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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog [Paperback]

John Grogan
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Feb. 22 2008

The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars It was beautiful story July 18 2007
It was a good read and I liked many things about it, particularly pleasing to me was that the dog was well treated and loved as only a true dog lover can when faced with a neurotic, "untrainable dog". Only a true dog lover would have kept this animal because we all know that given half the obstacles the author faced, most would have brought this animal to the pound. Most dogs aren't perfect and this book breaks the myths around that, but they can still be loved and a wonderful part of your family regardless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Must have' dog reading July 9 2006
By Tanya
What a great book. Astute observations of mans best will make you will make you laugh out loud.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! June 6 2006
I loved this book. I was a little hesitant at first because I have an older dog and I thought it might make me too emotional. It is actually pretty funny and touching.

This couple are both saints for putting up with the psychotic behaviour of this dog and not giving up on Marley.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dog-gone good April 20 2006
John Grogan tells the story of life with his dog Marley. Marley is an irascible lab that while lacking manners or a calm demeanor manages to steal the hearts of John and his wife. This is story that will touch your heart to its very core. All of the trouble and destruction that Marley manages to create makes you wonder how the Grogans managed to cope, but in the end it is the perfect love story, perfect, unconditional love. If you have ever loved a dog this tale will melt you. If you have ever lost a beloved dog, be prepared to feel the loss all over again. John Grogan writes with his heart and soul and the emotion will sweep you up and captivate you with it's purity. It is laugh out loud funny as Marley wages "innocent" havoc in his home and neighborhood and in the end.....with your heart. Would also recommend the novels "Cell" by Stephen King, "Katzenjammer" by Jackson McCrae, and "Time Traveler's Wife" for other excellent reads. --.
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5.0 out of 5 stars better you then me June 10 2008
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Oh my. If you are not a dog owner and are thinking about becoming one, read this book. Marley is a nightmare with a smile. He is the dog you see your neighbor being pull by on there evening walks. I don't remember laughing so hard I had to stop reading. My only request in my book reading life would be to find a book were the end is not the end of the dog. Love the book, love the dog. Very well put together. You will laugh yourself to the breeder to get your own Marley...good luck with that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marley, Marley, Marley... May 16 2008
This was one of the few books that made me cry. People who don't have dogs wonder how those of who do, can put up with their antics. This book shows all manner of antics, but it also shows how important one dog can become. You share in the joys, the sorrows, and the disagreements Marley brings. If you finish the book though, you can see how a dog can win your heart, and how you can put up with the antics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Conquers All ! Aug. 11 2006
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Every dog owner has had bad moments. Perhaps your beloved pet snapped at a baby. Or ripped up the wallpaper in the living. Or teethed on an expensive shoe. Or ran in front of a car and was injured.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story about friendship! July 17 2006
I am a cat lover. However, I truly loved this book. If you have ever had a pet, you will understand the relationship between Marley and John. When I started reading this book, I had just had my first pet (my beloved cat, Sydney) put down after a brief but debilitating illness. I was feeling sad to say the least.

This book made me laugh and it made me cry. What a wonderful tribute to put into words all that your pet has meant to you without glossing over the unavoidable bad times. This is a charming and enjoyable story of a dog and his human family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marley & Me
Seems I lived a parallel life with my bud Duke. May he RIP in doggie heaven. Man' Best Friend indeed.
Published 4 months ago by Paul Martens
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Marley
I have never owned a dog and was hesitant about buying this book but so glad I did!!
How lucky Marley was to be adopted into the Grogan family and how lucky they were to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carol Paterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the tissues nearby
This book is well written and better yet well told. You will cry however, so keep the tissue box nearby.
Published 12 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Still get choked up when I look at that adorable face.
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 more
Published on Nov. 15 2010 by Halifax Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Marley and Me
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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I had borrowed and read this book in hardcover several months ago. While on vacation, a group of women were talking about the recent movie version of this book. Read more
Published on April 14 2009 by Muddlethrough
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to Laugh and Cry
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming and tear-jerking
This book was incredible. I started reading it about a month after my yellow lab Shadow passed away. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2009 by S. Vockeroth
5.0 out of 5 stars This Will Bring Tears To Your Eyes
This is the story of the life journey humans and animals share together with its ups and downs, its laughter, tears, joys and heartbreaks, a journey worth taking. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2009 by Toni Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, heartfelt..lovely great book
This book was so funny, heart warming, touching..and all around loveable. I have two lab's myself and as I was reading the book, I found myself looking at my own two. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2008 by Roseanne Whynot
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