Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
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The heartwarming and unforgettable
of a family in the making and the
wondrously neurotic dog
them what really matters in
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 same.
Marley 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 goodï¿½Marley was expelled.
Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed
for him with the admonishment, "Don't hesitate to use
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.
Is it possible for humans
to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life,
bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.
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