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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I just saw this bromide (below) over on the Marley message boards, and I have to say it totally resonated with me. I'm constantly amazed at how guileless dogs are. As I said in the book, a dog doesn't care how much money you make, or what kind of car you drive, or your zip code, or class or race or creed. Except for the variety involving sticks and tennis balls, a dog does not play games.

A while back I was in midtown Manhattan for a meeting with my publisher, and I was walking down Fifth Avenue, the epicenter of America's fabled runaway consumerism. There outside one of the designer shops was a homeless man in a wheelchair, with his mixed-breed dog at his side. I watched as the man hobbled away from his chair to rummage through a trash can. The dog, surrounded by one of the world's most ostentatious displays of wealth, had eyes only for his master. And whenever anyone got too close to the empty chair, he would growl defensively. No powdered lady in a Rolls Royce was going to woo this mutt away to a more comfortable life. And I suppose that, in a nutshell, is why we so love our dogs.

Thanks "Typingfool" for sharing this bit of wisdom, even if the author is unknown....


If You Can..

If you can live without caffeine,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend's limited education,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can honestly say that deep within your heart you have no prejudice
against creed, color, religion, gender preference, or politics,
THEN, you have ALMOST reached the same level of development as your dog.

-Author unknown

posted by John Grogan at 6:44 AM

8 Comments:

Blogger bizwanger said...

Thank you for reminding me to take the lessons that I learn from my dog and try to apply them to my life. I once saw a church board with the saying " I wish I were the person my dog thought I was" I'm still working towards that goal.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Dayse said...

Hi I´m from Brazil and I finished your book right now!! And belive me, i´m crying just imagining the pain that you felt with Marley´s lost.
I have a poodle named Yuri waiting for me at home, and I´m here counting time to go home and give him a big hug.
Tks for the great history!!

12:17 PM  
Blogger LISA said...

Hello,
I picked up your book at a library yesterday and I'm already on page 150!!! that is even working full time, school full time, 3 dogs of my own and 2 step children! I absolutely love your writing style... and am truly in love with your family and love for dogs!

I'm going to keep reading now! ha!

5:00 PM  
Blogger Susana said...

i love the book "marley and me". i am from Portugal and i finished this book now, and i have to say that is a underfull story. i smile, i cry, i feel every pices of the story. I just to say that i want to have one marley for me. i have a cat, his name is joka, and he are a crazy cat.. and a feel in the last pages of your book the feeling that one day he have to go...

4:10 PM  
Blogger Ana Maria Cercal said...

Hi I´m from Brazil and today I finished to read your book and I loved. I smiled and I cried, but I'd love to have a dog like Marley. Thank you for divide with us this beautiful history!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Roger Tan said...

Hi John, I would just like to convey my deepest appreciation to you on writing a wonderful book that is "Marley & Me". I've read it twice and still it bring me so much joy as if I was reading it for the first time. I too have a 7 year old lady labrador who behaves just as mischievously as Marley, so I can relate to your experiences. Once again, thank you & God bless...

7:41 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Hi, I'm from U.S.A and I'm reading your book today on 8-15-07 and I'm at chapter 10 on the second day I bought it! This book is so great!Jenny is sometimes creul to Marley, but he deserves it for tearing up the couch. Remember that time Jenny's necklace was gone! Marley had to poop it out! YUCKY! Please don't spoil it for me and tell me the story!Here, it is $12.74 with 25% off! Unlike Canada, it's $19.99!1# selling in NY!This deserves a #10 even though I haven't read the whole book, it's a 10! I totally love dogs!Thanks for putting the pictures in the middle so we can she Marley! Marley is almost like my dog, Baby! Baby basicy chokes herself on the leash, she loves car rides, she's playful, and she chews on everything she can get her mouth on! So much in common Baby and Marley! Except my dog never had mangos, never poops out stuff she ate, and my dog is a Boston Terrier mix! Yes, my dog always throws up on the rugs! It gets annoying! Thanks for the great book, John Grogan! Bye!

1:54 PM  
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