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Saturday, 21 March 2009

Marley & me

'life and love with the world's worst dog'

The movie is out now, but I was determined to read the book before I go to see the movie - I'm so glad I did. My co-worker's girlfriend lend me the book, and what a wonderful read. Well, it obviously helped that we do have a dog - and a yellow labrador even. John Grogan writes with a wonderful wit which is just absolutely refreshing to read without being soppy. He writes about his adventures with Marley, a yellow labrador. I was reading in the train and found myself literally laughing out loud - a cardinal sin on a morning communter train LOL. As our own Labrador, Bonnie, is only 3 years old now, I also found it very interesting moving to read about how Marley got older and infirm, eventually very infirm.

The story is simple enough - and the title sums it up : 'Life and Love with Marley'. John and Jenny, just beginning thier life together, were young and deeply in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Than they brought home Marley, a wigly yellow furall of a puppy.

Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew up into a do like no other, an unstoppable ninety-seven pound steamroller of a Labrador. He crashed through sreen doors, stole women's underwear, and ate anything he could get his mouth round - including furniture and fine jewellery. Marley was expelled from obedience school. Even prescription tranquillizers from the vet couldn't stop him.

And yet Marley's heart was pure. He shared John and Jenny's happiness at their first pregnancy, and their heartbreak when Jenny miscarried. He was theire wehn babies arrieved and when a girl was attacked in the neighbourhood. He managed to get a public beach shut and caused chaos when he landed a role in a film. Through it all, he won hearts and remained a steadfast model of devotion to his family, even when they were at their wit's end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.



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