There are some movies that really put a lot of dust in the air and Marley & Me is definitely one of them. It’s one of those movies that I can personally relate to with my little doggy, Oreo. Both he and I have gone through some happy and sad times together and the movie definitely touches on a lot of those experiences we had.
If you’re reading this and thinking, “I love dogs! They’re so cute, and cuddly, and loving, and blah blah blah…” Well, this movie will definitely show you the not-so-cute parts of dog ownership—from the stuffed animal terrorism to Marley’s self watering of the living room rug. If you have never owned a dog, you’ll definitely will not feel any greater inclination to run out to your nearest breeder after watching the first 45 minutes of the film. Sure there will be a couple “awws” and “how cute” when they show Marley and those big puppy dog eyes, but that feeling of I-want-one will dissipate once Marley gets into gear and chews through the Grogans’ home.
Luckily for me, my experience raising the little poop machine wasn’t so extreme. Aside from chewing my brother’s waterbed frame, Oreo never really gnawed his way into puphood. Instead, his noriety stemmed from his desire to mark his territory—peeing on the couch, the kitchen table, the outside corner of every hallway, and even peeing as he raced up and down the stairs. Not all is to blame with Oreo though. He was fine before my brother’s two children were born, but once they arrived on the scene my parents’ banished him to his crate until I came home to tend to him. This pretty much opened the flood gates, litteraly. He had to establish his territory with the kids and watching them run around while he howled his little head off in his crate only made matters worse.
Those times are behind Oreo now as he’s living with Mary and I since we moved to our new home last year. With our little baby boy expected in March ’09, I plan on being very delicate with the transition of Oreo accepting Jagger as another member of the family. I really don’t need him peeing everywhere and I love Oreo as a member of our family that Mary and I have started together.