Marley and Me: Life and Love With the Worlds Worst Dog by John GroganJohn 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 womens 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, Dont hesitate to use these.
And yet Marleys heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley shared the couples 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 wits end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.
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Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog is a New York Times bestselling and destructive, and the book covers the issues this causes in the family as they learn to accept him in addition to their grief following Marley's death.
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Marley and Me author John Grogan has spoken about the grief he experienced when his family made the decision to put their dog down. His book Marley and Me went on to become a massive success in the cinema in a film adaptation which saw Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston play a couple who adopted a dog called Marley, based on Grogan's own experience. Read more: Pet owners rejoice: Dogs understand what we say and how we say it, scientists find. I thought it was a small, little story that only a few people would read. I was surprised that it took off in the way that it did," he said of the book's success. The dog was the catalyst that forced the couple to be serious about becoming grown-ups.