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Publisher Description

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.

Lifestyle & Home
April 21
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Customer Reviews

Climbergirl2002 ,

Merle's Door

Good research on dog behavior and interaction with humans. Some digression made parts of the book read like a textbook but overall it was great. We just had to face a difficult decision with one of our dogs and the other is in his twilight years, which made this book rather special to us. We live, hike, ski, and maintain trail in this same country, thus could visualize the places Ted described.
Ted does present the view that dogs should be allowed to roam freely as if a leash will stifle them. While it is nice to have our dogs off leash within our view and under voice control, far too many people do not like dogs they do not know, running up to them with no master in sight.
And despite what Ted may believe about dogs not pooping on the trail, he must not have ever skied up Teton canyon, and gotten brown klister all over his skis.

sleinc ,

Merle's Door

This is the best dog book--fiction or non-fiction--I've ever read!

Ralphnun1 ,

Merle’s Door

Excellent but made me cry.

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