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The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  637 Ratings  ·  149 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 websit
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Times Books (first published September 1st 2011)
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Oct 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, dogs, memoir
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
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, dogs
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
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 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 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Monika Kelemen
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club-a2a
I'm admittedly more of a cat person, but when my book club picked this title, I figured I was in for an entertaining read. My friend constantly entertains me with her puppy's mischievous shenanigans, so I was expecting a lot of sticky situations and embarrassing moments. Somehow though, the author manages to make this a mindnumbingly dull read and is herself an utterly unrelatable narrator. She tries to poke fun at the ridiculous expense some people incur to cater to their dogs, then does it her ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a great big sucker for a warm and tender animal story. This is no exception. The story of a lovely blonde golden retriever dog from meeting with the breeders and over one year old. What a cute little spirit of a dog. I laughed and laughed, and wanted to hug and pet him so much I could hardly stand it. His name is Scout and a precious dog he is. Not to say he was perfect, cause he wasn't. They had to work with him in training a lot, but he worked through some good trials that helped to make h ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I listened to this while exercising. It was light and cute. I could relate to the chewing and pulling. The author certainly had more resources than the average person. The story was also about her grieving for her previous dog and how it takes time for the new dog fill the void in their own unique way.
Hope Irvin Marston
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A delightful dog biography with lots of information on raising a puppy when you consider it as an integral part of your life.
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
4.5 Stars. I listened to this book while driving. It was exactly what I expected from a book called the puppy diaries: cute, insightful, and touching.
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dogs, non-fiction
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
Orbs n Rings
Dec 06, 2011 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 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 rated it really liked it
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
Kayla Allgyer
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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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 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 05, 2015 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
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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