Merle's Door

Merle's Door

Lessons From A Freethinking Dog

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2007
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Merle and Ted found each other in the Utah desert. Merle was about ten months old, surviving on his own, and looking for someone 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 by 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 Kerasote takes us on the journey they shared. He explores why the dog-human bond is so intense and how people and dogs can communicate 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.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media Inc., p2007.
ISBN: 9781400153572
Branch Call Number: 636.70929 K39a
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (ca. 13 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 12, 2015

Love animal stories but the reader drove me nuts with his interpretation, despite liking his read of other books. Author has great suggestions, ideas, tips for dog lovers. I can relate to the take on (forgot the term) making animals human in looks, barks, etc. Parting with an animal companion is well written & spot on.

sundaysunday123 Jun 26, 2014

A "must read" for anyone who has a dog, who has ever owned a dog, or who is considering getting a dog. Superbly written. I love this book. I love this dog. You will learn to love your dog even more whether the dog of your dreams is with you or not. A promise.

Nov 11, 2012

DITTO to all of the comments! I absolutely loved this book. All dog owners should read it! Ted really has a deep understanding of how dogs think.

Sep 28, 2012

I loved this book. Listened to it as an audiobook and could not put it away. A must read for those who have loved a dog and have had the honour and privilege of having their pet love them back. Merle runs his own life and the lessons he teaches us can only be accomplished off leash. A wonderful read. Keep a box of tissues handy.

Apr 15, 2012

It may be a bit boring in parts, but has some very interesting observations about living with a dog. The story of Merle is well told and at the end - make sure you have kleenex.

Mar 10, 2012

carefully and well-written
emotionally touching
very informative and hopefully many will follow his training methods

Aug 29, 2011

I have to check this audio book out for the second time. The first time I must of listened to it seven times!
I makes you laugh, tears well up in some spots....but it's all intersting. And YES the narrator is excellent!
Even if your not a dog lover, you'll be entertained by this novel.

Apr 15, 2011

I couldn't agree more with the other reviewer here, cbarnes. I'd like to add though, when done listening/reading this book go to Kerasotes website and view, "Merle's Life" in photos. Try to not to let the water rise to your eyes...poignant...beautiful and full of life.

Feb 04, 2011

I highly recommend this audio book. I loved it. The narrator did an excellent job expressing the emotions, making the story enjoyable and even making the science parts interesting.

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