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Joy: From the Ground Up

Momma and Me March 13, 2013

From what I’ve heard, it was a bit of a fiasco for my adoptive parents to adopt me. Rather than delve into that whole emotional story right now, I will offer a Reader’s Digest version. To make a very long story (I’m sure I will share at a later date) short, my momma didn’t care what it took to adopt me. It was love at first sight if you believe in such things (which I do).

Apparently, the adoption profiler gave her a bit of grief about the fact that my dad didn’t have prior experience with animals, referenced my alleged behavioral issues, and challenged whether my soon-to-be adoptive parents were prepared to handle such a “handful with a cute face.” Well, my momma told that profiler she didn’t care that I had been previously returned by another adoptive family. She was fine taking me to a behaviorist for my apparent behavioral issues prior to adoption. Heck, she was prepared to adopt a puppy like they did in the movie adaptation of “Marley and Me.”Momma and Me

But she wanted little ole 2-year-old me. Fortunately for me we both won that battle, and our mutual appreciation for “Marley and Me” remains intact. And (in my humble opinion) this is the case because I care so much about author John Grogan’s perspective on dogs.

“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his,” Grogan writes. “How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?”

Like many dog-loving fans, we agree that the book was the slightest bit better than the movie, but both versions are pretty special to momma and me. I was around for the majority of  momma’s first reading of the book, and I can testify that she laughed, cried, smiled and everything in between. If anyone were to write my biography, I would want it to be Mr. John Grogan himself.

This is not just because of the brilliance of both adaptations of “Marley and Me,” but because of what he says in his emotional good bye to Marley at the end of the story.

That is the ultimate reflection of a dog’s joy: from the ground up, if you ask little ole me.


23 Responses to “Momma and Me”

  1. Susan D. Says:

    How wonderful you found your forever home!

  2. Shadow Says:

    My mom and dad did adopt a Marley, me – code name Shadow (mix of Collie and German Shepherd). My mom and dad have not read or watched this Marley and Me for my mom told me she would cry because she does not like anything to do with the end of a life. I am happy that the universe brought you and your mom together. Thank you for giving me something to read that I can relate to while my family sleeps…it is the only time I have access to the computer without them seeing me 🙂
    PS I love peanut butter too!

    • Dear Shadow! I know a Shadow….and I kinda love him…so I love you too! How fabulous that you found your forever home too! I’m so happy for you! You’re silly sneaking time away on the computer – I am sure they would understand if they knew what you were doing. 😉 Peanut butter rocks my socks, so I’m so glad to connect with someone that feels the same way. High paw dude!

  3. Oh, that brought a tear to my eye, Wiley….
    I am the friend and loved one of a sweet doggy ‘Sweetie’. I have often thought that one day she will leave us and go to that glorious puppy dog abode in heaven. When she does she will leave behind so many great memories; love, sweetness, fun, play, trust, soulful eyes and a cheeky face. I shall surely miss her…
    However, for today and for many days to come she will stay with me/us and we will love her as much as she loves me/us. 😉
    A lovely post….

    • Dear Carolyn,

      I am so happy to hear you have a doggie Sweetie in your life. Everyone needs at least one. Speaking from experience, you should know she appreciates you as much as you appreciate her in spite of her silence. 🙂

  4. Love this post<3 marley is one of mummy's favourite books and films

  5. It is the most wonderful testament to the love of a dog.

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  7. scrapydo Says:

    I am also a peanut butter fan! Yummy, yum

  8. We all have baggage, Wiley, and each and every one of my rescues (dog and cat) have come with their own designer set. But I wouldn’t trade one of them for all the money in the world. There is no one that is THAT happy to see me, and their unconditional love is really all I need. (and some food, treats, walks and play-but hey, that’s not so much to ask, is it?) How wonderful that you “found” each other!

  9. huntmode Says:

    Oh, Wiley…. a fellow blogger just had to do the last scene with Marley herself and you captured it, bud, by posting it. I’ve done it. It is hard, the hard part of loving; but the grace and love in the intervening time – there is nothing, nothing that compares. HuntMode

  10. yinyin Says:

    I love the movie, and the book as well ^ – ^ ! If you publish some new books like “Wiley and Momma”, I sure will be in the line !

    • Wow, really!? Dear YinYin, you definitely made my day!!!!!! It is a dream of mine to publish “365 Days of Joy: From the Ground Up, so to hear someone actually might actually want to read it!!!

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