Merle's Door is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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It was a very educated book with values of raising a young dog and the bonding that developed through trust till the end. It was very touching, funny & sad, which I cried at the end.
This is one of the best Hospice novels I have had the pleasure to read. I am a retired Hospice nurse, and "free-thinking" is not always understood and accepted by loved ones...whether the one leaving our beloved Earth is of the animal species or the human species. There are many ways to die, but we all...animal and humans...are very fortunate if we have a loving surrogate to lead the way when our time arrives. Mr. Keratotomy is a Hero.
Such a great mix of memoir and animal science!
This is a fabulous book and you don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy it! It's both informative and feel good, witty and funny. If you own a dog, it'll make you hug them a little tighter and consider another walk on the beach or in the woods :)
Good research on dog behavior and interaction with humans. Some digression made parts of the book read like a textbook but overall it was great. We just had to face a difficult decision with one of our dogs and the other is in his twilight years, which made this book rather special to us. We live, hike, ski, and maintain trail in this same country, thus could visualize the places Ted described.
Ted does present the view that dogs should be allowed to roam freely as if a leash will stifle them. While it is nice to have our dogs off leash within our view and under voice control, far too many people do not like dogs they do not know, running up to them with no master in sight.
And despite what Ted may believe about dogs not pooping on the trail, he must not have ever skied up Teton canyon, and gotten brown klister all over his skis.
A must read...
...for dog lovers and dog detractors alike.
A wonderful story...
...about a wonderful life. I also learned so much about dogs too. I will definitely be recommending this book to those who I think will enjoy it.
I couldn't let my dog read this book as he would be so envious of the special life this dog enjoyed. It was a compelling book that I couldn't put down. What a special relationship the dog and owner had.
This is the best dog book--fiction or non-fiction--I've ever read!