Marley and Me

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Marley and Me

Marley and MeBy: John Grogan

Imagine buying a dog that would not listen to anything you told him, a dog that enjoyed harassing personal items, swallowing expensive jewelry, etc. a dog that would not even listen to a trainer specialized in fixing bad dogs. Well, this dog’s name was Marley and the only reason he wasn’t getting shipped off to the pound was due to the fact that he was fantastic with children which was odd considering his mischievous side. In the book Marley and Me, Josh Grogan shares his experience with Marley, the good and the bad. This is a non-fiction story that brings upon much humor. Marley and Me is about a man, John Grogan who remembers the fun times with the dog he had when he was a young child, and after marrying to his wife Jenny and having children, she decides it’s the best time to get a puppy because it can help with distracting the kids. Shortly after they got him, Marley ate everything from shoes to toilet paper causing an annoyance from Jenny and John, but Marley was great with raising the kids. The kids and Marley grew up together, aged together, and formed such a strong relationship. After a while after many up’s and downs at Thanksgiving, Marley starts to become very ill (He had Cancer). The family was in distress about losing the dog that had taught them so many key essentials to life, but they had to spend the last moments of his life caring about Marley and not themselves. Something major that keeps popping up in the book is that Josh Grogan uses imagery and smilies (metaphors) to describe spending their families lifetime depending on Marley. Friendship always comes at a cost because they always have their ups and downs but in the end you learn life essentials important to becoming the person you aspire to be.

Summary

The book also teaches us what a dog can teach a human how to be. ~“Never slow down, never look back, live each day with adolescent verve and spunk and curiosity and playfulness. If you think you’re still a young pup, then maybe you are, no matter what the calendar says.” “A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.” “He taught us the art of unqualified love. How to give it, how to accept it. Where there is that, most other pieces fall into place.” The book teaches what a dog can teach a human because as Grogan says Marley taught the whole family unqualified love and how to accept it and never give up on it even if things get tough or get in the way. Also, Marley taught them how to live each day with exuberance and joy, to appreciate the simple things, optimism in the face of adversity which a lot of people can’t teach one just by talking, but Marley taught them just by the way she acted and cared.

Characters

~Marley~John Grogan~Jenny Grogan~~Patrick Grogan~Conor Grogan

The book has great details and imagery of what it’s like to have a connection with a dog. “A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?” “Animal lovers are a special breed of humans, generous of spirit, full of empathy, perhaps a little prone to sentimentality, and with hearts as big as a cloudless sky” “In a dog's life, some plaster would fall, some cushions would open, some rugs would shred. Like any relationship, this one had its costs. They were costs we came to accept and balance against the joy and amusement and protection and companionship he gave us.” These quotes show great analogies and imagery of the connection and relationship between owner and animal, like Grogan says in one of the quotes “hearts as big as a cloudless sky” which really shows us how much he loved Marley since he can tell us the love in such great detail.

I would recommend this book because it gives great lessons of friendship. It gives lessons of friendship by showing the good connection between Marley and John, but especially the connection with the whole family. “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” “A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.” These quotes show how the relationship between a man and dog is really like no other because it gives a lesson of friendship not only with the animal but how as Josh Grogan mentioned, brings together a family or mass group of people. These quotes show how the relationship between a man and dog is really like no other because it gives a lesson of friendship not only with the animal but how as Josh Grogan mentioned, brings together a family or mass group of people.

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