The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout
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The Puppy Diaries: 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 websit...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Times Books (first published September 1st 2011)
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Janet
Okay, my first posting was essentially a love letter to a golden I lost almost 2 years ago that still has me fully wrapped around the axle. Here's the real review: if the object of the writer is to inform or entertain and preferably both Abramson has come up woefully short. Jill, if you're listening you need to do more than put a cute photo on the dustjacket. Endless pages about the price of Purina Pro chow do not a book make. Most grating were her opinions on special services such as canine aqu...more
Barks & Bites
The Puppy Diaries by Jill Abramson

Narrated by Beth MacDonald
Length: Unabridged 5 hours on 4 CD’s
Published by Macmillan Audio, 2011

When NY Times editor Jill Abramson lost her beloved westie Buddy to illness she didn’t want to take the advice of her friends and family to “get a new dog”. She was still grieving and secretly unsure if she could ever love another dog as much as she had loved her beloved Buddy. I think anyone who has ever bonded with a dog, only to lose them, has experienced these sam...more
Megan B.
When I first read the description of The Puppy Diaries I thought, hey this could be an interesting read. Maybe somewhat like Marley & Me. I thought the stories would be heartwarming and the dog’s personality would just jump out at you. But about thirty pages into the book I realized it wasn’t going to be that way.

To put it simply, it was boring. It came to a point where I had to force myself to continue to read it. Since the whole book is about the puppy, Scout, the reader has to feel connec...more
Sharon
Jill Abramson's chronicle of the first year living with her Golden Retriever, Scout, is not just another dog book. It's a story of grieving, and joy, humans and animals, and overcoming unexpected challenges.

Abramson tells a moving tale, from losing her beloved West Highland terrier, Buddy, to bringing home tiny puppy Scout, to all of the challenges of seeing Scout grow through illnesses to *very large* adulthood. Anecdotes abound throughout the book as Abramson and her husband examine the most p...more
Deirdre Keating
What a curious book. I enjoyed it, but I'm in that state just before getting a dog where you soak up everything you can find to prepare in someway. I can't imagine recommending it to anyone else or referring back to it. It seems Abramson wrote a blog for the NYT (where she is the executive editor) on her puppy's first year, and naturally, was able to get it published as a book.

There's lots of jaw-dropping anecdotes about rich Manhattan dog owners (doggie hospice?! Indoor Swimming pools for dogs....more
Wendy
When Jill Abramson introduced her new nine-week-old puppy to the followers of her blog on the New York Times's website, she was unprepared for the overwhelming response. Within an hour of being posted, the first puppy blog was the number one most e-mailed story on the Times's website. The Puppy Diaries is an outgrowth of those blog posts. This is the story of how Abramson and her husband adopted and raised the British Standard Golden Retriever which they named Scout after the character in To Kil...more
Kirsti
Naw! Puppy on the cover! Of course I was going to read this book. My love for animal biography/memoirs is insatiable. I haven't been able to walk past one in a store without buying it since Marley and Me. I'm not 100% sure, but I think I picked this one up second hand in Canberra a few weeks ago. I love that this is the story of Scout's first year. There is no graceful, aging pooch on its deathbed here. I love the truly puppy antics, the chewed shoes, the leash pulling, the love. I read animal s...more
Doriana Bisegna
How could I possibly give Scout less than 4 stars...look at him!!! It would have been 5 but no one is more perfect tham my Sam and Giggio! This was a good book on a year well spent raising a pup!! Scout wasn's as humourous as John Grogan's Marley but a close second!! Scout is one lucky guy to have such great doggie parents and a book to boot....this is a fun read for anyone who loves and/or owns dogs...all the trials and tribulations...all the heartache and worry...all the joy and unconditional...more
Daniel Fok
Jan 10, 2014 Daniel Fok rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Animal lovers
The Puppy Diaries is a wonderful book about how a New York Time's journalist fills up her life with excitement, joy and laughter at a time when she was depressed over a serious accident which broke her leg. Furthermore, after her children had all grown up to be working adults and the death of her former dog, Buddy, her life seemed to be very much empty. That was when that excitement, joy and laughter came in in the form of a British Golden Retriever with a lovely platinum coat and adoring eyes....more
Susan Bazzett-griffith
Eh. I liked the cover of this book about a hundred times more than I liked the pages (except for the pages with photos. Golden puppies make me all kinds of sappy). The writing was kind of stilted, probably because the author is a journalist, not novelist, by trade. The book plodded along at a very slow pace, and included a lot of details that were unnecessary; however, I didn't completely dislike it. This book was kind of like decaf coffee-- I could read it right before falling asleep and put it...more
Jennifer Defoy
Being an animal lover I love all books about animals: so I'm a bit biased right from the word go... While this was a good book there was a bit of an emotional disconnect for me. I think Abramson is a great writer, but that she's a great article writer. It felt to me like she was presenting the facts, as you would in a news article. The emotional connection, even when she was talking about how she felt, seemed to be lacking.

The story itself is pretty good and I liked getting to know Scout. He is...more
Autumn Blues Reviews
An enchanting tale of the trials, tribulations and joys of raising a puppy.

In The Puppy Diaries you meet and get to tag along with the author Jill and her husband Henry as they raise their beautiful dog named Scout from puppy through early adulthood. Their story begins with their introduction of Buddy a feisty Westie, Jill's first dog. Scout however joined the Abramson's later in their life after they had raised their children and became empty-nesters. The story of Buddy left me teary eyed, as a...more
Leslie
After looking forward to this book for a very long time, I have to say that it was quite a letdown.

Okay, shame on me for thinking it was a memoir. While it partly was, it was also was supposedly a "how to" sort of book. Unfortunately, it really was neither. The only reason I finished reading it was because I thought the dog was great. The writer...not so much. And I have a healthy appreciation for what she has accomplished.

Journalistic research was not what I expected, but there was plenty. Too...more
Amanda (Amanda's Weekly Zen)
Ever since my husband and I adopted our now 10 year old border collie Maverick from the Humane Society I have had a special place in my heart for stories about dogs, memoirs about the ways that dogs have changed people’s lives… pretty anything having to do with dogs, any type of dog. This year alone I have read a few dog memoirs and thoroughly enjoyed the stories shared by my fellow dog parents out there. When I given the book The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout for review I was thrille...more
Megan Palasik
I listened to this as an audio book, so my opinion of my experience may be different from other readers.

The woman who read this book did a good job. She was easy to understand and not distracting, however, occasionally there was a slight "clicking" sound in the background when she was talking that was distracting to me - as if she had some built up saliva making noises in the back of her mouth/throat. I'm not sure if others would hear this and be bothered.

This book was part memoir and part thing...more
Dan
Reading about Scout while waiting for Murphy
I’m a cohort of author Jill Abramson, that is I qualify as an ABBD, “Aging Baby Boomer w/ Dog,” or let me qualify that even further, I’m an aging baby boomer about to be with dog.

Murphy, the cutest little caramel colored Labradoodle ever, was born on March 6, 2012. I wish I could show you a picture. He’ll graduate from puppy boot camp and join the family (my wife and me) when he’s about ten weeks old.

As you can well imagine I read with rapt interest Ab...more
Jgrace
The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout – J. Abramson
Audio version read by B.Macdonald

In 2009, I began to follow a series of articles written by New York Times editor, Jill Abramson. She was sharing the joys and traumas of her newest acquisition, a golden retriever puppy named Scout. I missed some of the articles, but I did contribute a picture of one of our dogs to the website photo album. It turned out to be the most visited photo album of the Times website that year. It is not surprisi...more
Skye
The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout, by Jill Abramson, 2011, Henry Holt and Company, $22, 242 pp

Whoever said, “You can’t tell a book by its cover” was right! The Puppy Diaries has an adorable white (platinum blonde) golden retriever puppy on the cover: the book inside, however, does not quite measure up to the promise on the outside.

Abramson, an editor at The New York Times, had an incredibly successful column on the paper’s website about her first year of living with Scout, her puppy n...more
Ben
Books about dogs are quickly becoming my new favorite genre, specifically those that tell the story of a dog and its owner. I love Marley & Me, and now with my own Bagle Hound Memphis, I've been trying to read more like it. Add to that the Creative Non-Fiction class I took last semester for fun, and I've been writing my own Dog Narratives. That's what I'm calling stories like Jill Abramson and her British standard golden retriever Scout's. And all in all, I enjoyed it.

Interested as I am in t...more
Nancy
I enjoyed this book. I have never had a dog as a pet, but I enjoy other peoples dogs. Jill starts out relating how close she and her husband were to their dog Buddy. Buddy had congestive heart failure, and they had him put to sleep. That was a sad time for them, and it brought up memories of having to do the same thing for our 17 year old cat, Neil. People told them to get another puppy, but Jill just couldn't do it for two years. She wrote a diary about their life with Scout. They named their p...more
Kayla Allgyer
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“The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout”
By: Jill Abramson
The following is a summary of this book. The main characters in this book are the narrator/ author, Henry her husband, and their new dog named Scout. While there are many other characters in this book these are the most important ones. The story takes place in a combination of the author’s homes in Connecticut and Manhattan. This is a little troublesome trying to take care of a new puppy and l...more
April
THE PUPPY DIARIES: RAISING A DOG NAMED SCOUT by Jill Abramson read by Beth MacDonald is an interesting audio book that chronicles a puppy’s first year. It is an instructive story of Scout,the adorable new puppy of Jill Abranson and her husband. It is told with clarity and details. While, this story did not capture my attention,at times rather slow,if you enjoy puppy stories and their owners you would enjoy this one. It give the account of the trials and joys of raising young Scout with insight i...more
Rosemarie
For dog lovers and owners, this is a lively and mildly amusing account of a pair of professional empty nesters who purchase and raise a golden retriever. While Scout is the perfect dog for their country place in Connecticut, her exuberance and energy prove a little more problematic in a loft apartment in New Your City.

There are anguished comparisons of doggy day care facilities, training systems, the best dog parks in the city (some too snooty, some too dirty), various organic diets, and the ex...more
Amy
More of a puppy manual than a "puppy diary". Most of the book is a how to and product and training style endorsement. My biggest complaint - Abramson tries way too hard to be politically correct in endorsing or justifying myraid types of behavior training, buying a puppy vs. adopting, and even dog food. Fine for the first time dog owner, but I grew weary very fast of reading a "how to book" from a relatively novice and clearly clueless dog owner. Don't let the cute photo of Scout draw you in. Wo...more
Leigh
Ms Abramson seems to lead a surprisingly normal life for someone who holds as high and important a position as she does at the New York Times. And I did not pick up vibes of her being a workaholic, which was a pleasant surprise.
These factors above seem admirable. However, I cannot forgive Jill and her husband Henry for getting their dog Scout from a breeder rather than from a shelter. She even talks about how there are plenty of dogs of the breed she wants in the shelters. But she and her husban...more
Wendy
I received this as a gift because we recently adopted a golden retriever from a shelter and his name is Scout! I liked it fairly well, and thought it was pretty cute. I would like to have read more about all the naughty things the puppy did because I could definitely relate to that. :-) It's not really a training manual either as some reviews have said, the author told what worked for them, and I think every dog owner will find something different. For example, the author did not like the Gentle...more
Janie
Those who like to read books about dogs, (think Marley and Me) will love this newest addition to the market. The author tells her story of deciding to adopt a new member of the family despite or due to the empty nest that she and her husband find themselves in. Both she and her husband are fully employed, and she does a great job both informing and amusing the reader to the time constraints, perils and often pitfalls of raising a puppy. From chewing, to jumping, to pulling the leash the reader i...more
Mary (BookHounds)
As any dog lover will tell you, they don't live long enough. When Jill Abramson loses her beloved terrier, Buddy, she waits and then finds a breed she thinks will be a perfect fit. She finds an Golden Retriever that steals her heart and brings him home. Scout is pure puppy, with quirks and needs that any dog owner forgets about when there dogs are older. Much like children, puppies need a lot of guidance and training. The story Abramson tells about Scout is humorous mixed with some great factual...more
Suzanne
I received this book through Early Reviewers on Library Things.

Dogs were part of my life while growing up. Scout,named after the girl in To Kill A Mockingbird, is an interesting addition to the authors' family and we read what's it like during her first year. It's as if the dog and the owners grow up at the same time. I didn't care to read 3 pages of the food they found her to eat or the various toys that she played with. I skimmed over those pages.
My mom has a dog(Pomeranian)and he's in his se...more
Christie Bane
This book is... okay. That's all. I read a ton of dog books and they really have to stand out for me to think they're more than just OK. To summarize: empty nest couple gets an English golden retriever puppy named Scout; woman writes about the first year raising her. The dog sounds like just an average dog. The author spends some time in the book worrying about whether she will ever love this puppy as much as she loved her previous dog, a Westie. Even though she claims to love Scout as much as t...more
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