Thursday, May 25, 2017

Stories I Love - Blogville Arts & Entertainment Challenge

Hi Furiends!
It's Hazel here today 

I am sitting in front of Mom's bookcase
 and you can see she likes books

We were to choose a favorite story 
that included a living non-human character

Our Honorable Mention is 
 WATCHERS by Dean Koontz. 
It is the first of his books that mom read many years ago
 and it was about a very smart golden retriever
 It is one of her all time favorites 

The story we are featuring is 

Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

–  a true story about a lab-mix named Merle and the free life he lived. Some may consider the book controversial as the majority of us would not give our dogs the freedom that this dog was given by his human companion.  But it is a wonderful story about a special dog. Touching, sad and humorous – you will fall in love with Merle.  It is the kind of book you will want to read more than once.

 Here is a little more about

Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog by Ted Kerasote

This national bestseller explores the relationship between humans and dogs. How would dogs live if they were free? Would they stay with their human friends? Merle and Ted found each other in the Utah desert— Merle was living wild and Ted was looking for a pup to keep him company. As their bond grew, Ted taught Merle how to live around wildlife, and Merle taught Ted about the benefits of letting a dog make his own decisions. Using the latest in wolf research and exploring issues of animal consciousness and leadership and the origins of the human-dog relationship, Ted Kerasote takes us on the journey he and Merle shared. As much a love story as a story of independence and partnership, Merle’s Door is tender, funny, and ultimately illuminating.

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We are the PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Mabel


  1. Hari OM
    Ooohhh I likes the sound of that one!!! So many grrrreat stories out there... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  2. Sounds like a good read friends
    Lily & Edward

  3. Mom read Watchers but OMCs Merle is now added to her list. It sounds right up her alley!!
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Our mom read that book to us quite some time ago!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  5. We love his books about that retriever, mom buys alot of books on her kindle she has some good ones, but kindle will not let her share them very well. Thanks for sharing. stella rose

  6. Watchers is one of my very favorite books of all time! It is one of the reasons that I got my Golden Retriever, Tucker. He wasn't quite as smart as the dog in the book but just as amazing to me. ♥

  7. This has been a very cool challenge. I suspect the details from Louis is buried somewhere in the 160+ emails I'm still trying to catch up on. Sorry I wasn't able to pawticipate this time. Nice job on the books. I'll have to check out Merle's Door...looks like a terrific read!

  8. that's a great book!!!! the mama loves stephen king and dean koontz too... and she loves the movies they made from mr. kings books...although it was a little odd from my daddy to bring her the kingdom hospital dvd while she was in a hospital too LOL

  9. Mom has read Watchers before but it's been awhile. Time to read it again and Merle's Door sounds like a wonderful book! Thank you, Hazel!

  10. Sounds like a interesting book. I'll tell the Mamma to get it! We've enjoyed the stories we love challenge.

    Molly and my Mom @The Fast and The Furriest

  11. Sounds like a great book. Will take note of it...well, them.

  12. Our Mama is also a big fan of Mr. Koontz' Watchers(and most anything else Dean Koontz)!

  13. I have Merle's Door but I haven't read it yet - it sounds like I should. Thanks!

  14. That sounds like a good book. We will have our mom look it up.