The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life
I LOVE this book. Its also one of the few movies made from a book that I enjoyed just as much as the book. I think Marley & Me is a perfect Holiday movie. I might have to renew my Netflix subscription just so I can watch it this week! Below are some of the best quotes taken from the book … enjoy!
John Grogan, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog
“A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbol means nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not. As I wrote that farewell column to Marley, I realized it was all right there in front of us, if only we opened our eyes. Sometimes it took a dog with bad breath, worse manners, and pure intentions to help us see.”
“It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.”
“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
“Then I dropped my forehead against his and sat there for a long time, as if I could telegraph a message through our two skulls, from my brain to his. I wanted to make him understand some things.
You know all that stuff we’ve always said about you?” I whispered. “What a total pain you are? Don’t believe it. Don’t believe it for a minute, Marley.” He needed to know that, and something more, too. There was something I had never told him, that no one ever had. I wanted him to hear it before he went.
Marley,” I said. “You are a great dog.”
“I had never thought of Marley as any kind of model, but sitting there sipping my beer, I was aware that maybe he held the secret for a good life. Never slow down, never look back, live each day with adolescent verve and spunk and curiosity and playfulness.”
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … “
My family always had a live tree for the holidays. I can clearly remember going to the big white tent where the trees were standing, line after perfect line. Big trees, small trees, full trees, skinny trees. The smell was intoxicating. After going our separate ways we would point out a tree to Dad and Mom and ask, “how ‘bout this one?”
It had to be the perfect size, no holes in the branches, the needles had to be not too soft and not too pointy, and you had to give the tree a good shake to make sure it wasn’t loosing its needles prematurely. After a very thorough inspection by the family and a final seal of approval from Mom, the tree would be ours.
Fast forward to current time, we now have a small artificial tree that sits in the corner of our Dinning/Family room, with a soft glow and just a few hand picked ornaments. I do miss having a “real” tree this time of year. However, the artificial version is a good choice because we don’t have to worry about the dogs drinking the tree water and/or eating the needles.
A week or so ago Jeff got the decorations down from the attic. After choosing the items I wanted to use (I do things a little differently each year) I got to work adding a little holiday cheer to our home.
Of course, the dogs are taken into account when it comes time to decorating. We do have touches of doggie décor throughout out home, and the holidays are just an excuse to add some more.
This year I purchased some new stockings (super cheep at the dollar store) because I was getting board with our old ones.
I wanted to keep our mantel in the green/gold color scheme. This is the initial mantel after I first put our items together …
It was ok but needed a bit more personality. I grabbed some felt and a pair of sharp scissors and got to work. With Penny as my helper, I printed out an image of each dog, placed it over the felt and cut out the silhouette.
I used some gold glitter paint to write their names …
and some fabric glue to attach the cutouts to the stockings …
While doing my quick holiday arts and crafts, I some some helpers …
Here are some other Doggie Décor items we have in our home this year. ..
The house feels so much more cozy when the decorations are out. I can almost understand why some families decorate so early in the year (you know who you are!). It’s kind of sad when it comes time to pack up and put everything away.
We hope you are having a joyous holiday season!
Yesterday was Cyber Monday, and there were some fantastic deals to be had. We did partake in the super-sales, Jeff bought a yard trimmer (ours broke down a few months ago) and we bought a laptop for me! (Yeah, now I can blog at Starbucks!)
Now, thanks to Amazon, the animals in our lives can also get some fabulous gifts at great prices. Today is Pet’s Tuesday on the popular website. Amazon has also released their Pets Holiday Gift Guide!
With the pups by my side, we did some searching for great doggie gifts. Here is what our pups are hoping for this year . . .
Penny’s Wish List
Toni’s Wish List
Otis’ Wish List
They sure have been good this year, so maybe one or two of these may end up in their stocking. (yes, our pups have their own stockings!)
What’s on your wish list?
We are thankful for so much this year, as always our health, family (human and canine) and friends are at the top of the list. However, there are a few more things to be thankful for as well . . .
Toni: “I am thankful for bike runs, walks, car rides, scratches behind my ears, the big bed I get to sleep on, treats, my sister and brother (kind of), and my parents.”
Otis: “I am thankful for couches, lizards, squirrels, peanut butter, treats, car rides, my sisters and my parents.”
Penny: “I am thankful for tennis and racquet balls, long walks, belly rubs, treats, my sister and brother, and my parents.”
Happy Thanksgiving Day Eve! We are excited to celebrate 2 Thanksgivings this year, one at Jeff’s Mother’s house on Thursday and then off to my Sister’s house on Friday!
Last year we hosted Thanksgiving at our home and had a fabulous time! Toni, however, did not have a fabulous Turkey Day 😦
Toni and the other 2 dogs were enjoying a special treat that evening. Someone (no names will be mentioned to protect the innocent and the guilty) 😉 put some of the leftover gravy on top of their normal dog food that evening and they of course gobbled (pun intended) it right up!
Later that night and into the next morning Toni was not herself she was very sluggish and began vomiting and not able to keep anything down, not even water. The next morning we called the vet and brought her in where she was given a blood test. Diagnosis = pancreatitis 😦
(Here she is at the vet’s office, she looked so pathetic)
The vet said we could take her home and give her the meds ourselves, but that she was not to be around any food or water at all.
The other option was to keep her at the vet in their Animal Hospital so they could give her an IV and keep her calm and quiet while she recovered. After talking to Jeff we decided to keep her there. With the other 2 dogs we thought it may be more difficult to keep her away from food/water and she would probably recover faster at the vets.
That Friday I left her at the animal hospital and we didn’t get to pick her up until Monday. It was a very long weekend for us. We missed her so much and were very worried. When Jeff picked her up she was doing very well but was quite tired.
(Here she is at that Monday afternoon at home sleeping on her couch)
She made a full recovery and has not had any problems. We of course know that giving “people food” to our dogs is not the right thing to do. Unfortunately, we had to learn the hard way just how bad it can be.
Here are some resources on food hazards and pancreatitis in dogs …
From WebMD/pets: Information on Symptoms and Treatment of Pancreatitis in Dogs
From Best Friends Animal Society: Holiday Hazards for pets (all year round)
From Pedigree: Thanksgiving Hazards and Your Dog
Due to work events/hours and just not wanting to deal with the dogs freaking out each time the doorbell rings, we do not partake in too many Halloween activities. However, that doesn’t mean we are totally amused by the creative costumes that we see, especially of course canine-costumes. Here are some of our favorites: