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Extended Audio Sample Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog, by Ted Kerasote Click for printable size audiobook cover
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,657 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ted Kerasote Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Laborador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively in the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in. A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face as their lives intertwine, and presents the latest research into animal behavior as well as the origins and evolution of human-dog interaction. Merle showed Kerasote how dogs might live were they free; Kerasote suggests how they should be allowed to live, and the doors that should always remain open to them. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Lawlor's breezy, energetic reading fits perfectly with this account of the author's relationship with his pet. Booklist
  • “Merle is a true character, yet Merle is also everydog. An absolute treasure of a book.”

    Booklist, starred review

  • “Humorous, jubilant and touching.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sheila | 2/19/2014

    " If you love dogs, you will love this book. Merle rocks! The author has a wonderful ability to bring Merle's personality to life through words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim Patterson | 2/11/2014

    " Merle's Door is the best ever written about dogs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Khris Sellin | 2/6/2014

    " I love his philosophy, I loved this story, and I loved Merle! What a great dog, and what a special relationship they had. Unfortunately, it plays into all my guilty feelings about the lack of freedom our dog, and cats, have, but we can't let them run loose in the big bad city! And I don't think we'll be moving to Wyoming anytime in the near future... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Caroline | 2/3/2014

    " I'm not a big enough dog person to truly enjoy this book in its entirety, but the combination of animal behavior and memoir was fairly entertaining. "

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