A year and a half later we sent him to San Francisco for the big Guide Dog testing. Well a few weeks later we found out he failed so they gave us the opportunity to take him back. We said, "Of course!"
So for the next 7 years Jazz was the treasured family pet. He was no where near as destructive as Marley but every bit as loyal. He passed away in my mom's arms at the ripe old age of 9. It's amazing how much a dog can get into your heart if you let him.
After the death of his beloved Marley John Grogan comes to this realization:
Was it possible for a dog--any dog, but especially a nutty, wildly uncontrollable one like ours--to point humans to the things that really mattered in life? I believed it was. Loyalty. Courage. Devotion. Simplicity. Joy. And the things that did not matter, too. A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. Status symbols mean nothing to him. A waterlogged stick will do just fine. A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are inside. A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not.I know I can learn something from Marley about how to live a better, more fulfilling life. Loyalty to others,. Courage to do the things that I want to do and what is right. Simplicity in life. Who really needs all this stuff anyway?? And doing these things will bring us joy.
I can't say that this was one of the best books I've read, but it was entertaining and well worth the read.