Pukka: The Pup After Merle
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Pukka: The Pup After Merle

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by Ted Kerasote
     
 

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Since the publication of the best-selling Merle’s Door, Ted Kerasote has received thousands of e-mails asking two questions: “Have you gotten another dog?” and “Are you writing a new book?” Pukka: The Pup After Merle answers both, in the most heartwarming way.

Told in Pukka’s charming voice and

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Since the publication of the best-selling Merle’s Door, Ted Kerasote has received thousands of e-mails asking two questions: “Have you gotten another dog?” and “Are you writing a new book?” Pukka: The Pup After Merle answers both, in the most heartwarming way.

Told in Pukka’s charming voice and accompanied by more than 200 photos, Pukka: The Pup After Merle tells the story of how Ted found Pukka, recounting the early days of their bonding as they explore Kelly and the wider world. Walks become hikes and hikes become climbs, their adventures culminating in a rugged wilderness journey that teaches both Pukka and Ted something new about the dog-human partnership.

Filled with stunning images of the West, Pukka is a love story as well as Ted’s take on raising a puppy. It will do pictorially what Merle did with words—show how dogs thrive when treated as peers while illustrating the many ways that any dog opens the door to our hearts.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Speaking as Pukka and illustrating the sparse text with stunning color photographs on every page, Kerasote has created a pictorial diary of the first six months of the dog's life. But this book is much more than a record of the growth and training of a pup, it is a visual record of the development of human-animal bond as well as a breathtakingly beautiful tour of the West."—Library Journal

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Yellow Labrador retriever Pukka must live in canine heaven. He and his owner—writer and outdoorsman Kerasote—are free to travel from their home in Grand Teton National Park into the wilderness or to the sea. Some readers will know the author's touching book about Merle, Pukka's predecessor, but here Pukka tells his own story (with help from Kerasote and many color photographs), from his time as a tiny puppy through adolescence, when he and Kerasote have thoroughly bonded. The author, who has developed a philosophy based on research and experience, believes that it is not necessary for an owner to be the alpha and a dog to be submissive—much better to be respectful of the dog's abilities and considerate of his needs. As a puppy, Pukka gets his own seat-belt harness and furry pillow, plenty of time to play with children and other dogs (learning valuable lessons), and much affection from Kerasote. It is not all play, though; for his own safety, Pukka must learn to respond to commands like "Leave it!" and a hand signal or whistle meaning, "Come!" Through hikes, rafting, and mountain climbing (beautifully pictured), Kerasote introduces Pukka gradually to new sensations and skills, never pushing him beyond endurance, always rewarding him for achievements. The result is an active, agile dog with a sense of adventure, comfortable around humans, and a real partner in his and Kerasote's life together. A symbol for Pukka's freedom is the dog door that lets him come and go, as did Merle before him. The story is perfect for a family thinking of getting a dog and wondering if they have the time, patience, and understanding to make that venture successful. Readers captivated by Pukka will surely want to try Kerasote's bestselling Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog (Harcourt, 2007). Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Library Journal
Fans of Kerasote's best-selling Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog often asked when and if the photographer, outdoorsman, and winner of the National Outdoor Book Award (for Out There: In the Wild in a Wired Age) would get a successor to Merle. Having worked through his grief, he finally felt ready to commit to another dog and located a breeder with a newborn puppy who reminded him of Merle. He named the pup Pukka, ("genuine" or "first-class" in Hindi). Writing as Pukka and illustrating the sparse text with stunning color photographs on every page, Kerasote has created a pictorial diary of the first six months of the dog's life. But this book is much more than a record of the growth and training of a pup; it is visual documentation of the development of a human-animal bond as well as a breathtakingly beautiful tour of the Western United States. VERDICT There are many audiences for this book—fans of Merle's Door, dog lovers of all ages, photography hobbyists, outdoor adventurers, and travel buffs. Demand will be fueled by the 13-city author tour and media attention.—Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547386089
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/27/2010
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
325,765
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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From the Publisher
"Speaking as Pukka and illustrating the sparse text with stunning color photographs on every page, Kerasote has created a pictorial diary of the first six months of the dog's life. But this book is much more than a record of the growth and training of a pup, it is a visual record of the development of human-animal bond as well as a breathtakingly beautiful tour of the West."—Library Journal

Meet the Author

TED KERASOTE is the author of several 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. He lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Pukka: The Pup After Merle 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pukka's baby pictures are adorable. I'm so glad Ted shared them with us. The more great dog books the better to raise awareness about the species.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book about the dog after Merle. Note that it is a book of pictures of the new dog, with the 'dog' explaining the various situations. It covers puppyhood to about 1 year old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book--If you enjoyed Merles story you will enjoy this book and the illustrations are beautiful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
metfan More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful follow-up to "Merle's Door".In a nice touch,Ted Kerasote delightfully tells Pukka's life story through his eyes.Add that to the gorgeous photos,and the reuslt is an absolute charmer that will delight everyone.
PoodlePop3 More than 1 year ago
Merle's Door is one of the best dog books written. It's a wonderful story for those who really love their dogs and want them to develop their full potential. I bought more than 10 copies for myself and gifts for friends. Now comes the follow up and Pukka is a disappointment. Don't know what I was expecting but this book is a collection of cute photos and that's about it. Read the book in one short sitting and when finished I sort of felt cheated. Was expecting so much more.