Using the latest in wolf research and exploring issues of animal consciousness, leadership, and the origins of the human-dog relationship, Kerasote takes readers on the journey shared with a dog he found in a Utah desert.Using the latest in wolf research and exploring issues of animal consciousness, leadership, and the origins of the human-dog relationship, Kerasote takes readers on the journey shared with a dog he found in a Utah desert.Read Less
Ted Kerasote's book is a wonderfully sensitive book, written in large part from the "dog's eye". Ted & Merle live in a small town in the Pacific North West where all dogs are communally raised. There are no "fencing out" of "fencing in"
laws or practices; there are no fights or barking dog issues. All dogs are free to wander & visit each other within the community. In short, the dogs have the same opportunity for a social life as the humans do! How Merle & Ted and their neighbors arrived at this point, is the subject of this wonderful book.
Sep 23, 2010
This book was one of the best animal/human stories I've read in a long time. Mr. Kerasote captured not only my heart but showed me some interesting facts about dogs and their kin that I never knew before. His relationship with Merle shows the love that certain people have for animals. A trait that ALL humans should have for God's creatures. The ending is sad so have some kleenex handy.
Sep 17, 2010
I really enjoyed this Psychological approach
This book was very informational on how to psychologically understand the thinking process a dog goes through. It is presented in a very readable way so anyone can get a better read on their own personal relationship with their own dog.
Sep 16, 2010
Can't Help but Love 'Em
Since we recently went through the experience so vividly told in this story. We really became "attached" to Merle. Loved the book very much. Couldn't put it down.
Sep 4, 2010
This is a great book and I would recemend this to all animal lovers.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-09-24 Kerasote, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, draws on inspirational experiences with his beloved canine companion, Merle, and extensive research in animal behavior to advance the notion that living in harmony with our dogs requires us to embrace-rather than suppress-their natural instincts. Patrick Lawlor delivers an animated performance, both literally and figuratively. His renderings of Merle's incessant pants of enthusiasm evoke the essence of canine loyalty. Lawlor successfully navigates the potentially tricky terrain of the book's anthropomorphism. He gives voice to Kerasote's human interpretations of Merle's expressions and behaviors in a manner that manages to preserve a healthy measure of mystery and wonder. Lawlor does slightly over-reach with regard to his performance of relatively extraneous human dialogue, especially some of the ethnic accents of experts that Kerasote quotes in the text. While not all pet owners may be able to grant the degree of freedom that Kerasote afforded Merle, this heartwarming story will still manage to enlighten and entertain fans of four-legged memoirs. Simultaneous release with the Harcourt hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 9). (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-04-09 Humorous, jubilant and touching by turns, this story of the relationship between man and dog is informed by the author's grasp of animal research and his attachment to Merle, a stray dog he adopted. A Labrador mix, Merle first appeared while the author was on a camping trip. Kerasote (Out There: In the Wild in a Wired Age), an award-winning nature writer, decided to take his canine friend home to rural Wyoming. This chronicle of their 13 years together is interspersed with studies by animal behaviorists that strengthened Kerasote's desire to see Merle as a responsible individual rather than a submissive pet. Merle set his own eating schedule (though not without early mishap), refused to hunt birds (although not elks) and, according to the author, possessed a range of emotions and sentiments similar to those of humans. Kerasote tends to anthropomorphize Merle's every look and movement, but this narrative is entertaining and Kerasote's strong love for Merle and enthusiasm for life in the wild will win over many readers. Kerasote's joyous relationship with Merle is balanced by a bittersweet account of a close relationship the author had with Alison, a neighbor and fellow dog owner. Kerasote's last weeks with the dying Merle are beautifully rendered. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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