Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Doggone Good Reads: Judy S. Gives This One a 4 Kleenex Rating*

Now including a wonderful new photo insert chronicling Merle’s life, 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.

Judy says:

"Imagine you were an outdoorsman and a skier and you found a companion dog who loved to slide down on his stomach through fresh powder with you. Then you'd become as ecstatic about and in love with Merle as Ted Kerasote did. He chronicles the day to day life of the gregarious Merle, from campsite crasher to unofficial Mayor of Kelly, Wyoming. A character who became known and beloved by nearly everyone in that small community--due to the freedom of having his own door.

You as reader will develop an affinity for Merle also. You can't help but love him because the writer puts him right there in front of you--head cocked, tongue panting and tail wagging--welcoming you back home to each chapter of his memoir. By the end of the book you cherish this dog's quirky mannerisms nearly as much as the writer. In fact, you'll come to think of Merle as one of your own."

* 4 Kleenex Rating=Don't finish this one on the Light Rail--it could be embarrassing.

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