[Reading] ➺ Merles Door Author Ted Kerasote – Thomashillier.co.uk



10 thoughts on “Merles Door

  1. says:

    I read this book a few years back, before I attempted writing reviews ones beyond a few lines anyway It has been on my favorite s shelf ever since then and Merle has drifted into my thoughts now and again, so I thought I would try to add a fewwords.One day Merle, a young yellow lab mix, shows up at a camp where Ted and friends were camping, Ted and Merle hit it off Ted decides to bring Merle back home with him but soon finds out that Merle would not be content to be locked indoors all I read this book a few years back, before I attempted writing reviews ones beyond a few lines anyway It has been on my favorite s shelf ever since then and Merle has drifted into my thoughts now and again, so I thought I would try to add a fewwords.One day Merle, a young yellow lab mix, shows up at a camp where Ted and friends were camping, Ted and Merle hit it off Ted decides to bring Merle back home with him but soon finds out that Merle would not be content to be locked indoors all day while his new best friend was working Things did not go well Merle was used to being his own dog, going where ever he pleased and going on whatever he pleased One day Merle decides to eat a whole bag of dog food, which isn t cute at all since eating that much food could cause a big dog to bloat stomach twists and prevents the food from moving along which will kill a dog pretty darn fast But up came the dog food and all was well, this time.Ted realizes he has to do something, so he puts a dog door in for...


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    MARVELOUS I give this book 5 stars without a second thought You cry, you chuckle, you laugh out loud, you read again sections of other dog books mentioned in the text that one has previously read, you search Wikipedia concerning subjects that the text brings to your attention and about which you realize you really have to knowThis book has everything for anyone that truly loves their dog.OK I have to say one thing and I would really like to discuss this with others I don t lik MARVELOUS I give this book 5 stars without a second thought You cry, you chuckle, you laugh out loud, you read again sections of other dog books mentioned in t...


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    After meeting the author 5 12 08 the other night and hearing him read passages from the book, I ve decided I want to read the book again What a neat dog I LOVED this book I still can t figure out who the luckiest character in the book is the dog or the owner Ted was so lucky to find such a wonderful dog and Merle was lucky to have such a neat owner who lived in such a neat place, that allowed him to be a free dog I hate always crying at the end of dog books, but I have to say that t After meeting the author 5 12 08 the other night and hearing him read passages from the book, I ve decided I want to read the book again What a neat dog I LOVED this book I still can t figure out who the luckiest chara...


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    As I was nearing the end of this book the other day in the lunch room at work, I had to stop reading because it was about to bring me to tears This book is similar to Marley and Me in that they re both memoirs of the writer and his experience with his dog But the difference in this book is that Ted Kerasote is a muchexpressive and descriptive writer And unlike Marley s story which is the urban adventure of a mischievous dog and his family, Merle s story is that of the deep friendship As I was nearing the end of this book the other day in the lunch room at work, I had to stop reading because it was about to bring me to tears This book is similar to Marley and Me in that they re both memoirs of the writer and his experience with his dog But the difference in this book is that Ted Kerasote is a muchexpressive and descriptive writer And unlike Marley s story which is the urban adventure of a mischievous dog and his family, Merle s story is that of the deep friendship that develops betwe...


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    Okay, I was suckered in by the cute dog picture on the cover But I found myself really caring about the players in this extraordinary human dog relationship Granted, Merle had such a great life and so much freedom because he lived in a dog friendly town on the edge of Grand Tetons NP And he got to do great dog stuff like hunt elk and ski snow covered slopes Most dogs don t have those opportunities The book dragged when author Kerasote waxed on about scientific research into why dogs act the Okay, I was suckered in by the cute dog picture on the cover But I found myself really caring about the players in this extraordinary human dog relationship Granted, Merle had such a great life and so much freedom because he lived in a dog friendly town on the edge of Grand Tetons NP And he got to do great dog stuff like ...


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    His deep brown eyes looked at me with luminous appreciation and said, You need a dog, and I m it Unsettled by his uncanny read of me I had been looking for a dog for over a year I gave him a cordial pat and replied, Good dog His tail beat steadily, and he didn t move, his eyes still saying, You need a dog After a night together,he was still curled in his nest, looking directly at me Hey, I said.Up went one brow, down went the other I am yours, his eyes said.So begins this memoir o His deep brown eyes looked at me with luminous appreciation and said, You need a dog, and I m it Unsettled by his uncanny read of me I had been looking for a dog for over a year I gave him a cordial pat and replied, Good dog His tail beat steadily, and he didn t move, his eyes still saying, You need a dog After a night together,he was still curled in his nest, looking directly at me Hey, I said.Up went one brow, down went the other I am yours, his eyes said.So begins this memoir of a man and his dog, found during a river trip to Utah, adopted as a youngster and taken back with the author to become a Wyoming dog living the life of Riley with his owner on the border of a...


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    What a great dog I had a border collie that was smart and fun like Merle, but that was over 13 years ago I cried for 3 years until I got another dog I will cry again.I love how the author, after telling stories about Merle for a while, changes direction and then gives scientific information on dogs I recall his believing that dogs think and reason things out Yes, and while some scientists don t believe this, well, they have never had a smart dog He shows some good examples, or the fact tha What a great dog I had a border collie that was smart and fun like Merle, but that was over 13 years ago I cried for 3 years until I got another dog I will cry again.I love how the author, after telling stories about Merle for a while, changes direction and then gives scienti...


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    I didn t like the tone of this book There s a smugness about the author s supposed ability to communicate with dogs The author generally anthropomorphizes his dog and assigns entire conversations to the dog In my mind, this deeply detracts from the credibility of the science he reports because there is a great deal of crummy research by people who want to believe in various mystical animal attributes I am not confident that he is rigorous enough to distinguish the wishful results from the re I didn t like the tone of this book There s a smugness about the author s supposed ability to communicate with dogs The author generally anthropomorphizes his dog and assigns entire conversations to the dog In my mind, this deeply det...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I am exhausted from this incredibly sad ending to a book I think I m done with dog books for awhile just too emotional And I found this especially tough, as it was such a prolonged ending I appreciate the author s perspective, but I do think euthanasia has its place and is a blessing for animals in many cases I wondered if it was the right choice to have Merle continue on to a natural end However, having been through such an awful decision, I recognize it is hard to judge unless you are i I am exhausted from this incredibly sad ending to a book I think I m done with dog books for awhile just too emotional And I found this especially tough, as it was such a p...


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    I am a bit surprised by some of the negative reviews of this book, especially the chap that suggested that you skip this book If you skip it you will have missed a gem It is not a dog training book or a treatise on animal behavior as someone suggested It is the telling of a thirteen year relationship between a man and a dog and the life that they shared together The author intersperses the narrative with research that support his observations over the years He makes no attempt to state I am a bit surprised by some of the negative reviews of this book, especially the chap that suggested that you skip this book If you skip it you will have missed a gem It is not a dog training book or a treatise on animal behavior as someone suggested It is the telling of a thirteen year relationship between a man and a dog and the life that they shared together The author intersperses th...


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Merles Door 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 Of Their Own Decisions, And Kerasote Suggests How These Lessons Can Be Applied Universally.