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Merle's Door Lessons from a Freethinking DogWhile 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 th 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 few wordsOne 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 timeTed realizes he has to do something so he puts a dog door in for Merle to come and go at will hence the name of the book Fortunately for the both of them they live in a time and place that is just right for this arrangement the town is remote and all the other dogs roam free No leash law in place This sets up the perfect situation to watch dogs be themselves then is possible in this day and age In other words Merle had it good and so did TedThis book is full of the cute stories you get from dog books My favorite was how Merle a dog who likes to eat would have a routine of going to certain houses in a particular order everyday to obtain treats my dog would do this in a heartbeat given the chance Ted noticed one day how chunky his dog was getting and new that it was unhealthy for him so he put a note on Merle’s collar that read “please don’t feed my dog” It worked for everyone except one lady who could not resist “but he is so cute” she told Ted She would not stop so Ted had to scare the crap out of poor Merle every time he got near the treat ladies house to keep him awaySad parts are defiantly in this book as you find in most dog books but what sets this book apart and makes it great is how the author mixes in science and helpful information into the book In it there is a section a checklist to go over when you need to make the decision to euthanize or not to euthanize Yes grim But a fact of life if you are to have pets in your life and it is very good I worked in an animal hospital at the time I read this book and I made copies of the checklist to give to clients during this time It is helpful because no one can think clearly at the moment you are faced with this decision so having a guide is very helpfulMerle you’re a great dog What a life you had

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E 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 t What a great read for post present and future dog owners this book maid me happy and 😢 but one to soon not forget love it till the end and cried like a baby at the end

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EBOOK â EPUB Merle's Door ä Lessons from a Freethinking Dog FREE Þ RANDARENEWABLES ✓ 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 bringHe 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 universall 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 that his research and conclusions are absolute or scientific findings;just the results of asking uestions and having a curious mind You will laugh you will cry and you will be left with a special feeling of being allowed to vicariously share the life of Ted and Merle Anyone who has loved and lost a great special dog will understand and cherish the book