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Puppy Diaries, The

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  569 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews

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 web

ebook, 288 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Holt, Henry & Company, Inc. (first published September 1st 2011)
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Oct 21, 2011 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dreck, how-to, dogs
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
Bark's Book Nonsense
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
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.
Megan Burback
Nov 30, 2014 Megan Burback rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars, memoir
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
Apr 16, 2016 Stefanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Given my love of dogs (and dog stories that end with the dog still alive), I would have thought I would have loved this book. Alas, it was not to be. What I didn't like about it boiled down to one thing: Please don't act like you're "jes' folks" when you're really extraordinarily privileged. The gesture may be well-meaning, but it's condescending. Given the author's and her husband's careers, their multiple homes in pricey locales, and their ability for one of them to jet clear across the countr ...more
Feb 28, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 16, 2011 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-rescue, dogs
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
Feb 23, 2014 Kirsti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zézinha Rosado
ESte livro pode considerar-se mais um "documentário" do que um livro, pois descreve de fio a pavio todas as aventuras e desventuras da perda de um cão, companheiro de muitos anos, e a aquisição de uma nova cachorra.
É um livro bonito, com conselhos úteis que eu, dona de 4 cães, achei muito interessantes.
Não é que seja uma obra que nos deixe de "boca aberta", mas o livro é ternurento... muitas vezes dei por mim a sorrir ao ler as tropelias que a cadela Scout fazia, pois já tenho passado por situaç
Doriana Bisegna
Feb 10, 2013 Doriana Bisegna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 17, 2016 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I much enjoyed this honest, heartfelt glimpse into the love and companionship a dog provides us. Jill Abramson first shares the years and close friendship she experienced with her little Westie, Buddy, and how empty her home and heart were when she lost him. With reluctance and time, she agreed to look at Golden puppies and soon began the puppy diary of a year raising a high energy, intelligent, amazing dog named Scout. I could relate to every part of this story and was most interested to hear h ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir, dogs
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
Misty Melsheimer
I'd give this book 2 1/2 stars. As the executive editor of the New York Times, and having had a wildly popular column about her puppy, I expected superb storytelling skills from Jill Abramson. The book was perfectly adequate with a few amusing anecdotes, but overall I found it to be pretty bland. There was nothing to make it noteworthy or memorable. Having a 7 month puppy myself, I know firsthand there is plenty of material for a laugh out loud and touching book. The Puppy Diaries, however, didn ...more
Autumn Blues Reviews
Dec 07, 2011 Autumn Blues Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Aug 12, 2013 Skye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 28, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Feb 15, 2015 Skye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dog
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 online column about her first year with Puppy Scout, named after the sprite in the classic, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

Perhaps the periodic web updates during Scout’s first year
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
Nov 22, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard not to like a book with a cute little Golden Retriever on the front. I don't think Abramson told dog lovers anything new with this book, but in sharing her story of Scout's first year, she reminded us of the efforts it takes to bring a new pet into the family, particularly when the family is still mourning the loss of a longtime companion, and how there are many opinions out there on how to raise the dog, but it is really up to each owner to figure out what works best with a particular dog. ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Encruzilhadas Literárias
É raro pegar em livros com histórias verídicas. Não se trata de não gostar mas sim de uma preferência por mundos fantasiosos e de mais difícil alcance. Deve ser por isso quando pego numa história como a de Jill e Sout existe uma certa resistência em mim para começar a leitura que acaba por se desvanecer na página 10 se a história estiver bem escrita.
Jill Abramson trabalha no The New York Times é por isso fácil de imaginar que a sua escrita é interessante e de fácil compreensão e, mais do que a h
Jun 23, 2013 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Defoy
Sep 07, 2016 Jennifer Defoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
I bought this for cheap at Barnes and Noble - I'm always up for a quick, easy read about puppies. I had a correct assumption.

Abramson's epilogue actually seemed to summarize my feelings about this book pretty well. I was thoroughly annoyed at the distance that Abramson's class created between us. She makes enough money to have two houses, spend thousands of dollars, and talk to/interview/hire top notch animals behaviorists/trainers/etc. Her economic status made it difficult to take her issues se
Daniel Fok
Jan 10, 2014 Daniel Fok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, pets
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
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
Jul 16, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2011 April rated it liked it
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
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