I know, I know, you’re asking yourself if I were such a major dog lover, why wouldn’t I want to see a sweet tale about a beloved family dog? Well, you do have a point. I do enjoy all things dog, but I simply can’t go see the Marley & Me movie, even though a huge part of me still wants to.
I read the book and absolutely loved it, but I must tell you that I wouldn’t read the ending. I knew what was coming, so I just stopped reading, closed the book, and put it on my bookshelf. Of course, I told everyone I know how great the book was and how you’ll laugh so hard that you should read it alone or people around you will think you’re crazy from all the giggles. I mean, this book is truly laugh-out-loud funny! Towards the end, though, you can tell what is coming and that is where I had to stop reading.
My heart for dogs and the compassion I feel for them is so strong that I simply can’t bear to see a dog suffer in any way, much less die! I know that Marley lived a wonderful life and had an awesome family who loved him dearly, but I still can’t bear it.
I guess I think about my own dogs when it comes to that sad subject of death and I just won’t face the reality of mortality. Dogs simply aren’t here on earth long enough, even if they outlive the conventional “old age” standards of a dog. I personally have three dogs and one of them (my rescued Cockapoo, Fritz) is 16 years old! Plus, I can’t just “close the book” when I’m sitting at the movies and know what is coming. I would be forced to get up and leave and that just wouldn’t feel right to me.
Sorry Marley, but don’t worry, ‘cause I’m still one of your greatest fans!