John Grogan Adopts ‘Marley’ Puppy

"Marley & Me” writer took home a puppy who portrays his dog on the big screen.

Posted: October 23, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

John Grogan has a Hollywood star at his feet. No, it’s not Jennifer Aniston or Owen Wilson, the actors who play Grogan and his wife Jenny in the upcoming film version of Grogan’s bestselling book, “Marley & Me.”

The star is Woodson, a now 8-month-old Labrador Retriever puppy who was one of 24 dogs to play Marley in “Marley & Me,” which opens Dec. 25.

Woodson lives with Grogan, his wife, and their three children – plus three cats, two chickens, and another Lab, 4-year-old Gracie – in the family’s suburban Philadelphia home.

The real Marley died in 2003 and is buried in Grogan’s backyard under several cherry trees and wild raspberry bushes. Grogan told USA Today that there is no headstone to mark the resting spot of one of publishing’s most famous canines. “I intentionally wanted him to blend into the landscape,” he says.

Grogan’s second memoir, “The Longest Trip Home,” which chronicles Grogan’s devoutly Catholic upbringing in suburban Detroit, arrived in bookstores Tuesday.


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Sandi   Olive Branch, MS

9/2/2009 6:56:08 AM

I love the Movie and I am a huge fan of Owen Wilson, who plays John Grogan. I am happy that the Grogan's shared their life with us! I am showing this video to everyone I know and everyone that is taking a marriage class. All I know is this has left me with a wonderful live inpression of what should be. Owen and Jennifer really hit it home. And I am a Dog lover so Merland the Marley puppy at the Grogans home really is something. Thanks for all of this. And thanks to the Grogans for having their wonderful story told by Owen and Jennifer. Bless all of you. Sans a ba Coleman

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Pam   Belleville, MI

3/2/2009 12:09:36 PM

I think that is totally cool! Once you fall in love with a dog, it's hard to have a home without one. Ours is filled by a chihuahua, and from what I understand, we can expect to have her for nearly another 20 years!! Hooray!

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therese   chicago, IL

1/10/2009 4:07:08 PM

I saw today on TV that the dog he took home has 'genetic' problems. I was wondering if anyone knows if this puppy originally came from a 'puppy mill' where genetic and health problems are the norm. It is always better to adopt from a shelter and not promote the cruel puppy mill industry.

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Anna   Maple Grove, MN

10/23/2008 6:42:55 PM

Cool! I wonder if this will mean another book. :P

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