John Grogan - The Longest Trip Home


Happy Holidays to one and all

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Here it is the Sunday before Christmas and I was feeling very smug that, unlike all those last-minute procrastinators, I had all my gift shopping out of the way. A week ago, I took an entire day, list in hand, and did not come home until I was finished. When I was done, I felt like I had just completed a marathon, but at least it was behind me. Ah, I thought, now I can sit back and enjoy the holiday in peace.

Wrong. I forgot about the kids. They came to me a little bit ago and said, "So Dad, you're taking us to the mall today so we can do our shopping, right?" The mall? The one with the horrible traffic even in the middle of August? Two shopping days before Christmas? "Ummm, sure kids. I can't think of anything I'd rather do." Hey, I figure it's the only way I'm going to get a gift out of them. So we're off in a few minutes to battle the crowds. I promise I will do my best to not get grumpy.

But first I wanted to wish you all a great and happy holiday and a prosperous new year. Thanks for all your notes, friendship and support from all over the world this past year. It means a lot to me. See you back here after the holiday.

Jingle Woof!


posted by John Grogan at 6:38 AM


Blogger Horikita said...

omg i still not believing that i am sending a comment to John Grogan the men who made Marley & me
My name is Marjorie Sayuri i live in Brazil!i am 14 years old
i am just here to say that i loved your work! and marley&me show me that my puppies are not so bad as what i was thinking before i read the book!
Joking! but the book show me that in the world have good people
because have some people that if they had a dog like marley they could stop to taking care of him even if they love the dog!
but you always taked care of marley
and now i know that dog love exist!

i read the book when i was 13 and after i readed the book i realy wanted to send a e-mail to John Grogan and now i am doing this!
thak you soooooo much for the book!
i realy loved it!

i am sorry for my BAD english!

Bye bye!!


12:01 PM  
Blogger Not so little Woman said...

I hate shopping in the mall too!!

I hope it wasn't too terrible!

Happy Holidays!!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Speaking of christmas shopping, my sister just bought me your book, Marley and Me, for christmas this year. I just read it all in one sitting. I have to say I didnt expect to get emotional over it, but it hit very close to home, and I cried for the last 30 pages. We had to put down our 9-yr-old shepard mix, Jack, this past april because of hip dysplaysia. I can definately relate to your experience, as it was me holding his head when the vet gave him his last shot. We didnt think we would ever be able to get another dog, but fortunately, a few months later we brought home-you guessed it- a yellow lab pup named Tucker. I had to laugh while reading, because you pretty much described our hyperactive, disobedient, loyal and loving alpha male perfectly. I just want to thank you for writing this book-it allowed me to remember Jack while also comforting me in knowing that I am not alone, in both my grief and in my experinces with this new member of our family!
Wishing you happy holidays

7:10 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Hello John,
My name is Rebecca Caulfield, and I have been a lifetime dog lover. I was about to write a "story" on the website to you... but alas, I do not have the time to do it all justice. I just thought I would write and inform you of how much reading Marley and Me really helped me this Christmas. My 15 year old family dog is slowly experiencing all of the signs and "joys" of elder dog hood, frankly i am so glad she made it to the holidays. But any way, your final chapters of the book are so relevant, helpful and heart warming. Thank you so much for sharing Marley with the world and for putting out there what all of us dog-lovers in the world feel in our hearts. I am only 18, but I have experienced my own feelings of destructive dog behaiviors, the pains of losing a best furry friend (my own three year old Golden, with cancer) the joys of many puppyhoods, goofy "mentally disturbed dog friends, fierce loyalties and the loss of watching your beloved friend, companion and "golden shadow" slip away from your grasp. Anyhow, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and your dog, it was such a wonderful gift for me to complete your book during this time of year. I look forward to more of your work, and possibly hearing back.
Merry Christmas, best wishes to you and your family.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Sammy's Mama said...

I am so sorry to see that your message board is unavailable. I don't often leave messages there, but it's nice to have a place on the web where people who love dogs (especially the ones who try the patience of their owners) can find one another.

Have a wonderful new year!

3:10 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I finally had time to read (actually listen to on CD) your book. I really enjoyed it. I am not a dog person, but you drew me in anyway. Beyond the story of Marley, I enjoyed reading about your life and your family. I sensed from you a strong commitment to both career and family, and the ability to cherish the later above the former. Thank you,


12:59 AM  
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7:25 AM  
Blogger well_shes_heartless said...

Mr. Grogan, My name is Aimee Vondrak, I am in love with dogs and I am in love with your book Marley and Me. I have been asking for it as a gift for about a year and finally got it for Christmas from my mom. Since I started reading I have hardly been able to put it down. I am over halfway through in the two days I've been reading. I've laughed. I've cried. I've wanted to smack Marley on the rump with a rolled up newspaper, because I know exactly how it feels to watch your dog slowly destroy lots of important things around your home haha... why, even Christmas day my dog Nick, a chow chow/Queensland/one-quarter Rottweiler mix (he's a lot of fun haha) got overly excited, knocked over our side table and shattered a glass bowl on our carpet. My mom wasn't too thrilled but we keep forgetting that sometimes dogs just don't get what they did wrong. And if they do act remorseful, it's for the way you look at and talk to them after they misbehave. I can't wait to finish the book, and I hope at some point you revisit the Phoenix, AZ metro area so I might get a chance to meet you. You're a great writer, and you have inspired me to raise puppies and get a block-headed Labrador of my own in the summer :]

Blessings to you! Thanks for a great book, and hope you have a great holiday season!


8:12 PM  
Blogger Miss. Confessoress said...

Merry Christmas John and family!

I finished reading Marley and Me on Christmas Eve. It took me 3 days to read, I couldn't put it down.

I bawled my eyes out by the end.

God bless Marley in doggy heaven, probably eating gold necklaces and couches!

All the best.

4:02 AM  
Blogger stephanieinphx said...

I finally had a chance to read Marley and Me during this holiday season. I so enjoyed your ability to capture the personality and spirit of Marley so completely (reminiscent of James Herriott,one of my favorite authors). Marley was obviously a completely spastic but totally loyal and loving pooch and it was wonderful to read about his adventures.

What really struck me, though, was the unconditional love that your wife and you had for him. There are many, many people out there who would have given up and put their material possessions (and maybe their sanity at times) above such a wonderful creature. Instead, you loved him not despite his "badness" but because you understood that was just the way he was wired, and you accepted him wholly just as he was. Marley was so very lucky to have such unconditional love. I think it is very difficult for many humans to not only grasp but be capable of such love, and your love for Marley no matter what he did shows that your wife and you are two very rare, special people.

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story, and I wish you a very prosperous, safe and happy 2008!

Stephanie, Jemma the dog, and Hobbes and MJ the cats

10:36 AM  
Blogger sofia said...

I just finish to read "marley and ME" ...i received it at Cristhmas!
I am a portuguese girl named Sofia Assunção, 21 eyears old.
This comment is just to thank you the great story that you wrotte..
continue the good work...
Happy holidays to you to.

2:07 PM  
Blogger TrekQueen said...

A belated Merry Christmas to you and your family, John! And Happy New Year as well! I can identify with the hatred of malls in the holidays. Then again, I dislike shopping at any time of the year!

On another note, for Christmas I sent a copy of your children's book on Marley and the red cover edition of Marley & Me to a friend and her family in the Netherlands since they were having a difficult time finding an English version at their bookstores (they were pretty certain it had not been translated yet into Dutch). They had heard me raving about how wonderful the book was, not to mention the similar hijinks of our 2yr old yellow lab, so they wanted to read your book and now they can!

Thank you again for sharing your story with all of us!


10:05 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi! My name is Stephanie Rodrigues and I hail all the way from sunny little Singapore. Thank you so much for inspiring me through Marley & Me. I just finished reading it yesterday and it was one of the best books I've ever read. I even cried during last part. I've never cried as much as I did just reading a book.

Marley sort of became a friend of mine. In fact, you poured so much of your feelings into producing this book that I really felt like I was part of the whole adventure. It wasn't just about you and Marley but your whole family as well. And that, I think, is what added to the story-telling. Though I doubt you would've been able to excuse your family in any way, as they are as much a part of your life as Marley was. I enjoyed every minute of it. My fiance and I have an alaskan malamute but nonetheless, dogs will be dogs, and there are certain things that he does the same as Marley which made me laugh. And makes me wonder about the future.

I have never really read any Non-Fiction books, I usually read Fantasy books, but I had to read this one. That's not to say that when I first saw the book I immediately knew I had to read it. I saw it in bookshops before, mainly coz I thought "the dog on the cover" looked so cute. And it was only just recently that I decided to actually pick it up and read the synopsis at the back. It was then I knew I had to read it. Within a month, I was done. For me, that's really good. (I can't speed read and I usually take my time reading books). To savour each moment. =) Now, I can't stop talking about Marley and his tricks. It was truly inspiring and moving. Brilliant workmanship.

A happy new year to you and your family! That includes Gracie. (gosh, this comment seems long!)
I wish you all the best in all your endeavours!

11:09 AM  
Blogger penny said...

I am writing to you from my home in England.I am a 37 year old female who absolutely adores animals, especially dogs! I am forever rescuing stray dogs, who just seem to find me!
My mum bought me your book for Christmas and initially I felt that I would not be able to read it, as I am still suffering from the loss of my lovely black lab Oppo.She was my best friend, she was a fantastic loyal member of my family. She was loved by many and even played with the kids in our street, who would often come to knock for her.She knew she was loved, but unfortunately she had lots of bad luck.When on a walk with my husband she was run over and nearly died in 2005.She suffered multiple fractures to her leg, but due to the care of a wonderful surgeon in Rainford Lancashire she pulled through.Please can I say that she always wore a lead on roads, but my husband was not paying attention to her and somehow she wondered onto a road.She had pins and plates in her leg,but these caused her immense pain and she had to have another major operation to have them removed.Also she suffered from arthritis, due to swimming in an freezing lake as a puppy.She belonged to my sister and her ex boyfriend at that time.However they split up when she was 3yrs old and my sister neglected her,as she worked long shifts and so was hardly ever home.I told my sister that I would take her for a two week trial. I knew I would love her,but I was worried about how my other two dogs would get on with her.The other two Penny (a cross) and Max (lancashire heeler)were living with my mum, as my husband did not like them.They both doted on me and grew up sleeping at the end of my bed etc.They were fantastic little dogs who unfortunately did not take to Oppo,who I did keep.I always felt as though I had let them down.However I was there for them at the end of their lives as they both died in my arms.Penny died a year before little Max and he never recovered from his loss.He never barked again and never wanted to go for a walk.He was old and grew frailer.Unfortunately on the odd occasion that we got him to go out he was mauled by another dog and died a few months later. Oppo helped me to get on with my life without them, but also I knew that they had had a good long life and I was able to accept the end,eventually anyway.

I hope you have a spare few more minutes to read this. The following events took place in July 06. Although it feels like yesterday.

My husband and I had split up as we would often argue about Oppo.He did not like having a big dog in our small house and she got on his nerves.He made her very nervous and a look from him could make her cry.She was a very sensitive dog.
One weekend in July my husband had come to spend sometime with our daughter.We all took Oppo to a local beach wher she had the remains of my ice cream and may have eaten something in the sea. The following day all was well and we went to my sisters for a BBQ. It turned out that the meat being cooked was not cooked properly and I am unsure of who fed her any meat.The following night she became ill, having violent diarrhoea and sickness.The vet did not feel she needed to see her as she thought she had an upset stomach.She started to get iller and by the time I made it to the vets she was unconscious.The vet could not save her and she died at 8am.She was only 7 years old and was fit and healthy until then.I blame myself for her death and cry every day.I have now got two lovely Shih tzu boys who I love,but nobody can take her place.It is really hard to accept how she died.

I am sorry to go on but I just wanted to tell you Oppo's story.I will get on with reading your book now!

Take care


11:44 AM  
Blogger Krystina said...

Even if you never read this comment, I will fell better writing it.
I just finished reading 'Marley and Me' and I wanted to express my utter gratitude for putting into words what every dog owner feels.
I have a male yellow lab-who resembles the pictures of Marley quite closely-that is now 9 months old. There are so many 'Labrador qualities' that you write of that are exactly what my Magnus does on a daily basis. It was so nice to laugh and cry along with Marley's story, and, if it was even possible, it gave me an even deeper appreciation for my cardboard shredding, constantly jumping, galloping Labrador puppy.
I wish you and your family all the best in life, and I thank you again for writing a story that needed to be told.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

It's 11 pm on New Year's Day and I just finished reading your book in a snot-sobbing fit. It was like seeing my own thoughts and stories on paper. It was eerie. And sad. And comforting. But I need to know: how did you make transition to get another Lab after you lost Marley? How long did it take? It's been almost a year since I lost my black lab Bear, yet I still can't move on and get another family pet, whether due to guilt of cheating on Bear or fear of being unfairly disappointed in the next pet. Do you have any advice regarding how you and your family dealt with the transition? Any thoughts, suggestions, or stories you'd care to share would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Have a great New Year,

8:34 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

In reference to my post above, I just wanted to add that I have never before in my life read a book, seen a movie, or heard a story that has made me waffle between boisterous out-loud laughter and snot-dripping sobbing so many times. It's only been a half hour since I finished your book, but I can already gauge the lasting therapeutic affect it'll have on me. My sincerest thank you for telling such an eloquent - and eerily familiar - story.


8:40 PM  
Blogger Luciana said...

Hi Mr. Grogan.
My name is Luciana, I live in Brazil and finished - a few minutes ago (in my work of course lol) - to read your book Marley & Me.
Well... I would like to say to u that I love this book... and that I'm very angry with u 'cause I don't like to cry so many times reading a story!!! ;o))
Thanks a lot for all your words, thanks a lot for send us your feelings with your dog Marley. It's very good to know that there are men that can do it! UAU ;o))
I have 3 "Labrador" in my sisters house. One of it is very very white with a brown nose and green eyes, called Baby. Can u imagine a big monster called Baby?! hehehe
So... Happy New Year for u and your family!!!
Once more... thanks a lot for the book!
Luciana de Freitas.
PS: I found a comunity of your book in Orkut. It belongs to u?

6:33 AM  
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7:06 AM  
Blogger penny said...

Hi, I just re-read my very long comment. Can I just add that I am a vegetarian and did not give Oppo any meat at the BBQ and did not see anybody else do so, but she was a human hoover. I did give her some of my ice cream, and I did not see her eat anything on the beach, but my husband said he did. I just thought my comment sounded like I was a really bad pet owner!
I dont suppose we will ever know how she died.
Thanks for listening x

7:22 AM  
Blogger dan said...

hi my name is Dan and i have just started to read Marley and me. I'm only on the second chapter but i am enjoying your work so far. last year a got a puppy for Christmas and he is fairly well behaved but he dose run out the door at any opportunity.

1:04 PM  
Blogger Lycan C said...

Those of us who love dogs are overwhelmed by Marley and Me. John knows what it takes to love a dog.

I read the book Winter of '06 and have ever since described it as 'bittersweet' (as John himself has described it in his Q & A section). I laughed, I cried and thoroughly accompanied the Grogan family through Marley's life.

I have had many wonderful dogs in my life and had to say "so long for now" to many of them as well. Although they have all been God-given, my tri-colored collie, Diamond was my canine soul mate. I named him before his mother, Dust, gave birth and sure enough...he was born with a perfect white diamond on his back. The only tri-color of seven. Definitely delivered to order. After moving him from Minnesota to Mesa, AZ he contracted a disease known as Valley Fever. Although expensive to treat, Diamond still lived to 14 years and left when I was pregnant with my son, Luke. I felt now as I did then; he gave so Luke could easier come into the world.

In Marley and Me, John has done what so many of us long to do. Pay loving honor to a dog that shared so much of us and our lives. I can only hope that I should be able to do the same in some way for mine.

Thank you, John, for the inspiration and sharing the real meaning of unconditional love. Additional thanks for teaching me the importance of letting my dogs know that they are all "great" dogs. They all are.

Another human who believes in the power of animal love,

Carla Johnson
Flagstaff, AZ

12:19 PM  
Blogger Carla J said...

Those of us who love dogs are overwhelmed by Marley and Me. John knows what it takes to love a dog.

I read the book Winter of '06 and have ever since described it as 'bittersweet' (as John himself has described it in his Q & A section). I laughed, I cried and thoroughly accompanied the Grogan family through Marley's life.

I have had many wonderful dogs in my life and had to say "so long for now" to many of them as well. Although they have all been God-given, my tri-colored collie, Diamond was my canine soul mate. I named him before his mother, Dust, gave birth and sure enough...he was born with a perfect white diamond on his back. The only tri-color of seven. Definitely delivered to order. After moving him from Minnesota to Mesa, AZ he contracted a disease known as Valley Fever. Although expensive to treat, Diamond still lived to 14 years and left when I was pregnant with my son, Luke. I felt now as I did then; he gave so Luke could easier come into the world.

In Marley and Me, John has done what so many of us long to do. Pay loving honor to a dog that shared so much of us and our lives. I can only hope that I should be able to do the same in some way for mine.

Thank you, John, for the inspiration and sharing the real meaning of unconditional love. Additional thanks for teaching me the importance of letting my dogs know that they are all "great" dogs. They all are.

Another human who believes in the power of animal love,

Carla Johnson
Flagstaff, AZ

12:24 PM  
Blogger Lea Castillo said...

Your book was great, I laughed out loud and cried out loud (with lots of people staring at me on the bus where I read most of the book traveling to and from work). Your story is quite inspiring, you write so very well, I dreaded the end of the book because #1 I wanted to read on forever and #2 it was pretty obvious how it was going to end. But you handled the end of Marley's life with eloquent grace, and you inspired me to contribute a story about my dog, Snuggles, to your Stories page, I hope you enjoy it even .01% as much as I enjoyed your book! I am looking forward to further books authored by you, you are now on my list of favorite authors (a short list), I have been an avid reader for my entire life, and now I will constantly be scanning the shelves waiting for your next book. Congratulations and my compliments on giving your dog such a wonderful life.

6:55 PM  
Blogger liz & itay zmora said...

Hello John!
I was reading your Hebrew version of Marley and Me and I found myself reading it out loud to my wife - we spent almost 10 hours laughing like we never laughed before. And then we both cried like we only cried when we had to say goodbye from our beloved shepherd Sufy, which died from cancer. I never cried before that so much (I am a rough navy commander...) and the second time it happened to me was during reading the last pages of your book.
We found Sufy during a stormy night (the name Sufy is a short word to the word Sufa which means "storm" in Hebrew).She was about 8 years old, thin like a skeleton and lost. After the a veterinarian checked her breasts he became pale and told us she probably has cancer, and that it might was the reason for being tossed to the street. We gave her the best medical care and above all - our love. And she, without talking, gave us her heart. She was loyal like no other dog was and she loved us so much. We thought that she beat the cancer and we will live happily ever after. But the cancer was all over - six months after finding her, she died.
Thank you so much for your book, we will never forget it (and of course we will never forget Marley, you and your family:))
Itay and Liz.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

Hi, I just finished Marley and Me last night Jan 5,08 I cried when I got to the chapter when Marley had to be put down. I wear glasses so I would have to take them off to wipe my eyes and when I would think I was ready to start reading again I would put my glasses back on only to start crying again.I would have to repeat the whole process again over and over. It took me forever to read just a paragraph. I started reading the chapter in bed next to my husband and woke him up once with my crying so I had to move to my recliner in the family room to finish reading the rest of the book. My daughters boyfriend,his family has 3 labs,a cat and a small dog that all live in the house. I can only imagine what that house looks like. I hear all the stuff on a daily basis what those dogs do especially the lab named Tucker. There is one sad part when one of the labs killed their little Silky named Sadie. I am writing this from my bed is Southern California with my Yorkie/chihuahua buttercup AKA butt butt next to me and my 15 year old Cocker mix named Odie on his bed on the floor. I know soon that that dreaded day is coming with Odie. Your family sounds very solid and loving. I wish you and your family the best. Jody

10:50 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

Did lucky become part of your family?

11:34 PM  
Blogger Bruna said...

PS: I don´t know English, but I will try ok?!

Hi John, my name´s Bruna, I´m from Brazil, come to here, please!
The people here, LOVED your book! It´s amazing.
I apaixonei by Marley in a manner indescribable, as if it were my own.
John, come to Brazil please know you love.
Marley is in my heart. I love you


4:58 PM  
Blogger Gabi said...

Hey John!!

Sorry but I don't speak inglish....
I living in Brasil... so, I speak in portuguese...

Seu livro foi fantástico, minha cachorra é muito parecida com Marley, embora 4 vezes menor que ele!

Me diverti e me emocionei muito com seu livro,como muitos de seus leitores fico imaginando quando a minha já senhora cachorra partirá, o jeio é aproveitar cada dia com nosso melhores cães e amigos!

Parabéns, e um feliz natal para você, Jenny, Collen, Patrick e Conor!!

Bye bye!

9:33 AM  
Blogger elliems_rules said...

I just want to say that you have done a great job with "marley and me"
I have read the book twice, and yet I still find myself laughing out loud at it =D
I wish I could have a dog, but my parents are always away at work to look after one, but your book made me feel like I owned Marley and was with him through the good and bad times. I LOVED IT!!
P.S Just flicking through the book again and I think that it's Colleens birthday today. I'm not sure if it's the correct day though as I live in England :S If it is, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

9:47 AM  
Blogger Bruna said...

John, definitivamente, eu AMO o Marley.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Isabella said...


Well I'm 12, and i first read your book quite recently actually, stolen from my Dad and never given back!

I'm reading it now and slowly falling in love with Marley.. again!

I love your book, it is my favourite book, and I love it even though it pains me to see Marley as a boisterous puppy slowly fading away. :'(.

I actually cried when I read it first time, I had grown to like Marley so much and then he got slowly older and slower.

But he will forever be in my heart. RIP Marley x333

10:33 AM  
Blogger Eliane said...

Olá, Jonh. Não sei como seu suporte fará para que esta mensagem em português chegue até você. Sou Eliane e escrevo do Brasil. Não sei como definir o que senti ao ler Marley e Eu. Sou professora de História e resolvi ler seu livro nas férias. Você conseguiu arrancar gargalhadas como há muito não dava ao ler um livro e lágrimas na mesma proporção. Reconheço que você escreve bem demais e grande parte das travessuras de Marley ficaram muito melhores porque foram contadas por você. Vou passar o ano comentando este livro com meus alunos e as várias lições de vida que dele conseguimos tirar. Estou ansiosa para ver o filme, embora deva demorar um pouco para chegar ao Brasil. Você está de parabéns, bem como toda sua família por conseguirem amar com tanto desprendimento esta "criaturinha" que todos nós aprendemos a amar também. Se depender de mim, serei sua divulgadora nº 1! Parabéns mais uma vez.

7:58 AM  
Blogger bugrino_1978 said...

Brazil Love Marleyyyyy!!!
Very good history!

9:37 AM  
Blogger Sonia said...

OMG! I just finished reading Marley: A dog like no other 2 mins ago and am still crying. Mr.Grogan, your book was amazing and I truly loved it!!! Even though I didn't personally know Marley you made it feel like I did. When he was put down, I cried my head off :-( He was such a great playful dog right to the end. You know we say they're expensive, messy, loud and all that jazz, but the truth is we love them. Even after a dog breaks a $100000 vase, you still love them. I knew Jenny would come around when she said she wanted Marley out. I'm very sorry about Marley, but he is in a better place now where he can chase rabbits, eat whatever he wants, and still look down at you and your family in peace. I know its hard but he fought a hard battle, and kept going.... And you know why? Because he loved you. all of you including Colleen, Connor, Jenny, Patrick and of couse you. And right know he's probably looking down looking back at all the great times he had with you.

Sonia :-)

R.I.P Marley

1:49 PM  

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