Marley and Me Giveaway!

I have three paperback copies of the wonderful book Marley and Me up for grabs! Would you like a chance to win one? Here is what you need to do:

  • Leave a comment on this post before March 31 at midnight (MST).
  • Be sure to fill in the “email” field so you can be contacted if you win.
  • Include a “dog behaving badly” story if you have one. After all, the book is about life with the world’s worst dog.
  • This is for USA and Canada residents only.
  • One comment per person, duplicates will be removed.

The winners will be chosen by using a random number generator. Here is a little bit of what the book is about from the Harper Collins website:

The heartwarming and unforgettable story of a family in the making and the
wondrously neurotic dog who taught them what really matters in life

John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of a puppy. Life would never be the same.

Marley quickly grew into a barreling, ninety-seven-pound streamroller of a Labrador retriever, a dog like no other. He crashed through screen doors, gouged through drywall, flung drool on guests, stole women’s undergarments, and ate nearly everything he could get his mouth around, including couches and fine jewelry. Obedience school did no good—Marley was expelled. Neither did the tranquilizers the veterinarian prescribed for him with the admonishment, “Don’t hesitate to use these.”

And yet Marley’s heart was pure. Just as he joyfully refused any limits on his behavior, his love and loyalty were boundless, too. Marley shared the couple’s joy at their first pregnancy, and their heartbreak over the miscarriage. He was there when babies finally arrived and when the screams of a seventeen-year-old stabbing victim pierced the night. Marley shut down a public beach and managed to land a role in a feature-length movie, always winning hearts as he made a mess of things. Through it all, he remained steadfast, a model of devotion, even when his family was at its wit’s end. Unconditional love, they would learn, comes in many forms.

Is it possible for humans to discover the key to happiness through a bigger-than-life, bad-boy dog? Just ask the Grogans.

*this giveaway is now closed. thank you for entering, the winners will be notified by email*


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  2. Suanne Giddings says:

    I used to have a beagle that would dig out of the yard. We buried an apron of fencing (6 feet) under the grass and he still dug out. The really bad part was that there were only two people in town he would come to — me and the dog catcher. I would love to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this contest.

  3. Carissa Davis says:

    I would love to read this. We have three, four legged escapees, which is bad because we live one block away from a busy highway. They escaped the other night, but fortunately they went the other direction.

  4. Betty Curran says:

    I’d love to read this book. I mistakenly left my German Shepherd in my bedroom with the door closed while I went off to work. By the time I got home half my wooden bed frame was gone.

  5. sarah woods says:

    No one knows until you experience how an animal changes your life, and its always for the better and the positive. Perhaps it would be a much better world if the animals were people; and the people the animals, which would never happen since animals alwys give and love unconditionally. Best of luck to all who enter!!!!!!

  6. Christi says:

    My sis told me she had just read this book..and she laughed, and cried. I would love to win it.TY.

  7. Valerie Keller says:

    This book caught my eye because my son and daughter-in-law are having a baby boy in May, and they chose the name Marley. Well, some friends have teased them and said Marley is a girl’s name – and I think this book is just what they need to show everyone that this baby, as well as his name, is ALL boy!

  8. Carolyn Ellis says:

    I would love to read this book. I know my dogs who have passed are still with me helping me along.

  9. Peter says:

    My former Golden was so afraid of thunderstorms that he destroyed our porcelin toilet by knocking the top off after a typical Florida rain!

  10. claudette flanigan says:

    we are huge dog lovers! Our little Bentley somehow snuck into my son’s Easter basket and stole a giant chocolate bunny and did get very sick…happy to say that he has recovered! He is always getting himself into trouble somehow…but we love him!

  11. L McLendon says:

    Currently no furry friends to write about but my favorite childhood pet was my Chihuahua “Candy”.

  12. Charlene says:

    I would love to win 2 copies of this book Demanding I know but I have a dog that my Daddy just HATES I think he needs to read his own copy Because I would so not share MINE lol

  13. Heather C says:

    Our own 90 pound dog doesn’t stand when she comes into the house. She skitters across the floor, knocking everything over in an attempt to lick our toes. It might be fun for 2 or 3 minutes, but after an hour, we get pretty dang tired of it. Looks like a head-nodding book for friends of crazy dogs!

  14. Lisa G. says:

    We were putting up our Christmas tree and I had put our new puppy Banjo in the back room so he couldn’t jump all over the decorations while they were on the floor. As soon as we were finished I let him out and he promptly ran over to the Christmas tree, sniffed it and then lifted his leg and began peeing on our tree before I could stop him.

  15. Judy Au says:

    We have the sweetest old cock-a-poo, she’s 14. I can’t remember any “dog behaving badly” stories….She once alerted me of a fire in my dryer! Lately she’s cranky, barking for no reason, I don’t think she can see or hear too well….but Ohh, WE Love Her!

  16. Lynn Marler says:

    Took our dog Sugar shopping with us one winter’s day. Stopped first at a coffee place and bought some gourmet coffee for a gift. It was sealed up in a vacuum-pack bag and then inside a brown bag with rope handles. We stopped at another store and left Sugar in the car with the coffee. Came back out and there she sat in the car with that brown bag hanging from her neck by the handles! I freaked out at first, thinking “OMG, if she got into that coffee! Isn’t caffeine poisonous to dogs? OMG!” Luckily she hadn’t even tried to get into the coffee bag; but that determinedly innocent look on her face (with that bag hanging over her head the whole time) as if she were saying “What? What? I didn’t do anything!” We laughed about that fake innocent look on her face for days!

  17. Darlene Hampton says:

    Our chihauhua, Toby, will love on us all day, but when my husband puts on his work shirt, Toby chases him outthe front door growling all the way…. doesn’t like that darn work shirt…..

  18. Belenda says:

    I’ve seen reviews or mentions of this book elsewhere, but I’ve never come across a copy to read. I would love to win one!

  19. Vickie Couturier says:

    I have a teenage foster daughter who loves dogs an loves to read she would love this book,so please count me in,thank you

  20. Sarah Stern says:

    My son got very upset just this morning because our dog decapitated one of his dinosaur toys!

  21. Julie Boatwright says:

    My 9-yr-old and I would love this. We are dog lovers and recently lost our female beagle.

  22. Susan Ledet says:

    I just lost my beloved dog and miss him terribly. He was a great dog but loved to show off when I had company. He was not fixed and would always bring his “girlfriend” which was a stuffed racoon out and have his way with her. He only did this when I had company and most of my guests had a good laugh when this happened. He was a how off.

  23. ERica G says:

    This dog reminds me of my dog Winston. My husband is easily annoyed by him, but I don’t care what he does as long as he (the dog) isn’t hurting anyone. I think this may help my husband see the light.

  24. Suzanne Lewis says:

    My dog ripped up the wallpaper in the bathroom of my rental house. There goes my deposit!

  25. Gayle Morgan says:

    I have 3 labs and would be so lost without them. I love animals and this book has been high on my list to read.

  26. Jessica Cote says:

    I have been wanting to read this book!

    My dog Tinkerbell is good for the most part but she likes to poop on my bed when she gets mad at me!

  27. Michael Oelrich says:

    One of my favorite pictures of my cocker spaniel, “Frizzbee”, is from when he was a puppy and we found him in the bathroom with toilet paper all over him and the room. My sister read Marley & Me and told me I have to read it.

  28. Julie says:

    We had a dog who was totally worthless–except as a pre-scrubber for our dishes. If someone came to the door she hid under the bed. Until we brought our son home from the hospital. Then she transformed into instant watch dog. If somebody walked by on the sidewalk across the street from our house she would bark to alet.

  29. Jill Miller says:

    This is an incredible book! I would love to win this copy to give to my good friend and dog-sitter.

  30. Buddy Garrett says:

    I wou;d love to win this contest. “Mookie” purpose in life was to behave badly-anything within his reach was fair game for him to destroy-clothes on the clothesline, anything in the patio, buried tv cable, he dug up the backyard and chased cars with abandon. He would run into sides of cars.

  31. Christine Groce says:

    If I don’t win this book, I will definately go out and buy it. Please count me in. Thanks!

  32. Vicki Chrzanowski says:

    Mom and I rented the audio book of Marley & Me and love it. I would love to read it. I hope I win!!

  33. Megan says:

    When I was in third grade my mom got me a beagle. She was cute and soft and ran away ALL the time. If you opened the door whoosh, she was gone. And you want to know the other thing she did? She loved I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. If you left it on the table and went in the other room, it would be gone. Ingested instantly.

  34. Cindi Aylor says:

    I borrowed this book from a friend , I laughed, I cried and I have never looked at my dogs the same again. I have this whole new appreciation for who they are.
    I would love to have my own copy. Awesome book!!!

  35. Carla Spence says:

    I have the cutest little cock-a-poo that slithers all over the carpet when she gets excited. So cute! My mom read this book and keeps telling me I should read it. Great contest!

  36. Amy says:

    Our Jack Russell Terrier will destroy anything she finds that is left on the floor. She has demolished a rug, many toys, and our blinds!

  37. Danielle S says:

    My parents have the most “misunderstood” dog…a PitBull.
    We have no bad dog stories as he is SUPER sweet and lovable…he justs doesn’t realize yet that he’s a BIG do and not a lap dog, so he plops his enormous body right ontop of everyone who walks in!!! LOL!

  38. Ann says:

    I would love to win this for my daughter! We used to have to golden retriever that would literally eat anything in the first couple of years!! Thanks for the great give away!

  39. Cindi says:

    The cover alone makes your love Marley! I grew up with a brother who was a Veterinarian and I have heard many stories of dogs gone bad! Really, though, in our family there is no horrific tales (tails) to tell. I would really enjoy owning a copy of this book. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks very much…..Cindi

  40. Kathy W says:

    The timing for this was too perfect — Just yesterday morning I awoke to find that our tiny Shorkie pup -Lilly- discovered my glasses lying next to the couch –and had eaten the nosepads! Off to the dentist I go with wires sticking in the sides of my nose since the Optical store opend AFTER my dentist appt. The dentist asked who had been chewing?!!

  41. Terri B says:

    I thought I was the only one who hadn’t read this book yet. Once we left our dog home and went to a movie. When we got home we discovered that we didn’t shut the pantry door and he made such a mess. The funny thing is, he only got out his stuff… treats, rawhide, even his breath freshener… and left the Peanut Butter and other food alone. He ate the entire box of treats and that night he acted like a little kid who’d eaten too much candy.

  42. Noreen says:

    When I was little our dog escaped the yard and came back with a package of steaks. He did it again and brought back a bag of rolls. The same dog as a puppy peed on a condo porch over the bbg of the people below.

  43. Lyndsay Lever says:

    I have heard so many wonderful things about this book, I have even heard the author on The Today Show discussing Marley. I have a dog, and there are times that I wish I did not have a dog. I think I need to read about someone else who learned something from such a dog. I would love to win this book.

  44. Angela says:

    I dont even want to admit this one.. but my first show dog had some “teritorial issues” and one day I decided to take him to the park like a normal dog and let him play. Well we got to the dog park and I unleashed him and he ran around for a few second and the moment I even said “hi” to another dog he ran back and stood beside me… I was talking to this uber attractive guy who owned this adorable pug (I was single at the time and drooling on myself over this guy) and he asks me for my number… and I start feeling something wet on my leg.. my dog actually peed on my dress… needless to say the guy saw it and made an excuse as to why he had to go and never called…

    I added you to prizeatron too

  45. Lesley Hickman says:

    Oh gosh I don’t know where or whom to begin with so I will just tell you about my latest rescue named “Bo” he is my male Basset hound. Now I rescue hounds and thoughtI knew a lot about them, well not about this one. He is into everything, worse than a two/three/four year old child and he drives my female 5 yr. old Basset hound “Dixie” crazy because she is a angel. I walk the pack most days, but some days I don’t take all of them and this day Bo did not get to go, so he took it out on the house; he chewed my daughters hair products (she’s 15) so there was yelling from her, he then proceeded down the hall into my bathroom where he chewed up everything in the trash can, oh I forgot he knocked over the kitchen trash and didn’t eat it just played in the coffe grounds till he was covered in it (he is mostly white, he is a beautiful burgandy and white when clean)when he made it into my bedroom he pulled off the blankets and then chewed up the remote control (it still works we just can’t read the buttons)he then proceeded over to my husbands night stand and decided he needed some calcium supplements (I don’t know how many he had, the vet said he would be ok)when I made it back he was sneeking into the living room and he immediatley stopped,sat and gave me that droopy eyed “I swear I didn’t do it” and “I’m sorry if I did” well of course you did it I told him do you think your little side kick could do all of this? Side kick is the little terrier who I rescued along with “Bo” they were traveling together on the streets, eating whatever to stay alive, when both of them got car sick on the way home, it was nothing but gravel and cigarett butts, pitiful. They have come a long way now but side kick “Pixie” only weighs 9 lbs maybe and “Bo” weighs 57 lbs now but when rescued 44 lbs, his back bone is still showing a bit but not as bad. Anyway, Bo relented and followed me to each and every bad place like he was saying he was sorry and of course he was and how could anyone stay mad at a Basset hound or any dog. Not me I have six (6) and I’m running out of room, I need a bigger place to keep up with the rescue work. I’m looking though nothing in my price range w/land of course. Thanks for the oppurtunity to share. Visit my website, I try to blog about my pups.

  46. Kathy Knutson says:

    Our now deceased dog Holly was a stray who lived with us for over 15 years….We loved Holly and she loved us..I really don’t have a “bad dog” story, unless it was Holly being very skeptical of strangers and protective of her adoptive family. She would growl at anyone who tried to be make friends with her. Holly had to make the move first, to sniff and check out the new person and then she would be your friend.

  47. Greg Johnson says:

    Marley ROCKS! My dog likes to make sure the cats butts are still where they were the last time he sniffed them.

  48. Ashley Henley says:

    i have always heard about this book and wanted to read it. I have a yellow lab, she is 3 years old and the sweetest dog I have ever owned. But as a puppy that sweet ball of fluff chewed up coffe tables, through a door and 2 walls and many other things. Somehow she managed to live through all those thing and won’t leave my side. Unconditional love does come in many forms.

  49. John Matthews says:

    Hi I was just looking through your blog, and thought I would say hi, and you have a lovely little dog there.

    I also have a blog too, that I have some videos of a members litter of puppies. Would you like to exchange links?


  50. Chris says:

    I’d love to read this!

    My best dog behaving badly story involves our Jack Russell. He tends to be well-behaved when we’re around, but when we leave, he has the bad habit of getting on the kitchen table. Apparently it provides him with a terrific view out of our large front window.

    We discovered his habit as we glanced back towards the house one day as we drove off and noticed our little black & white Jack happily wagging his tail as he stood on the table looking at us. We once forgot about his habit and left a pound of liquor-filled chocolates on the table. When we arrived home, we had to immediately head out again for a long, gross vet visit.

  51. Kari Follett says:

    We have an aging golden retriever and I’ve always wanted to read this story. I dont have any unique story about her but she’s a wonderful companion and is loyal and kind to everyone.

  52. Angela M. says:

    Our poor pup Bernie is deathly afraid of storms — & it almost cost him his basic obedience school diploma! He’d done well throughout the 6-week class, but on graduation night, the teacher started taking *flash* (or as Bernie decided, lightning) photos for their website. Bernie refused to sit, lay down, or heel… he just wanted to curl up under the folding chairs. He ended up passing — but he definitely wasn’t at the top of the class!

  53. Elizabeth M. says:

    I don’t have a dog behaving badly story (thank goodness!) but this makes me feel like I’ve had it too easy.

  54. Cheryl English says:

    Just remember dog spelled backwards spells GOD! They are precious gifts from above. Good or bad behavior, they are your family. It doesn’t get any better than this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  55. Sharon Trimble says:

    My puppy chewed up my contact case. I was lucky because although she completly chewed the case my lenses were sitting on the carpet untouched.

  56. Yvonne says:

    I have a rescue Basenji who has done $2800.00 worth ofdamage to the inside of a truck.$600.00 seat belt,$200.00 leather jacket.But I love him-so he stays.

  57. Tricia Andrews says:

    On my 6th wedding anniversary last month my husband and I came home from a great evening out. We came home and let our two dogs out in the backyard to do their business. About five minutes later our girl dog (she is about 65 lbs and a mutt) was standing at the back door with a HUGE rabbit in her mouth. Somehow she caught him at 10pm at night and had broken his back and wanted to bring him into the house. My husband had to wrestle the rabbit out of her mouth from her and it was just about dead. She ruined the mood that night for sure! But we love her anyway.

  58. Karen says:

    I can’t keep this book on the shelves in my library! I’ll need my own copy if I’m ever going to read it!

  59. Linda Wilmer says:

    I’ve had dogs all my life. Now, I have three. Love all three, have had them a long time. Each has their own personality and has a special place in my heart.

  60. Anne Taylor says:

    My dear boxer, Tammy, ate all three of our gingerbread houses when we went to church one Sunday!! We all laughed hysterically when we got home!

  61. Cathleen T. says:

    When I was three, my family decided to try breeding our Dalmation, Patches, with the local firehouse dog Spot (Yes, a lot of planning went into choosing those names). Well, Patches had nine puppies. My cousin and I were given the responsibility of “caring” for them (Or at least the illusion of it). I felt it was my utmost duty to ensure that my five charges were able to spend naptime with me. So, up the stairs I smuggled each one and under the covers they went. It didn’t take too long before my grandmother noticed five of the pups missing, but awhile to find them. Needless to say I might have been housebroken but they were far from it. The pups all went to good homes, and my mother had a very good excuse to buy a new mattress.

  62. Nora Scott-Platt says:

    The worst thing my little girl does is if I put throw rugs down she thinks she can urinate on them. So can’t put those down in my home.

  63. Dave says:

    Our family dog, Nikki, used to hide dinner rolls all over the house. You would find bread in your couches, under stairs, in the laundry room…for weeks! Nothing was safe on the kitchen counter.

  64. Meredith Peters says:

    My pekingese always waits until she hears I’m in the shower and then steals the bathroom rug!

  65. trish b. says:

    My husband and I love our rescued dogs! I let them out in the yard to play and they ate my husband’s motorcycle! They destroyed the brand new seat, saddlebags, pulled the wiring harness out… The only things left on the bike was the metal frame and the tires!

    One of my rescues, Lumpy, also ate our half bathroom to the plumbing! He pulled the moulding off from around the door and the baseboards, ate part of the sink cabinet, and started in on the toilet.We call him our little termite.

    We love our babies even if they destroy stuff!

  66. Deborah says:

    I have been wanting to read this book for a long time. We had a Black Lab that chewed EVERYTHING. She chewed our wires to our air conditioner and many parts on my husbands prized John Deere lawnmower. She was a sweet dog but we could not get her to quit digging or chewing.

  67. rachel burke says:

    my moms new dog is so fat she will not let the cat or chickens eat she will eat there food she is a jealous dog she eats till she barfs

  68. Holly Brewer says:

    I absolutely need a time out from my new jack russel mix puppy. He’s rotten but I love him to death. He has a habit of destroying my eight month old’s toys! He makes me want to pull my hair out sometimes but love overcomes all!

  69. K. Cleaver says:

    My mother was keeping my puppy while we went on our honeymoon. When we got home my mom told me he had chewed up my bridal veil. I could have cried!

  70. Vicky Carlson says:

    My dog’s name is Marley also. He doesn’t like being left alone. He tears up everything when you leave him alone.

  71. Amanda says:

    I have been reduced to cats ( I love mine) due to the one time we tried a dog, he ate EVERYTHING in sight. For whatever reason, he really hated the weed block under the graveled areas, and the tanned bark areas, oh and hoses, the dog hated hoses or loved em, who knows! My teak patio table was finally the last straw. The dog ate a good portion of most of the arms and legs on the chairs, at different times of course lol. Other than his knack for COMPLETE distruction by chewing, he was a fantastic dog. lol

  72. chelle says:

    We had an amazing dog, she was so sweet and loving, however she had a chewing problem. Oh how she loved to chew things. Her favorite things to chew were those things that smelled like you. So we got used to making sure our dirty laundry was safely tucked away and that our shoes were as well.

    Well we had an overnight guest stay with us for a few days. We warned her that, if left to her own defenses the sweet dog will be unable to help herself to some yummy clothes or shoes. Much to everyone’s surprise it was just any clothes she went for of our poor house guest. Our sweet dog ravioushly chewed through the crotch of three pairs of underwear and a pair of shorts before the houseguest ever realized the items were missing!!!

    I was so embarrassed and gladly took our houseguest shopping for new apparel!

  73. Kaitlin M says:

    Oh, I know all about misbehaving dogs! My dog Kinlay ate our moldings! We came home from school and work one day to find that our wooden moldings in our brand new house had been bitten and gnawed beyond recognition. Talk about frustrating.

  74. jan says:

    An acquaintance in…er, Malasia has a toy Poodle that has single handedly reduced the population of magpies into virtual extinction.

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