John Grogan - The Longest Trip Home


Bringing Marley Home

Monday, January 04, 2010

Here is the link to the piece I wrote in Sunday's PARADE magazine. It's titled "Bringing Marley Home," and yes, we really did.

And so the new decade begins...

posted by John Grogan at 8:32 PM


Blogger Mouthy Labrador said...

You made me cry all over again. I'm glad he's home with you guys; I think that's where he belongs. We have the ashes of all 3 of our dogs on our mantel, because neither of us could stand the idea of leaving any of them behind when we moved. So I totally understand how you and Jenny felt.And I think Marley would, too.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Daniela Caride said...

Here I am weeping again. Lovely story, John. I'm glad Marley is back home with you guys.

I've watched my dad bury many of our dogs. We lived in an apartment in Rio, so we buried them in the mountains neighboring the buildings. They have a great view there.

8:21 AM  
Blogger monticat said...

Beautiful piece John,love it! I'm also a great animal lover, having dogs and cats all my life (mostly cats now).I live in NYC and it's hard to have a dog, since I work all day.

The joy and happiness, these pets bring me cannot be explained. I had unfortunately had to put down some of my beloved pets in the past, when they had gotten very sick and nothing else cold be done.Believe me, money is no object when it comes to their heath and happiness.

Anyway, this sound like a new book in the makings, perhaps titled "Untold stories of the Marley". Just a thought......

9:13 AM  
Blogger monticat said...

Hey John,
I was wondering if you had any other pictures of Marley or maybe home videos of him.

Would love to see them, if you have them.


10:40 AM  
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4:21 PM  
Blogger Gabriel said...

John sou dou brasil , I read his book and not stopped crying one minute, only after a few minutes I stopped, his book is very exciting.
In the end you say you bought a golden retriever she will be more bloody replacement by Marley, Marley is or will be eternal and will be replaced nuna?

John, I loved your book and parabens .... marley too is not it?

4:22 PM  
Blogger Sissy said...

Hey John,

I have just read the book Marley and me, and I thought I should write some sentences to you. Your story is very touching, and made me cry...

Some years ago was our dog, Nero poisoned, and it tried me very much. He was my best friend, we made a lot of trips together and he made us smile every time. The worst thing was, that the day before his death I decided to go for a walk with him every day (previously I wasn't allowed to go with him alone, because I was very young), but unfortunately that day was the first and the last opportunity... :( I still love him very much!!

Otherwise, we have now a new dog, Max, he is just 1 year old, but he is really very bad! But you made me believe, that we can teach him things after all. :)

Best wishes,

Betty from Hungary

8:54 AM  
Blogger Karen Van Hoose said...

John I just read your story in Parade and I agree so much with what you and Jen did in bringing Marley to your present home. I am a couple of years older than you and have sadly lost both my parents in the last couple years. My "growing up" home is in N. J. but my husband and I and our 4 kids weretransferred to Il. in l987. When our first dog, Betty Van Woof, died in l989, I could not think of burying her ashes out here. This was not "home" and always thought we would move back to NJ. So driving back that summer, we decided to bury her in Mom and Dad's back yard, with the other assorted pets. Now the old homestead is up for sale and I have told my family that I want to go and dig up Betty's can(her ashes are in a can!) and keep her with me. I don't think my sibs are too thrilled with this idea because one of them would have to do it as I won't be able to come out for a while. I feel some bribery may be involved in this endeavor. We have had lots of animals since our sweet Betty including 3 iguanas and now have 2 basset hounds, 1 weiner dog and 2 cats. Also my granddog now because our daughter had to move in because of being bedridden with lupus. I have all our deceased pets ashes and told my hubby they're going with me when I die, where ever he or the kids puts me. One more tidbit, if I don't get Betty back, MY name is on top of the can and if anyone digs up that backyard in the future it may look mighty suspicious! Anyway, I wanted to tell you how much both your books meant to me. Karen Van Hoose

2:52 PM  
Blogger Tracy Wu said...

It's great to have Marley home. It reminds me of my own story. I had a Yorkshire before. When he died, I cried for days. I couldn't bury him because I lived in an apartment. I don't have a yard and there are no lands around which allows me to do so. So he was cremated and put in an urn some place. That place is a house to have the pet's urns gathered together. I visited him regularly for two years. Then I decided to let him back to the nature. His ashes was buried in the mountain then. I miss him and so grateful that he gave me so many joys and sweet memories. My cute Bobie.

9:59 PM  
Blogger alexandre guardiola said...

hey, your book is very cool, congrtulations...

8:02 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Mr. Grogan, I had thought that the tears lost with the book and then again with the movie had stopped with Marley. I was wrong . what a beautiful piece and I am quite happy that Marley is still with your family. Years ago, my mother was one of those crazy people who met you in Barnes and Noble in north wales, Pa in the snow as a Christmas present for me. I had read your book cover to cover three times and I have just begun The Longest trip home, which so far I also love. thank you for being who you are and please never change.

10:50 AM  
Blogger SuperBK said...

Hi John, I liked your books, but this sounds a little over the top.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Thank you both for doing such a kind thing.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I loved your article in Parade Magazine, my husband and I are huge fans and own both of your books Marley and Me and The Longest Trip Home, plus I bought the movie for two granddaughters. We have a 7 year old German Shepard and he has already started having hip problems and I dread when we lose him. Also I was wondering if you ever thought of writing a book about Jenny, I would love to read about her life story.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Veens said...

Wow that was a great thing to do!
I just read Marley and Me.. and I just wanted to THANK YOU!
I was feeling a bit down... but Marley lifted my spirits up and I am so glad I read your book!

Thank you and here is the link to my review (nothing much, but still !!) -

11:39 PM  
Blogger thesmathilde said...

hello john grogan,

my name is mathilde i'm french and i don't speak english very well sorry!!! i've read marley and me and i've watch the film and it was very very beautiful!! and i've cry a lot. i've a labrador female:tess she have 8 yers old in april 2010 and i adore her and i don't think at the end with her she is my baby!!! marley is a friend for my dog (lol). your story is very very beautiful thank's for it and for your dog's love like me. bravo. bye

5:10 AM  
Blogger thesmathilde said...

mister grogan,

you send me a mail if you want my adress mail is thank's and bravo bravo bravo

5:11 AM  
Blogger agmfan3 said...

Your book made me laugh out loud and cry, I too have a wonderful yellow lab, Jake. Just wanted you to know your book touched me.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Beth Caldwell said...

I too had a canine caper who was more than just a dog. Griffon was a great dog who met up with a very sudden and sad ending in 2006.

I had him cremated and kept his ashes in my livingroom for the rest of the summer, until my husband and I purchased my grandparents farm and moved there in August of that year.

Griffon now has a regal resting place on the south side of the old barn, on a little hill overlooking the creek.

By the way, as Will Rogers once said (and I concur), “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.”

By default or not, Mr. Grogan -- I am very glad the Universe put you on a writer's path. You're fabulous at it!

3:39 PM  
Blogger Camila said...

John, after reading your book 2 times, Marley and me, I decided to come here and sportive what I felt when I finished reading. It was 3:30 in the morning and I was finishing reading the book first, I cried so much, much more, my mother came to see what had happened, a story is quite exciting, the second time I thought I would not cry so much may have already read once, but did not cry much.
I really believe your Marley, embodied in my dog, a small 4 years, he foje to all breed standards, but not destroy it because it is small so there's no such force is incorrigible, plus much loved by me, I love him very much and when I read the story I identified a lot with what you and your wife have with Marley.
Agredeceria I'm glad you provided a book so good for those who love dogs.

A big fan your fan, Camila

3:47 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

hi my name is paula, my husband and i have recently lost our beloved 10 year yellow lab for lymphoma cancer. here is some of the past with our child. he first had skin cancer removed, we had surgery done to remove, that, and about six months after that, he had a CVA, he was parlized from mid hind quarter to both hind quarter, we put him throught rehab, and he was about to regain most of his strenth, he was left with some left sided foot drop issues, but we delt with that, he was spoon feed four times a day, and now since his death, i am lost and confused, some people say to me, get over it, i say tell me how to it feels to lose a child and then tell that parent get over it. Rueben, our beloved child is gone, but he will never leave my heart. My heart has this hole of some sorts, please tell me, how can i fix a hole in my heart, that belonged to him. Rueben made us a family, and now our family has a huge piece missing, his ashes are on a self below his oid panting, i have read that people say to think of the good time, i do, but i still cry, i cry all the time, please help me with my loss. i feel lost without him, i have no routine anymore, what do i do? i know i want another lab, but is it to soon, and i know that another one will not be my Rueben, but i have so much love to give and i need to feel i am making a difference, God gave us animals to show us humans what it feels like to have unconditional love and devotion, please help, thanks paula

6:43 AM  
Blogger the gypsy chick said...

Hello Mr. Grogan, I thought that I would share with you a little letter that I had to write to the school in regards to our dog.
Our 8 year old checked out your book from that school library, and left it out.
You can read about it here

Thank you,

6:51 AM  
Blogger Jaylee said...

Dear John,

I have never really had a dog of my own. I have had to put my aunt's dog down and I know what it feels like because she lived with me and my family. Her name was Jazzy and she had the energy level that Marley had. She could have been a duplicate of Marley.

I imagine what you and Jenny feel like. It is hard and I think Marley would feel that you did the right thing.


5:36 PM  
Blogger copycat32 said...

I am so happy that you and Jenny brought him home. That is so sweet. I would do the same. My ex husband and I split custody of our 9yo lab, shar pi, pit bull mix Merlin. We decided when he goes we will bury him on the ridge overlooking his favorite swimming hole. it's in the Mt Hood national forest and probably his favorite spot on earth.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Babi said...

I finished riding your book last night and I cried a lot like someone from my family died! They way that you described Marley's trouble and his love, made me love him! I'm still said! Thank you for writing this beautiful book and sharing with us your history!

Sorry for my english! I'm brazilian and my english is not so good!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Gi said...

Wow... I'm speachless! What a beautiful piece!
It's unbelievable how sensitive you guys are!
Well, it has been a while since the last time I visited your blog... I've just finish reading all the latest posts that I haven't read before...
I was missing your stories! Great to hear about your mom! After reading your books it's hard to not fall in love with your whole family!
Well, John, hope you have an amazing year!
And I'm looking forward for a new book!
God bless.
Giovana - 20
São Paulo - Brasil

6:36 AM  
Blogger Haila said...

I am writing you all the way from Saudi Arabia. I just wanted you to know that Marley has chewed his way to the Middle East (smile) Thank you for sharing your story with us all.

6:31 AM  
Blogger dreammaker said...

I have to say Mr. Grogan, your life with marley really touched me, it affected me profundly. I have three dogs, cocker spaniels, and though I loved them I use to take them for granted, needless to say that after I learned about marley and your family (and yes after crying my eyes out), I reevaluated many things about the relationship I had with my dogs. Now, I never miss an opportunity to hug them and tell them that I love them, or to play with them. By the way one of my dogs, Tommy, is a bit of a terror, always jumping and looking for socks or CAMERAS to chew on or play with, but, he is also one my three best friends (the other two, are of course, rocco and sharon), and I love him, and though he is 3 and a half years old he still acts like a puppy. Thank you again Mr. Grogan for sharing your story with the world, best wishes for you and your family all the way from Venezuela!!

3:41 AM  
Blogger mrstemplo said...

I just finished reading your book and i very much wished Marley was alive and giving joy to all around him. He isn't even my dog but I feel that he was and I am grieving his loss. I watched the film he was in and it felt for a moment that he was very much alive... I wish he was still here.
Thank you for writing such a great book.

Minh T.
Sydney, Australia

6:34 PM  
Blogger xolindsey87 said...

Just reading that short piece put tears in my eyes. As a dog lover myself, I know the devotion and bond you had with Marley. I wouldn't want to leave my best friend either. He will always be apart of the family, and moving locations shouldn't change that. I can imagine most people would think digging up your dead dog would be gross, but as a dog owner myself, I can say I would do the same thing. I love your writing, John. :)

1:57 PM  

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