Marley and Me by John Grogan
This is one of those books I kept stumbling upon at the book store so I finally picked it up. Great stuff and a perfect summer read - especially if you are a dawg lover.
Grogan writes about more than his 13 years with "the world's worst dog", he also writes about the trouble he and his wife had having children, life in Boca Raton Florida and their move to the Pennsylvania Countryside.
Teaser from the next to last chapter:
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 water-logged 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.