Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog Paperback – Mar 11 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Labrador retrievers are generally considered even-tempered, calm and reliable;and then there's Marley, the subject of this delightful tribute to one Lab who doesn't fit the mold. Grogan, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his wife, Jenny, were newly married and living in West Palm Beach when they decided that owning a dog would give them a foretaste of the parenthood they anticipated. Marley was a sweet, affectionate puppy who grew into a lovably naughty, hyperactive dog. With a light touch, the author details how Marley was kicked out of obedience school after humiliating his instructor (whom Grogan calls Miss Dominatrix) and swallowed an 18-karat solid gold necklace (Grogan describes his gross but hilarious "recovery operation"). With the arrival of children in the family, Marley became so incorrigible that Jenny, stressed out by a new baby, ordered her husband to get rid of him; she eventually recovered her equilibrium and relented. Grogan's chronicle of the adventures parents and children (eventually three) enjoyed with the overly energetic but endearing dog is delivered with great humor. Dog lovers will love this account of Grogan's much loved canine.
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"Oh my. I don't think I've ever seen anything so cute in my life." Thus author Grogan's wife sealed their fate when they "just went to look" at a litter of Labrador retriever puppies and ended up picking out Marley. Maybe their first clue should have been that the breeder had discounted the price on their puppy, or when they saw his father charging out of the woods covered in mud with a crazed but joyous look in his eye. Despite these portents, Marley entered their lives, and nothing was ever the same again. Between careening through screen doors and swallowing everything that would fit in his mouth, Marley also managed to comfort these two when they miscarried their first child. Although Marley got kicked out of obedience training after he dragged the instructor across the parking lot and terrorized his pet sitter, he also landed a minor role in a straight-to-video movie. Marley, incorrigible though he was, had inserted himself into the author's life in a way no normal dog could. A warm, friendly -memoir-with-dog. Nancy Bent
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As a puppy, this whirling dervish with huge golden paws and an enormous head jumps, chews, careens, and goes nuclear at the first rumble of thunder. With his uncontainable energy, Marley isn't exactly the calm, attentive, obedient Lab the Grogans had hoped for. As the years pass and the family grows, Marley teaches his owners hard lessons in patience. His neurotic behavior, though mellowed over time, becomes a lasting and finally acceptable characteristic, and his loyalty and love enrich the Grogans' own notions of friendship and responsibility.
Joyfully infectious, Marley & Me is a loving valentine to one dog and his unquenchable spirit. John Grogan has captured their journey together, and in this delightfully moving story, has set the bar high for dog owners everywhere.
I would also like to recommend-The Quest-by Giorgio Kostantinos.
Similar to 'Shakespeare my b**t!' by the British author John Donoghue, this too explores the relationship of a wayward Labrador to his adopted human pack.
If you know anyone who is thinking of getting a dog...get them to read either of these books first. They will either rush out and buy one or never entertain the thought of a dog again!
If you already have a dog, you'll recognise the antics of these dogs only too well!
A 'must have' for any dog lover.
Well, nothing you experienced will probably approach the virtually non-step disasters that the loopy Marley brought to Grogan family. Unless you've also known a mentally imbalanced Labrador, Marley will make you count your blessings about your luck as a dog owner and lover.
Mr. Grogan and his wife had each had good experiences with childhood dogs. They were unsuspecting when they went to buy the cute purebred Labrador puppy that Mr. Grogan dreamed of showing. There was one little hint: The sire raced by them on the first visit in a particularly bizarre way. Well, the son was a true heir to that behavior.
I won't go into all of Marley's problems . . . but he had almost all of the bad habits a dog can have except for eating his own stool. To compensate for that one point of relief, Marley developed a taste for chicken droppings late in life.
It wasn't unusual to have to rebuild rooms, replace screens in doors, buy new furniture and drag valuable items out of his throat.
Even on tranquilizers a thunderstorm was a terrible trauma for poor Marley.
The remarkable thing is that the Grogans' love for Marley surmounted the inconveniences of living with Marley. As you read about their remarkable patience, you'll be reminded on many moments when your patience was also tried . . . and you'll relive the happy times in your life with dogs.
The book covers Marley's entire life . . . and the changes that occurred in the Grogans' lives because of Marley.
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Seems I lived a parallel life with my bud Duke. May he RIP in doggie heaven. Man' Best Friend indeed.Published 23 months ago by Paul Martens
I have never owned a dog and was hesitant about buying this book but so glad I did!!
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This book is well written and better yet well told. You will cry however, so keep the tissue box nearby.Published on July 4 2013 by Holly
John Grogan has managed to put into words the true meaning of love...pure and unconditional. If you want to experience every emotion known to man...get a dog. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2010 by Halifax Mary
The book took a long time to come...two weeks longer than the expected time. But it was in excellent condition!Published on July 5 2009 by Heather Cameron
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Not much more to say. A fun read that reminds you of the joy and emotion of being a pet owner.Published on Feb. 22 2009 by Marc H. Stevens
This book was incredible. I started reading it about a month after my yellow lab Shadow passed away. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2009 by S. Vockeroth