Pukka: The Pup After Merle – Book Review

When we get back to our house, I like to lie by Merl’s aspen tree, where he spent his last days, and when Ted sees me there he gets a faraway look in his eye. – from Pukka: The Pup After Merle –

Ted Kerasote’s name is linked indelibly to his yellow lab Merle – a dog who touched his heart and became the subject of Kerasote’s best selling book Merle’s Door. When Merle died, Kerasote received thousands of emails asking if he was going to get another dog. Fans need not ask the question any longer. Pukka, a yellow lab whose face reminded the author of Merle, has found his forever home with Kerasote.

Narrated in the wise and charming voice of Pukka, Kerasote’s latest book is heartwarming, yet also bittersweet. The reader cannot help but feel the loss of Merle between the pages despite the obvious love for Pukka. Our hearts are always big enough to hold another canine partner, but we never forget those who came before.

Perhaps the best part of this sweet book are the more than two hundred photos which include Pukka as a young pup, as well as stunning images of the Tetons and other natural environments where Pukka gets lessons in swimming, canoeing and hiking to the tops of mountain peaks.

This wonderful book is perfect for readers of all ages and would make a wonderful book for children who have lost a dog and are getting a new puppy. The gorgeous photography also make it a great gift for dog lovers (especially those who love labs!).

Readers who have had the joy of experiencing life with a dog will undoubtedly see themselves and their canine friends between the pages of Kerasote’s book. Pukka: The Pup After Merle is highly recommended as a quick, enjoyable read for adults and children alike.

**FTC Disclosure: This book was sent to me by the publisher for review on my blog.

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    • Molly on November 13, 2010 at 17:04

    We currently own 3 yellow labs and have been privy to three litters with a total of 20 lab puppies. Yes, we are lab lovers and this is obviously a book that I NEED – not just want 🙂

  1. These are the kind of books that make me bawl uncontrollably…thus I try to stay away from them so my husband need not think me insane…!

    • Wendy on November 14, 2010 at 08:36

    Molly: Oh, you absolutely need to add this book to your shelves!!

    Coffee/Book Chick: I am usually a bawler (is that a word?!?!?) with books like this too – but Pukka is adorable and the photos are wonderful….you might want to give it a look just for the pictures!

    • zibilee on November 14, 2010 at 18:05

    I love animal books and think this one does sound good, though probably a little sad. I will have to check this book out. Thanks for the excellent review!

    • Wendy on January 23, 2011 at 20:57

    Heather: Better late then never I guess! Thanks for commenting on my review-this is not really sad, I would call it a bit bittersweet 🙂

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