Inder's Reviews > Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

Marley and Me by John Grogan
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Jul 17, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: dogs, memoir, couldntfinish
Read in July, 2008

Read the first several chapters on one of those comfy chairs at the bookstore during a long lunch break.

I have news. Marley was not an "irrepressible," "rambunctious," "handful." His "capers"? - not cute. In my opinion, Marley was an anxious, destructive, unhappy dog, and his owners just didn't put an appropriate amount of effort into training and calming him. My dogs are happy and excited AND they don't eat the entire couch when I'm gone. I'm not a dog expert, by any means, but come on!

Okay, so I sound like a real scrooge. The book is funny, and written in an engaging way. Maybe it gets better. But I can't get past this basic problem - Marley doesn't sound like a happy dog.

Is training an energetic lab easy? No way. It's really hard. But saying that your out-of-control dog is just "a little excitable" and "flunked out of obedience school" - well, it's not responsible.

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