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 furball of a puppy Life would never be the sameMarley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety seven pound streamroller 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 jewelry Obedience school did no good Marley was expelled Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, Don t hesitate to use these And yet Marley s heart was pure Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too Marley shared the couple s joy at their first pregnancy, and their heartbreak over the miscarriage He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a seventeen year old stabbing victim pierced the night Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit s end Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms This is just the kind of hilarious, fun book I like to read, but because I saw the movie, I almost never read books AFTER I ve seen the movie For me it s the other way around I read the book and see the movie, usually to see how much better the book was.It s been a long time since I saw the movie, so I gave the book a chance, and I m glad I did the humor and endless comedy was a blast Marley destroyed countless pieces of furniture and screen doors He routinely ate things like parts of their This is just the kind of hilarious, fun book I like to read, but because I saw the movie, I almost never read books AFTER I ve seen the movie For me it s the other way around I read the book and see the movie, usually to see how much better the book was.It s been a long time since I saw the movie, so I gave the book a chance, and I m glad I did the humor and endless comedy was a blast Marley destroyed countless pieces of furniture and screen doors He routinely ate things like parts of their stereo equipment and once, a gold necklace that was a gift from author John Grogen to his wife, Jenny Grogen then reports in hilarious detail being on poop patrol in his attempt to rescue the expensive necklace from Marley s prodigious defecation offerings to their backyard.Everything about the book is funny or touching Even the birth of their first child was told in hysterical detail Marley got kicked out of obedience school the first time for being too incorrigible When they went back many months later, he did manage to pass and he quickly snatched his diploma from John s hands and ate it If you ve ever shared your life with a dog even cats like to destroy plants, especially if they re hanging and they can pounce on them from any surface and yank them out of the wall so you come home to dirt and plant shreddings spattered across your carpeting They also like to topple books from shelves and sit on your keyboard while you re on deadline for work , you ll identify with the funny stories of how much work animal companions can be, and how much we miss them when they re gone If you live in a place that doesn t allow animals, you ll also feel a little better about how simple and unencumbered your life is, but you ll feel a wistful sense of loss, too Forof my reviews, please visit This is a mediocre book written by horrible dog owners.Marley sounds like an amusing guy but I think pets are like kids you don t get nearly as much joy from people telling you stories about their kids as you do from watching your own I have dogs whom I love very much, and often things they do I find to be very entertaining even though others might not derive the same level of enjoyment if I were to tell them all about it For this reason, there are no parts of the book that are truly funny This is a mediocre book written by horrible dog owners.Marley sounds like an amusing guy but I think pets are like kids you don t get nearly as much joy from people telling you stories about their kids as you do from watching your own I have dogs whom I love very much, and often things they do I find to be very entertaining even though others might not derive the same level of enjoyment if I were to tell them all about it For this reason, there are no parts of the book that are truly funny Perhaps I would have laughed at some parts of the book if Marley was my dog, or if I at least knew Marley but he s not, and I don t.Unfortunately, this isn t what I disliked most about the book What really stands out is that the author and his wife are horrible pet owners At best they are negligent parents More accurately, I think quite a bit of their behavior borders on animal abuse In the half of the book I read, they did the following Decided to get a dog for purely selfish purposes parental practice Read nothing about the breed before choosing to adopt a Lab Failed to do any research into the breeder Failed to seek out a trainer to work with Marley s quirks despite obvious behavioral issues Failed to provide Marley with adequate protection from storms which completely terrified him Used a choker with zeal, while almost deriving joy from Marley s near self strangulation Allowed Marley to escape from a moving vehicle, seemingly finding humor in Marley hanging out a moving car by his collar The worst part comes at the end During the last few weeks of his life, Marley becomes very sick What does the author do He leaves the dog at the vet s office and packs the family into the van for a Disney vacation Fortunately he gets back just in time to have Marley put down I then get the impression that he expects us to feel sorrow for his loss I can t imagine going on vacation while either of my pets are left, deathly ill, at the vet s office I had already developed a strong dislike for the author s idea of pet care This last incident really validated that opinion This is the first book that has ever, and I emphasize EVER, made me laugh so hard and cry so much All in one book Marley Me is the predictable and somewhat cliche story about a dog and his owner If you pick up this book expecting a unique story, put it down and look for something else If you pick up this book expecting to learn about how to train your dog, put it down and look for something else If you pick up this book wanting to read a touching, but very entertaining story about being a This is the first book that has ever, and I emphasize EVER, made me laugh so hard and cry so much All in one book Marley Me is the predictable and somewhat cliche story about a dog and his owner If you pick up this book expecting a unique story, put it down and look for something else If you pick up this book expecting to learn about how to train your dog, put it down and look for something else If you pick up this book wanting to read a touching, but very entertaining story about being a dog owner, you ve come to the right place.This book basically chronicles the Marley s life with the Grogan s from puppyhood to his last few breaths.Most of the negative reviews I ve read about this book criticized the author s poor training methods No one s perfect And just like parents, dog owners can make mistakes too Additionally, you can t celebrate life without understanding death, so to completely discredit this book because of Marley s inevitable end is to ignore one s own mortality.Overall this is a great book You might not learn anything new or for that matter, correct about dog training, but you ll at least learn to appreciate the unconditional love and affection a canine companion can bring to one s life SO my mom sent me this book because she thought I was all down after a stupid break up, and she wanted to cheer me up I wasn t really down I was totally fucking pissed off I went into reading this book seeing red Maybe that s affected how I interpreted it, but I really think this John Grogan guy and his wife are complete idiots There is no reason to ever buy a dog, ever Ever There are dogs dying all over the country because people abandon their animals or neglect to have them spayed neute SO my mom sent me this book because she thought I was all down after a stupid break up, and she wanted to cheer me up I wasn t really down I was totally fucking pissed off I went into reading this book seeing red Maybe that s affected how I interpreted it, but I really think this John Grogan guy and his wife are complete idiots There is no reason to ever buy a dog, ever Ever There are dogs dying all over the country because people abandon their animals or neglect to have them spayed neutered, and these two roll up to a backyard breeder to pick out and pay for a puppy Total bullshit I am so against the mentality that a certain breed has the traits someone is looking for or is the kind of dog they grew up with and have fond memories of, and therefore has to be bred, sold and paid for Go through a rescue group if you INSIST on being a breedist.Also There are no bad dogs, only bad dog owners World s worst dog World s worst dog owners.That being said, I don t think these two abused their dog or anything They were completely unprepared, ignorant and arrogant and I can not respect that at all If they weren t sure about having a dog and wanted to practice keeping something alive they should have fostered At least then they could have either backed out or adopted, and had help advice along the way I didn t totally hate it, though I am just awfully adamant about animal rights, and buying selling dogs is pretty much similar to buying selling people to me