The Puppy Diaries by Jill Abramson
Raising a Dog Named Scout

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An instructive and marvelously entertaining chronicle of a puppy's first year, by the executive editor of The New York Times


One sparkling summer day, Jill Abramson brought home a nine-week-old golden retriever named Scout. Over the following year, as she and her husband raised their adorable new puppy, Abramson wrote a hugely popular column for The New York Times's website about the joys and challenges of training this rambunctious addition to their family. Dog-lovers from across the country inundated her with e-mails and letters, and the photos they sent in of their own dogs became the most visited photo album on the Times's site in 2009.


Now Abramson has gone far beyond the material in her column and written a detailed and deeply personal account of Scout's first year. Part memoir, part manual, part investigative report, The Puppy Diaries continues Abramson's intrepid reporting on all things canine. Along the way, she weighs in on such issues as breeders or shelters, adoption or rescue, raw diet or vegan, pack-leader gurus like Cesar Millan or positive-reinforcement advocates like Karen Pryor.


What should you expect when a new puppy enters your life? With utterly winning stories and a wealth of practical information, The Puppy Diaries provides an essential road map for navigating the first year of your dog's life.

 

About Jill Abramson

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Jane O'Connor is the author of many popular children's books, including the bestselling Fancy Nancy titles. Jill Abramson is the executive editor of The New York Times and the author of several books. Both sisters live in New York City. Deborah Melmon (deb@debmelmonstudio.com) has created art for cookbooks and greeting cards as well as children's books. She lives in Menlo Park, California.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Times Books. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction
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New York Times managing editor Abramson (co-author: Obama: The Historic Journey, 2009, etc.) chronicles her experience raising a boisterous new puppy.

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The New York Times

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Abramson, “replacing me as pack leader because I am neither calm nor assertive.” The author confesses that her husband’s assessment was “harsh but fair,” considering how horribly she had spoiled her first dog, a West Highland terrier named Buddy, cooking him gourmet meals of rosemary-dus...

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The New York Times

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Jill Abramson shows how life with a puppy enriches middle age.

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Publishers Weekly

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As Scout romps toward canine “adolescence,” chomping through shoes, spectacles, and table legs with pin-sharp teeth and dragging her owners along by the leash, Abramson consults with dog authorities like Cesar Millan of The Dog Whisperer, clicker-training and positive-reinforcement proponent ...

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Los Angeles Times

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If it makes potential and potentially good dog people feel they're not good enough to bring home a dog — and it really should not — then a lot of good dogs and a lot of good people would be missing out on an awful lot of happiness.

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The Bookbag

Jill does recommend Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know by Alexandra Horowitz for more insight into the way your dog operates and I agree - it's superb.

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The Village Voice

Although dogs supposedly don't like to be stared at, Scout looked deeply into my reddened, sleep-deprived eyes as if searching for clues.

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Pet Side

Abramson’s book regaled me with tales of the vast choices in puppy care—from the Paw-tisserie where dog owners can drink coffee with their pooches and buy them frosted biscuits, to the dog retreat “Biscuits & Bath.” Curious, I visited biscuitsandbath.com and found it amusing that the home page is...

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