Marley and Me, by John Grogan, is a witty book that describes the life of two newlyweds living in South Florida. They're both living the sweet life, both working as journalists, but Jenny becomes upset after she kills another houseplant. She worries this means she is incapable of being a good mother so they get a puppy to give her the nurturing experience she desperately wants. They pick out an adoarable, innocent looking puppy, and eventaully name him Marley. They soon find out how not-so-innocent Marley really is and attempt to train him but nothing works. Marley terrorizes petsitters and neighbors, shreds new furniture, swallows a vaulable necklace, and goes insane whenever there is a thunderstorm. Despite him causing all this trouble Marley stays with the Groban's. He is there for Jenny when she suffers from her first miscarriage and eventually witnesses the births of their three children, a hurricane, and the ups and downs of their journalist jobs. He grows old with the Grogan's and they love him unconditionally until the end, despite all his mishaps.
1. The subtitle of Marley and Me is "Love and Life with the World's Worst Dog", do you think that Marley deserves the title of "The Worlds Worst Dog"?
2. What is unconditional love when it comes to a pet? Do you think you could have provided unconditional love for Marley? Why or why not?