Adventures with Ari: A Puppy, a Leash & Our Year Outdoors

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Merle’s Door was a sensation because Ted Kerasote writes so beautifully about his dog and his dog’s love of the land. In Adventures wtih Ari, Kathryn Miles takes a step back from the wild places Kerasote describes. When she adopts Ari, an exotic Jindo dog, the two of them begin to explore the outdoors together. A dog sees the world quite differently from a person. For starters, he or she is much closer to the ground—to what we’ve been trying to preserve more and more of these days. A dog is the original ...

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Overview

Merle’s Door was a sensation because Ted Kerasote writes so beautifully about his dog and his dog’s love of the land. In Adventures wtih Ari, Kathryn Miles takes a step back from the wild places Kerasote describes. When she adopts Ari, an exotic Jindo dog, the two of them begin to explore the outdoors together. A dog sees the world quite differently from a person. For starters, he or she is much closer to the ground—to what we’ve been trying to preserve more and more of these days. A dog is the original environmental activist: The sights, sounds, and smells of nature are what make a dog a dog. And if you want to learn more about nature, try enjoying life like a dog.

Kathryn Miles sets out to do just that when she becomes determined to let Ari live life on her own terms. Once some basic ground rules are set, Kathryn takes the leash off her dog and the blinders off her own eyes. A new world soon emerges: She and Ari explore a backyard landscape of grass, mud, snow, trees, and the occasional fox. They find the scent of a northern wind, the footprints of a startled raccoon, and other secrets of the natural world. The puppy’s free-spirited outlook teaches Kathryn to see more when she might otherwise have seen less, while adding a certain excitement and clarity of vision. Soon, Kathryn begins to give up control and know the world as Ari learns it.

Peppered with factual information about our natural world and the creatures that inhabit it, Adventures with Ari makes compelling reading for dog lovers as well as anyone who’s been out and about in the woods. Like most projects of discovery, this process forces Kathryn to uncover much more than the physical—it allows important insight to her thoughts and feelings and her relationship with her entire family, all thanks to a puppy named Ari.

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“Charming, rich, intelligent...and best of all, on every page Kathryn Miles displays her love for Ari and dogs of every kind. I read it in one sitting! --Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep

“After a few generations of losing touch with nature, our eyes don't work so well any more. So it's a fine idea to borrow another pair, especially if they're attached to a wet and useful nose. --Bill McKibben, author Deep Economy

“Some discover nature through gardening, others through camping, and a rare few—such as Kathryn Miles—by gripping the end of a leash as the family dog reveals the great outdoors. --Hannah Holmes, author of The Well Dressed Ape: A Natural History of Myself

“Exhilarating...a fascinating and fun read. This exploration of the role of dogs in our lives never ceases to surprise. Kathryn Miles's writing is masterful, clean and precise; and her narrative is upbeat. --Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

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At last, a canine memoir that is unique and irresistible; more reminiscent of Ted Kerasote's Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog than John Grogan's Marley & Me, this book goes beyond telling the familiar story of a dog and its owner. Allowing her shelter puppy Ari (labeled a husky and Jindo mix) to be her "green" guide, Miles (writing, Unity Coll.) and her husband cast Ari's leash aside and learn to see the world through the eyes of a shy puppy as they explore the outdoors surrounding their Maine town. Lest any reader think Miles an irresponsible dog owner, much to her credit she read extensively and set ground rules for acceptable canine behavior both in and out of the home. A sizable chapter-by-chapter bibliography is included. Written in a clear and vivid prose style, this is strongly recommended for all public libraries.
—Edell M. Schaefer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602396388
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 3.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Miles is freelance writer, an associate professor, and director of writing at Unity College, where she teaches in the Environmental Writing program. She has written for publications such as Delaware Today, The Journal Star, and Pop! Magazine. She has also authored essays on environmental controversies, the American conservation movement, and environmental activism which have appeared in Women Writers, Reconstruction, World Environments, and Blackwell’s Companion to the Short Story. She lives in Unity, Maine.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    A cathartic, inspirational read!

    This is both a joyful and inspiring read ( albeit a bit graphic in parts)! It causes one to stop and indeed 'smell the roses' and reassess the true influences and priorities in ones life. BRAVO, Ms. Miles!!

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