Thursday, January 15, 2009


I still can't get over Marley, the Labrador clearance puppy John and Jenny had adopted in the flick Marley and Me.

It's just a simple movie depicting the frustrations and rewards of human-canine relationship. A cute and cuddly flick, i wasn't surprised in the labyrinth of emotions that was being wrung out of us, at some points we were laughing for his appalling manners and mischief, only to find ourselves sobbing so hard at the denouement.

from the book Marley and Me:

Was it possible for a dog—any dog, but especially a nutty, wildly uncontrollable one like ours—to point humans to the things that really mattered in life? I believed it was.

Loyalty. Courage. Devotion. Simplicity. Joy. And the things that did not matter, too.

A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbols mean 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.


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