When Ray and Karl brought Marley home I was kind of upset, to say the least. I mean, he was a cute kid and all, but I knew I was going to have to share everything, my food, my toys, but most of all Ray and Karl. I have always been an “only dog” and I got sort of jealous of Marley, ‘cause he needed their attention. And I’m old and I sort of got the feeling that maybe they were trying to replace me.
The next day we were watching Lethal Weapon 4 (well, Marley, Ray and Karl were, I was just listening), and it got to the part where Martin (Mel Gibson) was at the grave site of his past wife. And he was working up the courage to tell her that he was going to ask Lorna (Rene Russo) to marry him. Well, Leo (Joe Pesci) walks up to him and tells him this story.
You know, when I was a kid I had a pet frog. Just give me a second, let me tell you this. Okay? I had this pet frog. His name was Froggy. He was my best friend in the whole world. I didn't have a lot of friends. As a matter of fact... okay, I had no friends. And I used to kiss the frog, too. I thought maybe it would turn into a princess, since I was a boy and it could be my mother. They told me that she left or something. And my father was no bargain. And so just the frog, Froggy, was my friend. And I really loved him. And I took him everywhere with me. And I was riding him on my bike one day and he jumped out of the box. And I ran him over with the back tire. I killed him. I was really heartbroken. Really. He was my best friend in the whole world, the only thing I ever loved.
And then I met you and Roger. And you guys really looked after me a lot more than you really had to... no, no. It's okay. It's okay. You're my family and my friends. You're not better friends than Froggy. You're just different. And I just thought that maybe that might be relevant.
And I realized from listening to that that Ray and Karl aren’t trying to replace me. I realized that Marley isn’t going to be a better puppy, just different. And now I “see” things a little differently. In fact, even though Marley gets on my nerves sometimes I realize that maybe, just maybe, he might help keep me younger just a little while longer and I embrace that. Just thought I would share.
Until next time… live, love, bark!