Bad Dogs Have More Fun: Selected Writings on Family, Animals, and Life from The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Bad Dogs Have More Fun: Selected Writings on Family, Animals, and Life from The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Bad Dogs Have More Fun is an unforgettable collection of more than seventy-five newspaper articles from The Philadelphia Inquirer written by former columnist John Grogan. Combining humor, wit, poignancy, and affection, these columns provide insight into the intriguing and wonderful world we live in. Whether it be writing about animals (from dogs to elephants to geese!), po...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Vanguard Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Kirsti
Huh, I wondered why I felt like something was off with this one. I mean, the title should indicate that this book is about dogs,and coming from the author of Marley and me you think you're going to have a fun read that might get emotional. Not so, few of these stories are funny, and fewer still are about animals. I wondered why as I read; would John Grogan capitalize on the success he had before? Few people can get enough of Marley after all. Then I read a post by John himself; that he had no ha...more
Ladiibbug
Jun 20, 2009 Ladiibbug rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO One! - See Comments
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Front Cover:

"Bad Dogs Have More Fun

Selected Writings on Family, Animals, and Life from The Philadelphia Inquirer

John Grogan, Author of the #1 New York Times Best-seller, Marley and Me"

Copyright Page:

"The articles in this book were originally written by John Grogan and published in a beloved column in The Philadelphia Inquirer, which owns the rights to them.

This book is being published through an arrangement with The Philadelphia Inquirer. Mr. Grogan has not participated in its publica...more
Kristin
Before reading Marley and Me, I frequently read John Grogan's columns in the Philadelphia Inquirer because he wrote about the common man and always found fascinating subjects for his columns. This book is a collection of some of those columns, published by the Inquirer, so while the work is Grogan's writing, it isn't a book of new writings and long-time readers of his columns have probably read it all before.
For me, most were new, as I only read the Inquirer for 4 years while in college. This bo...more
Shelley Daugherty
This is a collection of heartfelt articles from Grogan's newspaper articles. Wonderful book. It even includes the beginnings of Marley and me by including his goodbye note to Marley. Now don't get me wrong, this is not all sappy but rather a great mix of life in general. You will be amazed how many ideas he touches on in these excerpts. I can't tell you how many times I said to myself....finally someone else thinks that!

Love it!!!!
Mom
John Grogan wrote Marley and Me and I was ready to enjoy more 'bad dog' stories. Turns out, they are miscellaneous newspaper articles written throughout the years by the Marley author...and only a handful contain stories about dogs. Very disappointing. And very self-serving, if you ask me. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone...even if it has a really cute-looking bad dog on the cover.
Celticoracle
I didn't realize when I borrowed this that John Grogan had nothing to do with the publication of this collection of his old columns (it was instead compiled by his former newspaper). I can't help but wonder what this book would have been with Grogan's input. The writing in the selected columns is terribly uneven, with excellent pieces interspersed between others that weren't much more than mediocre. I somehow think Grogan might have chosen different columns, if he had been involved.

I also questi...more
Joanna
This book is made up of John Grogan's (Marley Me)newspaper articles from The Philadelphia Inquirer. I didn't appreciate the short articles on what I felt were often forced topics to make a deadline. Read Marley and Me instead--it's wonderful.
Sharyn
You can't judge a book by its cover - or its title! Wouldn't one think this book was about dogs? I got this on CD so I could listen to something light. It is a reading from his articles that he writes in the paper - two were funny - Parenting 101 and the one when he is a suspected terrorist at the airport - twice in one trip.
Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
I am definitely a sap when it comes to animals. I am also definitely a sap whenever I watch the movie Marley and Me, based on John Grogan’s book of the same name. So, when I was at the used bookstore and saw Bad Dogs Have More Fun, by John Grogan, I snatched it up. Truth be known, I never actually read the book Marley and Me, so I had no idea what Grogan’s writing would be like, but the cute English Springer Spaniel on the cover was a definite selling point—especially since I have two English Sp...more
Simon
May 10, 2011 Simon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kayla
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Allison
Overall it was a good book but it was not what I expected.

With that title, I expected it to be about dogs or at least his articles about dogs. As a former lab owner I was expecting lots of articles about his rambunctious lab. I always love reading the crazy stories about labs and all the trouble they cause. It reminds me of my crazy lab Doc Holiday and his endless antics. I wanted him to prove why "Bad dogs have more fun". John Grogan is known for his book "Marley and Me". While there was a sma...more
Sandra
Feb 09, 2008 Sandra rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Newspaper Column Addicts
Shelves: memoirs
When I was training for a marathon this last summer, my roadside companion was an ipod with books downloaded on it. That's how I came to know John Grogan. I picked up a copy of the audiobook of Marley and Me and listened to it while I was doing a 15 mile run. I fell in love with Marley. He reminded me of the dog I had growing up, Baron. Baron a huge Golden Retriever, Marley an enormous Golden Lab. Both had the same qualities about them that made them seem more human than canine--an ability to se...more
Nikki Finn
"Zlobiví psi" je příjemná oddechový četba, která nikoho neurazí. Nenechte se zmást názvem. Já osobně byla velmi překvapena, možná zklamána, že se v knize neobjevoval oblíbený hafan Marley. Kniha je celá poskládaná z mini článků, které byly vytištěny v novinách, pro které autor po několik let psal. Kniha je rozdělena do třech částí - rodina, zvířata a život. Převážně poslední část je tou, kterou se John Grogan zabývá nejvíc. Každá článek nese jiný název a nese se v jiném duchu, v knize se objevuj...more
Denise
I loved these short articles from John Grogan. I find his work funny. I can relate a lot to what he writes.

Lines I loved:

Read: Too Much of a Good Thing: Raising Children of Character in an Indulgent Age.

Family dinners are a time to remind the child: This is what we believe in, this is our view of the world.

I’m not sure what’s scarier, the right to bear arms or the right to bear children. Put them together and you have a good argument for licensing both.

She never, ever, ever gave up hope. This is...more
*ile*
Premetto che la maggior parte di questo libro l'ho letta durante una domenica di relax in cui mi sentivo particolarmente in pace col cosmo, ma l'ho trovato davvero carinissimo e molto delicato.
Si tratta di una raccolta di articoli scritti da John Grogan, l'autore del meraviglioso, divertentissimo e toccante "Io & Marley"; quest'antologia è divisa in tre sezioni "Vita", "Animali" e "Famiglia" e quella che ero più ansiosa di leggere era la parte riguardante gli animali ma devo ammettere che qu...more
Jennifer
I was given this book as a gift and from the cover expected it to be a story about a dog. I soon found out it wasn't. I know I know don't judge a book by its cover but I did. At first I found this book to be similar to the chicken soup for the soul series short stories that had meaning but than discovered this wasn't entirely true either. I would have loved the stories in this book if the ones that had political influnces would have been ommited. I feel I live in a world where ploitics is cramme...more
Alejandra
I will always buy any book by John Grogan just because he wrote Marley and Me and it´s one of my favourite books of all times. This one is a short compilation of some of his column writings for The Philadelphia Enquirer. He talks about life, family and of course, animals. There´s a little bit of everything in here: something that will make you laugh out loud, something that will make you cry, something that will leave you with an open mouth in surprise... All in all a good, quick and easy read.
Tracy
If you're looking for a very light read and you enjoy reading news articles this is the book for you. The title is sort of misleading if you don't continue to read the subtitle. There is a section on the book about animals, but that is about a 1/3 of the book. A co-worker of mine thought that this would be the perfect book since my Springer Spaniel decided to chew a huge hole in my couch.
Cristen
I was excited to read this book after reading Marley Me and liking it so much. Given what he has written in the past and the title of the book I assumed it would be a collection of stories he received after his column about Marley in the paper considering that he mentions this outpouring in the Marley book. However, this was not the case, it was more along the lines of columns he wrote for papers over years discussing either funny or serious stories and anecdotes. Only a very small chapter of th...more
Lori
I enjoyed listening to this book. I find the author to be a very good writer. This is a collection of his newspaper columns so each is like a short story. There's not as many about animals, as the title suggests, which at first disappointed me because I loved Marley and Me so much. John Grogan is very thought provoking. The articles are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes sarcastic, but always make you think. You do get more glimpses into his personal and family life. This was the right ti...more
Inês
Um livro que se lê muito bem em que o autor escreve sobre tudo, com humor, com sentimento.
Muito bom.

A book that we read well in wich the author writes about everything, with humour, with felling.
Very good.
Amanda
This book was a compilation of opinion columns written by John Grogan (author of Marley & Me) for the Philadelphia Inquirer. I had a fun time reading this book as the author has a great way of sharing his opinion without forcing it down your throat, and he successfully made me laugh or cry through nearly every column. It was also enjoyed the columns because he frequently referred to towns and schools in southeastern Pennsylvania that provided a level of familiarity for me.

I will admit though...more
 Gigi Ann
First off let me say, I bought this book because I thought it was written by John Grogan, the author of "Marley and Me." However, I noticed on the back cover of the book, in very fine print this: "The articles in this book were originally written by John Grogan and published in columns in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which owns the rights to them. This book is published through an arrangement with The Philadelphia Inquirer. Mr. Grogan has not participated in its publication and is not profiting fr...more
Mallory
This collection of articles by the author of "Marley & Me" are slotted under the headings Family, Animals and Life, and present an interesting and varied perspective on topics both funny and poignant. There's a lot of local Philadelphia flavor, but it's presented from Grogan's "outsider" perspective. I enjoyed hearing more tidbits about Marley the lab and how the resulting (and unexpected) fame from "Marley & Me" affected Grogan and his family. Overall, a very easy read that lends itself...more
Jennifer Sieminski
My first impression from the title was that this was going to be a bunch of dog stories and I was disappointed when it wasn't. It was ok but the book didn't suck me in. I found only a handful of the articles really interested me.
Sharon Lensky
"Marley and Me" writer's compendium of selected newspaper columns. If you like his writing style you should enjoy this.
Stacey
As the description states, this is a collection of John Grogan's columns from the Philadelphia Inquirer. This book is a great collection of his columns. I had never read his column, only "Marley and Me," so this book was a good way to read a sampling of his writing. The format was well done with three major sections. The articles chosen provide the reader with an insight into Grogan's views which often prompted personal reflection. Notably, in the third section Grogan takes on some heavy topics....more
Kate
One negative aspect about this book that I did not realize when I bought it, is that Grogan neither participated in or earned money from its publication. This book feels like the Inquirer trying to make a quick buck. It is divided into three sections: family, animals, and life. Within each section, the articles are arranged by publication date and not by any theme. This gives the book a disjointed feeling and no over all connectivity. While some of the articles are cute, touching, or funny, the...more
Jaime
Some of the stories in this collection of stories were heart-warming and funny but for the most part, I didn't really bat an eye at most of the stories. I could have used a lot more dog stories since that's what made the author famous
Erin
This may not be fair of me to review this, considering I barely read any of it, but who cares. I read the first couple of stories at the beginning of the book and was confused. It bored the pants off of me and wasn't quite sure why this was a book. So I skipped to the animal part, the main reason I wanted to read the book.
The first couple of stories were ok. Then I got to the story about the ALF and the monkey farm. It pissed me off and I was done. There may be some other articles in there that...more
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John Grogan's first book, Marley & Me, is a number one international bestseller soon to be released as a major motion picture. His second book is The Longest Trip Home. John lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Jenny, and their three children.
More about John Grogan...
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