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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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This book's reputation preceded itself. And I have to agree with the reputation of what other reader's have given it. It is absolutely wonderful. I laughed out loud, I cried. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Blueeyedshook
Great book for animal lovers and other readers too!
Book is as good as the movie and you can create the pictures in your head.
Wonderful heartfelt story of a vanilla family's adventures with a family member, Marley. My daughter and I completely related to this wonderful story and our yellow lab pup (Teddy)... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Troy
This is not only a great story about a dog, but a tender love story about a couple and their growing family. I laughed and I cried. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Bretzing
stupid...worst book ive ever read it is just like any other dog book . dont read this crap. the dog gets adopted, happily ever afterPublished 1 month ago by xjajfw
Marley reaches out to everyone with understanding and love and he's a dog. In the story Marley becomes a central member of a family and how the family and he reacts to life's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wii-zer Lady