I know this isn’t a great work of literature, but as a dog lover I just had to read it. This is the story of John and Jenny, a newly married couple that add a lovely Labrador puppy to their family. But the Labrador, Marley, turns out to be a mentally not very normal, huge, slobbering dog. He’s hard to control, he is destructive, he is not very intelligent. But he is extremely loving and loyal. The book covers Marley’s life with the Grogans, including the birth of their three children and their move across the country. In short episodes happenings with Marley are described.
The emphasis is very much on how bad a dog Marley is, and maybe I like dogs too much, but I hardly agree. Yeah he doesn’t listen, but he is not evil. Yeah he is destructive, but mostly out of fear and loneliness, and because he doesn’t know his own strength. I can understand that he tried the Grogans’ patience, but I think he sounds like a very loving dog. Luckily Grogan admits this at the end of the book. The end of the book, and the end of Marley’s life was so sad, I couldn’t help but shed a tear. The book itself is no masterpiece, but a fun and emotional read nonetheless, and a good reflection of what it like to love a dog.