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“Marley was dead.”

Whoops, wrong Marley.

John Grogan of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a book about his Labrador Retriever, Marley and Me. (Recently, it was optioned for a movie).

I haven’t read the book, but I have read a few of his Marley stories. Having had a black Lab, I could empathize.

Apparently, though, some of his stories have been called into question.

From today’s Inquirer:

In light of the scandal enveloping bestselling author James Frey, who now admits his purportedly nonfiction memoir “A Million Little Pieces” is riddled with fabrications and exaggerations, the online accuracy watchdog has launched an investigation into another memoir currently topping best-seller lists. We now bring you this shocking expose:

PHILADELPHIA – Credible evidence has surfaced that Inquirer columnist John Grogan might have greatly exaggerated the badness of his now-infamous Labrador retriever Marley.

In his memoir, Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, Grogan portrays his now-deceased pet as incorrigible, neurotic, ill-mannered, flatulent and slobbering. But a SmokingCanine investigation found scant evidence to support the unflattering depiction.

One former neighbor, Betty Barcalot, told SmokingCanine: “Marley was a great dog. I once witnessed him dart into traffic to pull a chihuahua to safety. But did that make the book?”

The entire story is well-worth a read.


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