Lessons from a Freethinking Dog
By Ted Kerasote
(Harvest Books, Paperback, 9780156034500, 398pp.)
Publication Date: April 2008
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Merle and Ted found each other in the Utah desert-- Merle was living wild and Ted was looking for a pup to keep him company. As their bond grew, Ted taught Merle how to live around wildlife, and Merle taught Ted about the benefits of letting a dog make his own decisions.
Using the latest in wolf research and exploring issues of animal consciousness and leadership and the origins of the human-dog relationship, Ted Kerasote takes us on the journey he and Merle shared. As much a love story as a story of independence and partnership, "Merle's Door "is tender, funny, and ultimately illuminating.
- Discuss the book’s epigraph, regarding the effects of captivity on a wild animal. Do Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s words apply to the lives of pets you have known? To your life? To what extent do you live on a “leash”?