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Merle's Door - Ted Kerasote

Merle's Door

By Ted Kerasote

  • Release Date: 2008-04-21
  • Genre: Pets
Score: 4.5
From 161 Ratings


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.


  • Heartwarming

    By Mousemom7492
    This is one of the most heartwarming stories I’ve read. I love dogs and this dog is a wonderful dog. This man and his dog’s relationship is lived out in a wonder filled life together. I know this kind of love from a great dog. This is a great story.
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  • Merle's Door

    By Dirtygirl2
    It was a very educated book with values of raising a young dog and the bonding that developed through trust till the end. It was very touching, funny & sad, which I cried at the end.
  • Merle's Door

    By Marshy3030
    This is one of the best Hospice novels I have had the pleasure to read. I am a retired Hospice nurse, and "free-thinking" is not always understood and accepted by loved ones...whether the one leaving our beloved Earth is of the animal species or the human species. There are many ways to die, but we all...animal and humans...are very fortunate if we have a loving surrogate to lead the way when our time arrives. Mr. Keratotomy is a Hero.
  • Such a great mix of memoir and animal science!

    By adreaminaqua
    This is a fabulous book and you don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy it! It's both informative and feel good, witty and funny. If you own a dog, it'll make you hug them a little tighter and consider another walk on the beach or in the woods :)
  • Merle's Door

    By Climbergirl2002
    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.
  • A must read...

    By RKoehler
    ...for dog lovers and dog detractors alike.
  • A wonderful story...

    By gl-bear
    ...about a wonderful life. I also learned so much about dogs too. I will definitely be recommending this book to those who I think will enjoy it.
  • Outstanding

    By Carolxxx
    I couldn't let my dog read this book as he would be so envious of the special life this dog enjoyed. It was a compelling book that I couldn't put down. What a special relationship the dog and owner had.
  • Merle's Door

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