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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1 Reprint edition (Feb. 22 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060817097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060817091
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 26 2006
Format: Hardcover
Marley: 100 pounds of unbridled canine exuberance and unrelenting mischief. Marley: proud owner of a tail that could, with metronome-like regularity, clear coffee tables and topple unsuspecting toddlers. Marley: noble member of a breed famous for its ability to guide the blind, who's declared "untrainable" and bounced out of obedience class. A perfect dog? Maybe not. But when they plucked him from a litter 13 years ago, John Grogan and his new wife gamely set out on an adventure that would change their lives forever.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Sampson on April 20 2006
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R.Sampson on Feb. 24 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tanya on July 9 2006
Format: Hardcover
What a great book. Astute observations of mans best friend...it will make you smile...it 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Tracy on July 18 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 11 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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