He brings joy to his family, the Grogans, and teaches them what really matters in life.
Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan, pounds 5.99pb (HarperCollins) YOU can see the film - and now you can read the book.
This is a special film tie-in edition of the heart-warming story about the world's worst dog, adapted from John Grogan's best selling memoir, Marley and Me.
This means that not only is their pooch cute-as-a button, but that the Grogans themselves are also the most perfect looking young couple in South Florida.
Much of the first part of the film is pure comedy excess as Marley gets himself into scrape after scrape (I particularly loved a scene of him sliding across a polished floor, straight out of the garden door and into a swimming pool), although the fun packed antics slow gradually as the story draws on, the Grogans start to have children and things get a bit tense around the house.
the Grogans (Aniston & Wilson) choose their dog, Marley; Smile...
"There's something about the Grogans and about Marley that connects in a universal way.
"It's about the journey that Marley goes on with the Grogans, it's about them making their marriage work, their relationship work, with a little help from their dog."
The film's narrative concerns the marriage of the Grogans (Mr Grogan is played by Owen Wilson) and how they deal with the challenges of a new marriage, new journalism careers in Florida and, as the film unfolds, the delights of prospective parenthood.
Second-billing is the price of the deal for the Grogans, who continue to write the magazine and produce content for Athlon's Grogansports.com.
The Grogans came close to calling it quits after just a few years when a magazine distributor stiffed the brothers on their share of revenues from newsstand sales.
The Grogans are New Jersey kids whose father was transplanted to Colorado during the Johns Manville expansion in the early 1970s.
Humbled, the Grogans vowed to do better research the next time.
MARLEY &ME(PG, 115 mins) ANIMAL lovers, hankies at the ready for David Frankel's heart-warming comedy-drama based on the novel by John Grogan
. Newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan
(Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston) move to Florida to pursue careers as journalists and put down roots.
Led by Rich Grogan
, a certified Martial Arts Instructor and Fitness Professional with a degree in Kinesiology Education and over 20 years experience, Kick To Get Fit Jr.