Love Means Never Having To Say You're Sorry

    Lucky lived the first 18 months of his life alone in an 8 x 8 cement cage before becoming the big brother to his two baby girls, Tyler and Dylan.

 

Lucky lived the first 18 months of his life alone in an 8 x 8 cement cage before becoming the big brother to his two baby girls, Tyler and Dylan.

“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?”
― John Grogan, Marley & Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog 

    There's nothing like watching the unabashed joyousness of dogs playing off leash.     

 

There's nothing like watching the unabashed joyousness of dogs playing off leash. 

 

“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me

    Thrive board member Laurel Smith and her rescue girl Izzy Pop.

 

Thrive board member Laurel Smith and her rescue girl Izzy Pop.

“In a dog's life, some plaster would fall, some cushions would open, some rugs would shred. Like any relationship, this one had its costs. They were costs we came to accept and balance against the joy and amusement and protection and companionship he gave us.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me

    Macey Bloum, the reason Thrive began.

 

Macey Bloum, the reason Thrive began.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.
It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me

    Thrive board member Marc Grock's beloved rescue, Freddie. Puerto Vallarta 2015.

 

Thrive board member Marc Grock's beloved rescue, Freddie. Puerto Vallarta 2015.

“Then I dropped my forehead against his and sat there for a long time, as if I could telegraph a message through our two skulls, from my brain to his. I wanted to make him understand some things.

You know all that stuff we’ve always said about you?” I whispered. “What a total pain you are? Don’t believe it. Don’t believe it for a minute, Marley.” He needed to know that, and something more, too. There was something I had never told him, that no one ever had. I wanted him to hear it before he went.

Marley,” I said. “You are a great dog.”
― John Grogan, Marley and Me

 

Susie Saladino