Dog Lover Profile: Ted Kerasote Posted on February 28, 2013 by Michael Reply Ted Kerasote Dog lovers have people they look up to, and what Ted Kerasote is doing is really amazing. He is a dog professional, by way of a stray named Merle, who changed his life. Since that time, he has studied, learned, and questioned the traditional ways of living with our canine companions. Truly an astonishing amount of research, and revolutionary ideas, I think you will be enthralled by his story. Merle’s Door: Lessons From A Freethinking Dog This book is simply amazing, and is the story of how a dog changed the path of one man’s life. What’s truly different is how Ted Kerasote re-examines wolf pack behaviour. His research found that wolves are far more individual and permissive than traditional pack-leader thinking had us believe. Alphas are more experienced, and respected, but each individual pack member has the freedom to choose. As a dog lover, he uses this idea for his companion Merle. Two years of studying the latest scientific research makes him a true dog professional in my mind. Pukka’s Promise: The Quest For Longer-Lived Dogs After the loss of Merle, this book tells of his next companion, Pukka. Here the focus is answering how to give dogs the best and longest life possible. Ted Kerasote refuses to just accept conventional wisdom and researches spaying and neutering and compares to vasectomy and tubal ligation. As a dog lover, he is willing to go to the expense of a raw food diet, because of what he has learned on his way to becoming a dog professional. Spaying And Neutering Controversy I think this is where many people get upset, but Mr. Kerasote has good reasoning. He points out that after searching out a companion with great genes, why end the chance to continue their line? Again, with his willingness to go to great expense, he advises a vasectomy or tubal ligation, which at least can be reversed. As a dog professional, Ted Kerasote’s research of scientific evidence has led him to conclude that spaying and neutering shortens a canine’s lifespan, has an increase in some cancers, and more frequent ACL problems. Number One Cancer Prevention As a dog lover, this is absolutely my favourite piece of advice, and that is to check your companion over, from head to toe, every day. Why? To look for lumps and get them looked at by a vet immediately. Common sense, and to the point. What could be better? At Bark & Fitz, we’re firm believers in learning, reading, sharing, and Ted Kerasote clearly is, too. As dog lovers, we’re all eager to find ways to help them live longer, better lives, and keeping up with the latest research is a great way to do just that. Although you may not agree on all things with this dog professional, I am certain that you will learn a number of great things that you do agree with. Both books are compelling reading, and the website has excellent information. What Do You Think? Have you read Merle’s Door and Pukka’s Promise or visited the website? How did Ted Kerasote change how you look at your companion? Or maybe you’ve got a suggestion for our next Dog Lover Profile?