Puppy Diaries, The
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 webs...more
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
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
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
There's lots of jaw-dropping anecdotes about rich Manhattan dog owners (doggie hospice?! Indoor Swimming pools for dogs....more
The story itself is pretty good and I liked getting to know Scout. He is...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Interested as I am in t...more
“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
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
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
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
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