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 bought home Marley, a wiggly yellow fur ball of a puppy.
Life would never be the same. Marley quickly grew into a barrelling, ninety-seven pound steamroller 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 jewellery.
Obedience school did no good - Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilisers 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 behaviour, 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.
Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms. The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life.
For lovers of Tuesdays with Morrie, The Year of Magical Thinking, and even, of course, dogs!
- Format: CD-Audio
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 29/06/2006
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9781844563166
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Review by Katymelrose
I listened to this on audio book. I really enjoyed it, but would have probably liked it more had it been someone else who read it. Overall, its a great story for anyone that has ever had a dog. There are so many things that we all can commiserate with, but there are also plenty of places where we have the opportunity to criticize from a distance.I got to sit on my high horse and think about the way I act with my dog and how there are certain things that I would NEVER do that they did. However, there was a bit of introspection as well. There are surely things that we could all do better with our dogs, so this is a not-so-poignant way of pointing those out to all of us with dogs.Should probably be required reading for anyone thinking about getting a dog or especially a puppy. I think it will give a more realistic view of what to expect than any of the Dogs for Dummies type books out there. The only thing I would have changed is that I wouldn't have had my dog in the car with me for the end....and again, maybe have had someone else read the audio book.