Book of the Month/Easy Hike-Lynndale Park- 'Merle's Door' by Ted Kerasote

Who likes to read and then discuss the book?  How about having a book of the month selection that the group can read and then on a designated walk/hike have coffee, drink or lunch/dinner afterwards to discuss?  I will select books (either non fiction or novels) with a walking/hiking/dog/fitness theme and post the first of the month.  Read the book during the month and then later in the month we can get together to discuss. Suggestions for books you have read or are wanting to read are welcome.

Lynndale Park

http://www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us/Content/Community.aspx?id=327

We will walk the trails of Lynndale Park and maybe some of the surrounding neighborhoods (Blue Ridge) for about an hour and then meet at the Corner Coffee Bar for snack and discussion.

Book 3

Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

Ted Kerasote

Now including a wonderful new photo insert chronicling Merle’s life, 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. Now including a wonderful new photo insert chronicling Merle’s life, 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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  • Kathy L.

    My two favourite things - walking the dogs and reading good books. Great to have others along to share with.

    March 17, 2013

  • Vicki G.

    Nice day (no rain!) for a hike through the forested trails of Lynndale Park and I enjoyed our discussion about Merle's door. I uploaded a few photos. Anyone who wants to download and use photos of themselves and/or their dogs is welcome to them.

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great insightful book about dogs. Good discussion, Thanks Kathy

    March 16, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Is anybody waiting at the actual park. We are down below at stripmall

    March 16, 2013

  • Judith S.

    Sorry I am not feeling well today. If Iperk up I will come to the discussion at 11.

    March 16, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      Hope we see you a little later Judith. If not, next time.

      March 16, 2013

  • Cindy A.

    I'm ill. Can't make it. Really enjoyed the book. Sorry to have missed the discussion.

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well I just booked a client for 10-11:30 on Sat.Priorities. I really liked the book and was looking forward to the discussion and meeting everyone...hopefully next book.

    March 13, 2013

  • Judith S.

    My ICal says this walk starts at Gasworks Park and is around Lake Union. Gremlins?

    March 13, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      I initially set it up for Lake Union walk, but changed it shortly thereafter when I realized it would be too long of a walk. I want to keep the walk to about an hour before discussion. I am going to do the Lake Union walk as part of my Olmstead series. You should have received a notice of the change when I did it.

      March 13, 2013

    • Judith S.

      Sorry Kathy, I am not as savvy as I would like managing the computer and notices. I plan to be there unless it is pouring.

      March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello,
    I saw this featured meetup and thought it was great. I read the book and would absolutly love to discuss it with people. It has become my favorite book of all time. It's so deep. Unfortunatly I cannot make this meet due to my work schedule.

    March 12, 2013

  • Vicki G.

    Sorry, I don't seem to understand exactly where you parked. I drove through where I thought you meant and didn't see anyone standing around with dogs so I parked in a small park parking lot off of Olympic View Drive and wandered around the park figuring I'd run into you somewhere on the trails. After an hour of wandering the trails I never saw anyone so I gave up and went home.

    March 9, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      Vicky you were a week early. We only jump ahead one hour this w/e.

      March 9, 2013

    • Vicki G.

      Arrghh - no wonder I didn't see anyone - duh! We had a good walk through the park on a beautiful day anyway.

      March 9, 2013

  • Janet A.

    Looking forward to reading this book and seeing a new park.

    February 17, 2013

  • Collene

    Just wanted to say that I read this book awhile ago and really enjoyed it! Also, while it is thoroughly a "dog" book, there are quite entertaining portions about cat behavior as well - in particular, cat reactions to winter/snow.

    November 20, 2012

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