Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > On topic - Pet chat, opinions, feelings and rants > Dog books - cat books - pet books

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old August 1st, 2007, 07:59 PM
SableCollie's Avatar
SableCollie SableCollie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Massachusetts, USA
Posts: 944
Merle's Door

I just finished reading Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote. It's a true story about a dog named Merle, who was found as a stray and rescued by the author. The author lived in a very small rural community and decided to install a doggie door to give Merle his freedom, hence the title.

While I don't agree with everything in the book (letting dogs roam, 1 instance of shock collar use, 1 of choke collar) I found it an enjoyable read, and you could tell the author really cared for Merle. For anyone who enjoys books about real dogs, this one is probably worth a look.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old August 9th, 2007, 01:31 AM
birddish birddish is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: in my dreams
Posts: 5
i love reading biography... this would be a first for me.. dog biography!! seems nice!!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old April 3rd, 2008, 03:13 PM
Raumas Raumas is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Salinas, CA
Posts: 12
Merle Door

I just finished reading this book. As biographies go, it was a great read.

While reading this book, my mind kept reliving the life of my last dog, Miko. (Miko was an extremely free-thinking dog.) The final chapter, which dealt with Merle's end, had me in tears.

The authors opinions about on-leash vs. off-leash have to be taken into context of where he lived. Even the author played by more traditional rules when he left his home village.

Mostly, the book exempifies the kind of releationship that's possible if you able to be less of an alpha, and more of an ally with your dog.

Raumas
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old May 14th, 2008, 10:41 PM
Zloca19 Zloca19 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: new york
Posts: 6
i'm in the middle of reading this book now and i'm loving it!

i particularly love how he intermingles facts about dogs, or research on dogs/animals in general... like how he explained that autistic people and animals see extreme details in the world (using examples he saw from merle) and how this can be put to good use (examples of an autistic woman who does work to make animals less stressed, i.e. walking through a corral or something like it and mentioning that the light reflecting off of a chain would scare a skittish animal)

as for the on leash/off leash, i agree that it depends on the area, and where the animal grew up/was trained. i know my dog would love to be able to run as far as he can, but at 8 years old and growing up in nyc, he wouldnt have the know-how to deal with things safely. he knows enough to stay away from moving cars, but to think of my dog in merles shoes, facing off against a buffalo or another large wild animal... the thought makes me laugh because i know he would have the most perplexed look on his face once he realized the giant mass was alive, but if it were a reality i'd be horrified, because i know he'd most likely get trampled to death.

great book so far =]
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old May 15th, 2008, 06:19 AM
BeagleMum's Avatar
BeagleMum BeagleMum is offline
Formerly known as Grover4
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 776
I have started this book but have not made it through it yet, I hear it's a great book.
__________________
"If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail." - Fran Lebowitz
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old June 24th, 2008, 01:18 PM
mollywog's Avatar
mollywog mollywog is offline
Molly's mama
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: NW Ont
Posts: 1,341
I am reading this book right now and am really enjoying it. As a new dog owner living in a very rural area, I can relate. Just yesterday, Molly saw her first Whitetail Deer and chased it into the bush for quite a distance, even though I told her NO. I was worried at first but then thought about this book and how it is just a dog's natural instinct to do stuff like this. She eventually came back to me, tail wagging, saying "did you see that!? how cool was that!? "
I like the approach that the author takes- dog and human as partners, and he sure knows his stuff. He seems to approach it from a background of canine behaviour and basic instincts. However, there's no way he could have lived such a life with Merle in a city or similar setting.
I went to Ted Kerasote's website today and watched a slideshow of Merle's life. It was really neat to see pictures of them after reading about all their adventures
__________________
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
http://mollywogblog.blogspot.com/
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old June 26th, 2008, 08:36 AM
TMac's Avatar
TMac TMac is offline
Retriever Fever
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Ottawa, Canada
Posts: 429
I just bought this book but haven't had a minute to open it up yet, so I'm really glad to hear that its a good one! Raumas, I'm glad you mentioned the sad ending. When I read the end of Marley and Me, I was beside myself in tears I could hardly bear it. Now at least I can prepare myself!! :sad:
__________________
We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals. - Immanuel Kant
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:50 PM.