Tasha & Me

I’m just finished reading the book, Marley & Me – I feel like I’m the last one to the party, so many of my friends have already read it. It was so worth the wait, though. And now I think I’m in love with John Grogan. Heh.

In case you’re unaware, the is written by John, as himself, and weaves a terrific tale of the life of a dog named Marley. The author tells Marley’s story by tying it in with all of the family’s life events. The love this family has for the dog despite his many, many shortcomings and challenges, is touching and it’s something I can intimately relate to. You see, Rob and I had our own “problem dog” with very similar stories – but we loved her anyway. I found myself nodding my head in agreement with the descriptions of alll of Marley’s mishaps and commiserating with tons of empathy. Our dog wasn’t quite as destructive as Marley, fortunately – but we’ve still got stories to tell! Maybe one day I’ll write a book about them, too. :-)

The thing that hit me with this book the most, though, was the inevitable ending. You see, our dog – Tasha – is in the twilight of her life and the stories of Marley’s end days are the ones that are resonating with me the most today. It’s so sad. Tasha has had a good life and she probably has another couple of years in her – she’ll be 13 in a couple of weeks – but it’s getting close to the end. It is going to be crushing when she goes… and I’m pretty sure the tears I cried last night were not as much for Marley as they were for Tasha.

3 Responses to “Tasha & Me”

  1. Colleen says:

    Such a good book.

  2. nicole says:

    You’re not the last one to read it … I just got my copy from the library this week and plan to start it when I’m finished with the book I’m reading now. :)

  3. Lauren says:

    I just read M&M about a month ago. Marley reminded me SO much of Ross! Of course, Ross is an angel compared to Marley! The poop stories though were hysterical, we have a few “finds” of our own from Ross – Barbie shoes, Polly Pocket’s legs, ghost eraser, sparkle crayons…” It’s always an adverture to do poop patrol, LOL!
    Anyway, LOVED the book, cried like a baby through the last 1/3, because I knew what was coming.