the Pup After Merle
by Ted Kerasote
A year or two after the famous Merle passed on, his owner got a new puppy and named him Pukka. This is Pukka\’s story. How he came into the author\’s life, got to know neighbors, learned doggy skills and basic obedience, went adventuring with his new owner on hikes and even river trips. It\’s told from the dog\’s perspective, which in this case is charming and I think would make the book appealing for younger readers too. It\’s mostly presented in photographs, and they are very nice. The scenery is gorgeous, the photos taken in the Seattle, WA area of course make me feel nostalgic. And the puppy is darn cute. He doesn\’t do anything extraordinary, but such a nice dog and the storyline shows how a puppy can become well-adjusted, learn new situations and some basic rules, and in this case, have freedom to roam while near home but accept leash laws when out and about on public streets (they live in a rural area of Wyoming). This book has a different feel from Merle\’s Door, very casual and an easy read- I finished it in one sitting.
Borrowed from the public library.
Rating: 3/5 200 pages, 2010