Pukka’s Promise by Ted Kerasote – Book Review
Have you ever had a pet that was so special, that he forever changed your life?
Ted Kerasote has.
For nearly 13 years, Ted traversed the Rockies and the Wyoming wilderness with his best friend, Merle – a half-wild, lab/hound/retriever mix he first encountered in the Utah desert when Merle was only 10 months old.
Before long, a special bond formed between the two of them and Ted and Merle became inseparable – that is, until, 13 years later, when a cruel medical diagnosis shattered Ted’s world. Faced with the knowledge that the dog of his heart was dying – and heartbroken as he watched the magical world that he and Merle shared crumble to dust – Ted found himself asking the same question that countless dog lovers before him have asked:
Why must our dogs die so young?
In the months that followed, Ted grieved, and the depth of his loss was enormous. As part of his healing process, he wrote Merle’s biography, touching countless people in the process. As he replaced, “word by word, the grief of losing him with the joy of reassembling the tender details of who he had been”, a national best-seller, Merle’s Door – Lessons From A Freethinking Dog, was birthed.
Eventually, Ted found himself ready to open his heart to a new dog but – after spending so many years with Merle – he did not want just any dog. He wanted a dog that possessed many of the qualities that made Merle so special – and he wanted to ensure that he took every step possible to ensure that, from a genetic, environmental, and lifestyle standpoint, his new dog would lead the longest and healthiest life possible.
And so, Pukka’s Promise – The Quest For Longer Lived Dogs, was born.
In Pukka’s Promise, Ted masterfully weaves together three tales – the story of his last days with Merle – his search for and life with his new puppy, Pukka – and his research into all aspects of canine longevity – into one moving and fascinating book.
Pukka’s Promise is rich in details about what dogs think, how dogs act, and how dogs feel, based on his personal observations and interactions. It is also filled with Ted’s extensive research on everything you need to know to give your dog the best chance of leading a long and healthy life.
During the course of his research, Ted leaves no stones unturned.
- He spends hours in the wild, trekking wildlife and exploring the evolutionary connections between various species and the longevity of dogs.
- He travels across and outside of the country visiting rendering plants to see first hand how pet food is made.
- He pours through medical journals and interviews everyone from veterinarians to animal researchers to breeders to animal welfare leaders to bring us the latest news on such hotly debated topics as nutrition, environmental pollutants, spaying and neutering, and breeding.
- He also explores specialized topics such as how the amount of freedom a dog enjoys contributes to its health, well-being and longevity.
Pukka’s Promise is a compelling animal story and eye-opening expose that belongs on every dog and animal lover’s bookshelf.
About Ted Kerasote
Ted Kerasote is an award-winning author and photographer who writes about the interrelationship between people, animals and the environment. During his diverse, four-decades-long career, he has traveled around the world in his quest to bridge the gap between people with seemingly irreconcilable differences. His professional achievements reflect his goals: he has won awards from groups ranging from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals) to the Izaak Walton League of America (a pro-hunting organization).
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