Monday, November 22, 2010

Pukka: The Pup After Merle - Ted Kerasote

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 the charming voice of Ted's new pup and illustrated with more than two hundred photos, Pukka tells the story of how Ted met the young yellow Lab, recounting the early days of their bonding as they explore Kelly, Wyoming, 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 partners, while illustrating the many ways that any dog can open the door to our hearts. 

Title: Pukka: The Pup After Merle
Author: Ted Kerasote
Genre: Memoir, Adult Non-fiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: September 29, 2010
Source: Received from publicist. Many thanks goes to Anna from FSB Media for sending me this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. 
My rating: 4/5

Pukka chronicles the journey Ted takes in picking out a new puppy, the training involved, and the love and companionship bestowed upon both owner, and pet. It is written in Pukka's voice, and it truly is a heartwarming read. Pukka is a cute puppy, and he is remarkably well-behaved. He does get into some mischief on his route to adulthood, but all in all, he is a great pup. This book shows the affection that both man and his best friend can have for one another. 
It is a relatively quick read as it is mainly pictorial, but Pukka's eager voice is heard throughout the book. It also showcases some training tips, and how easily Pukka is trained. From Pukka's visits to the post office, the city, shooting some rapids, and his treks with Ted through the mountains, he is a well traveled dog.
All in all, a cute read. Fans of dog stories will enjoy this one. It is definitely a lovely addition to the pet-lover's collection. Another added bonus is that this book is a "green" read, as it is printed on FSC certified paper. Pukka would approve. 

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