Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog (英语) 平装 – 2008年4月21日
TED KERASOTE is the author of many books, including the national bestseller Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog and Out There, which won the National Outdoor Book Award. His essays and photographs have appeared in Audubon, Geo, Outside, Science, the New York Times, and more than sixty other periodicals. This is Pukka's first book.
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The author not only writes about his dog, but also what his dog might be thinking, and his ideas are based on extensive research he has done on the evolution of dogs. I found a lot of ideas fascinating, and also found myself researching more extensively on some o the topics that he covered.
Why not five stars? I found the author to be a bit naive about dog owners who do not offer their dogs the freedom he offers his. First, the author resides in a rural setting, which most dog owners do not. Dogs that reside in an urban or suburban environment, if treated with the same freedom, would possibly end up injured or dead, or even stolen.
Second, the author implies that lack of training on the dog owner results in dogs that are disobedient. I have to disagree with him because he got lucky with Merle. Very lucky. Having been involved in dog rescue, I can assure you that few dogs who have been homeless at some point are as mentally stable as Merle. It takes years of training to undo the damage that has been done to them, and in the meantime, it's the owners responsibility to keep their dog safe. This means that they can't offer their dog a doggy door and expect their dog not to get hurt, or hurt someone else, or even just run away. Therefore they should not be judged for merely keeping their dog safe.
Otherwise a great read, very much enjoyed it, and would read it again.