Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Book Review: Marley and Me

Marley and Me: Life and Love with the Worlds Worst Dog by John Grogan

John Grogan takes us on a playful romp with his oversized neurotic Yellow American Labrador Retriever. He follows the dog’s life from puppyhood to Marley’s final days. Marley is Everydog as he goes from an undisciplined pup to an undisciplined adult and takes over the Grogan family and their house despite his rascally ways. He has several narrow escapes, especially after Grogan’s wife nears the end of her tether with Marley’s antics during postpartum. To add to the mayhem, Marley has an extreme case of Stormphobia, which results in more damage to the house from Marley than the storms. This is a magical account of one dog’s life - pet owners will quickly identify with things like torn up couches, mutilated walls, and over-exuberance found only in dogs. Every page holds the laughter and tears only a beloved dog can bring to a family. Even people without dogs will appreciate the route Marley takes to become the heart of the Grogan family.