Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote

Merle's Door

By Ted Kerasote

  • Release Date: 2008-04-21
  • Genre: Pets
Score: 4.5
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While on a camping trip, Ted Kerasote met a dog—a Labrador mix—who was living on his own in the wild. They became attached to each other, and Kerasote decided to name the dog Merle and bring him home. There, he realized that Merle’s native intelligence would be diminished by living exclusively in the human world. He put a dog door in his house so Merle could live both outside and in.

A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable dog and his relationship with the author, Merle’s Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine, bringing to bear the latest research into animal consciousness and behavior as well as insights into the origins and evolution of the human-dog partnership. Merle showed Kerasote how dogs might live if they were allowed to make more of their own decisions, and Kerasote suggests how these lessons can be applied universally.


  • Merle's Door

    By Cathrine Chartier
    Having a dog business, Black Lab and a Dobie/sheph cross...I tend to read absolutely everything on dogs. Just finished John Bradshaws " In defense of dogs" that spoke of the same views that Ted has. This book is a love story between man and Dog... Beautifully written... It's one of my "dog eared" to death books... RIP Merle!!