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Merle's Door

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Merle's Door

Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

By Ted Kerasote

Harvest Books, Paperback, 9780156034500, 398pp.

Publication Date: April 21, 2008

This national bestseller explores the relationship between humans and dogs. How would dogs live if they were free? Would they stay with their human friends?

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.

Praise For Merle's Door


Charming.”Entertainment Weekly

This summer’s Marley.”People

Anyone who ever loved a dog will find something to enjoy in Merle’s Door.”The Christian Science Monitor

Merle’s Door is a window into the mind of a dog. You will experience his loyalty, fears, and joys and his true inner self. Everybody who loves dogs must read this book.”Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

A truly wonderful bookiconoclastic, mind-blowing, and gorgeously written.” Delia Ephron, author of Hanging Up and Frannie in Pieces