Merle's Door was a sensation because Ted Kerasote writes so beautifully about his dog, and his dog's love of the land. In Dog in the Woods, Kathryn Miles takes a step back from the wild places Kerasote describes. When she adopts Ari, an exotic Jindo dog, the two of them begin to explore the outdoors together. The landscape is hardly dramatic-most readers can find the same fields and forests that she and Ari walk-but Miles offers an unusual perspective. She describes seeing the land through her dog's eyes. The result is a compelling read, with wonderful details about dogs and dog life, as well as the nature that surrounds all of us.