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

The Puppy Diaries | Elizabeth Taber LibraryReview by Leslie Brown

Abramson joins the ranks of memoirists who have paid homage to humankind’s best friend.

Bereft after losing her longtime terrier, Buddy, Abramson is apprehensive about taking on another dog, let alone a large English golden retriever.

However, apprehension soon gives way to adoration as the author and her husband raise the beautiful pup at their country home in Connecticut and, far more challenging, in their apartment in New York City. Scout, named after the heroine of To Kill A Mockingbird, becomes “the delight of our lives.”

The charm of dealing with the new family member while these two negotiate middle age and the empty nest provides the narrative of the book, while the solid research the author has done to accommodate Scout’s puppy issues is useful as the side story or how-to manual.

That Abramson is the executive editor of the New York Times adds considerable clout.

That said, a professional at this level should ease off the narrative, or telling, a bit and show us, with more concrete specifics, about the ups and downs of training and coming to love a new pet.