Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

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Grogan, John

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans. John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with 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 grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, and stole women's undergarments. Obedience school did no good—Marley was expelled. But just as Marley joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley remained a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit's end.

Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms. Marley & Me is John Grogan's funny, unforgettable tribute to this wonderful, wildly neurotic Lab and the meaning he brought to their lives. (From the publisher.)

Discussion Guide: 


1. What does John Grogan suggest our pets teach us about life and living? What lessons can we learn from them?

2. What is it that allows 4-legged creatures to burrow into our human affection? Why does this cross-species devotion exist —on our part and theirs? What do humans, in particular, gain from it?

3. For cat lovers, do humans have the same relationship with or devotion to—and from—their feline pets?

4. What parts of the book did you find particularly funny, even laugh-out-loud (LOL) funny?

5. Did you find Marley endearing, annoying...or what?

6. Use your discussion for personal stories and Show & Tell photographs. Everyone's got a great story to share!

(Questions by LitLovers.)