The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout by Jill Abramson

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 website about the joys and challenges of training this rambunctious addition to their family. Dog-lovers from across the country inundated her with e-mails and letters, and the photos they sent in of their own dogs became the most visited photo album on the Times’s site in 2009.

Now Abramson has gone far beyond the material in her column and written a detailed and deeply personal account of Scout’s first year. Part memoir, part manual, part investigative report, The Puppy Diaries continues Abramson’s intrepid reporting on all things canine. Along the way, she weighs in on such issues as breeders or shelters, adoption or rescue, raw diet or vegan, pack-leader gurus like Cesar Millan or positive-reinforcement advocates like Karen Pryor.

What should you expect when a new puppy enters your life? With utterly winning stories and a wealth of practical information, The Puppy Diaries provides an essential road map for navigating the first year of your dog’s life.

Click here to browse inside.

Author photo courtesy of Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
Jill Abramson, a bestselling and award-winning author, has just been appointed Executive Editor of the New York Times, the first woman to lead the paper in its history. An unabashed dog-lover, she has long been fascinated by the complex relationship between dogs and their owners. She, her husband, and Scout live in New York City and Connecticut.

Jill Abramson: ‘The Puppy Diaries’


Jill Abramson, managing editor of The New York Times, has written ‘The Puppy Diaries’, a book about raising her dog Scout.

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