Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Marley and me by John Grogan

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 fur ball of a puppy. Life would never be the same. Marley quickly grew into a barrelling, 44-kilo steamroller 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 jewellery. Obedience school did no good- Marley was expelled. Yet Marley's heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behaviour, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms. (from the publisher's notes).
Having had a long-term relationship with one dog, lost two dogs early in their lives and now living (and loving it) with a mother-and-son Cavalier King Charles Spaniel duo, I know only too well how dogs can steal your heart away. This book had me laughing and crying as Marley barrelled his way through life (and doors). I heartily recommend this to anyone who loves dogs - only they will understand how John and Jenny and their family adored Marley despite some very odd behaviour.
Rating - I give this 5/5


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Reviewed by Jan @ lBallarat branch

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