Title – Marley’ in Marley and me – life and love with the world’s worst dog
Author – John Grogan
Pages – 291
Genre – Memoir
Publication date – 18.10.2005
John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.
Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, flung drool on guests, stole women’s undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good—Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, “Don’t hesitate to use these.”
And yet Marley’s heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley shared the couple’s joy at their first pregnancy, and their heartbreak over the miscarriage. He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a seventeen-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night. Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit’s end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.
(minor spoilers may be ahead from here)
Journalist John Grogan recounts the thirteenth years he spent with his dog ‘Marley’ in Marley and me – life and love with the world’s worst dog.
Marley came to Grogans newly wed life when they decide to start a family, both having fond memories of their childhood dogs, get Marley (a yellow lab) home. The Grogans are amazed by the uncontrollable energy of Marley. He was not your typical well behaved Labrador, as the title suggests he was ‘worst behaved’ so much that once mental illness was suggested
As the Grogans struggle to keep up with Marley, their family continue to grow, and go through their own ups and downs but like all dogs Marley is always there to comfort and welcome them when they come back home be it when they had their miscarriages or finally when their babies came home
Reading the book I laughed and I cried. The moments of Marley behaving badly were so amusing. He is one viking of a dog that crashes and crushes everything that he feels like , drool on guests, stole women’s undergarments, and ate nearly everything from furniture to expensive jewelry.
The Grogans try to get him in an obeidence school from which he is expelled from, they even seek help of a veterinarian, who prescribes anxiolytic meds with the admonishment, “Don’t hesitate to use these” but nothing happens, Marley remained same.
I had tears in my eyes in the part where the mom comes back home after the miscarriage and (now) calm Marley showers her with love and get on her lap. Also the last chapter of Marley’s final moments is so heartbreaking.
They only problem I had with the book is this is a full family story rather than the dogs story which I expected and I would have to say Grogan was not a very responsible owner with Marley, I mean don’t blame the dog when you get him from a backyard breeder without any research and also leaving behind your about to die dog to go to Disney World, but who am I to say!
With all that said, the book is good, well written beautiful account of a not-so-perfect dog and his family
I have lived with dogs for all my life, as a kid due to nature of my dad’s job we moved alot and in all the new cities I was accompanied by my dog brother, I don’t know what I would have done without him and I really want to dedicate this to my brother snaps, we will meet someday ( wiping tears)
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