The Puppy Diaries’ Raising a dog named Scout, by Jill Abramson
Abramson is a New York Times editor and her writing reflects this. It isn’t overblown and sentimental, so when I tell you that I teared up several times, you’ll know that she really gets to the heart of what it means to love a dog! I didn’t want to read a book about someone who had lost a dog, because I can’t really enjoy it if I know the dog is going to die in the end. (Marley and Me – great book, but so sad!) This one seemed safe because it was about Scout’s first year of life – not her last! However, if you don’t want to know about Jill’s previous dog, skip that chapter! Scout is a pure bred golden retriever, but so many of the things you learn about dogs and their behavior apply to any dog – even my pug/terrier mix shelter dog. Abramson shares her research on food, training, exercise, grooming, socialization and offers her opinions on the best methods and systems…..everything from puppy treats to leashes. Scout isn’t a perfect dog, but she is loved and loving. You forgive her faults, and she forgives yours! Recommended for dog lovers and for people who are considering adding a puppy to their household. Abramson really tells it like it is!