Books to curl up with: a librarian's musings

Friday, May 19, 2006

A dog's life

I must admit that I am a cat person, but I am a sucker for a good animal story. Marley & Me by John Grogan is one of those books. Goofy, stupid Marley will steal your heart.

Grogan and his wife decide to get a puppy as a trial for the responsibility of parenthood. They go to a lady breeder of labradors. They are only going to look. Yeah, right. They meet the puppies and their gentle graceful mother. (Turns out that dad is out of the house for good reason. You'd know these puppies are going to be high energy and more than a little crazy. ) They fall in love with Marley, who comes right over and wants some loving.

Grogan gives the book the subtitle - life and love with the world's worst dog. This is true. He chews everything. He runs wild. He gets kicked out of obedience school. Still as crazy and destructive as Marley can be, he is also as kind and loving as he can be. Grogan chronicles their lives with Marley as young newlyweds, first time parents, etc. He is their crazy family dog.

This book was a real pleasure.


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