Merle’s Door – Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

Hi Everybody,

I am an avid reader, and a sucker for a great book about dogs, especially one that is a true story.

I just finished Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote. This was a great read, and I had a hard time putting it down.

Merle essentially adopts Ted when the two meet while Ted and some friends are on a rafting trip on the San Juan River near Bluff, Utah. The author chronicles his years with Merle, and interweaves the story with scientific and historical research about dogs. What makes this book unique in my opinion is the author’s depiction of a mutually respectful and loving relationship with Merle, and his contention that Merle was an independent thinker. By making his own decisions and following his own path, Merle enriched Ted’s life and taught him unexpected lessons.

Ted’s description of Merle’s eventual decline was heartbreaking, and it reminded me so much of our little poodle/terrier mix Cubby who went through similar issues before passing on at the age of 10. This book, however, is so much an expression of gratitude for their life together it is worth the tears at the end.

I would love to see this book made into a movie. Here is the link once again: Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog.

Talk to you soon,


May 13, 2009 | 0 | Dog Behavior

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