, as they came off of my fingertips:
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