Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Book Review: A Famous Dog's Life

We were so very honored to be asked to review A Famous Dog's Life by Sue Chipperton and Rennie Dyball, with a forward by Reese Witherspoon. The famous dog in question is Gidget, a canine actress best known for playing the Taco Bell Chihuahua in the famously successful advertising campaign.


Gidget's biographer, Sue Chipperton, was her trainer and companion throughout Gidget's life. Ms. Chipperton's story is pretty interesting, too, as you can imagine. She's trained a LOT of four leggers and also some no leggers. The path that led her to discover Gidget began in her native England, then took her to Florida, where she trained dolphins (she started as a fish gutter) at Ocean World and finally California and Studio Animal Services. The rest, as they say, is history:





Along with Gidget's personal and professional story there are lots of behind the scenes looks at life in the world of animal actors.  You won't find much in the way of smut or scandal, though. No drug or alcohol abuse or debauchery of any sort really. (Maybe human performers would do better if the American Humane Association was looking out for them, too.) If you're looking for that sort of tell-all, Hollywood exposĂ© sort of thing, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. However, if you are at all an animal lover - and we know you are - this very well written book belongs on your reading list.

More information, including ordering links available at AFamousDogsLife.com. Go. Fetch.. You won't be sorry.

15 comments:

  1. Lola, you are very well suited for these kinds of reviews. I think maybe you should take it up full time. Maybe start writing for the New York Times Book Review - wouldn't that be something! This sounds like a good read and we will add it to our list.

    Your pal, Pip

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  2. very cool..wonder if they would like to trin us to act
    Benny & Lily

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  3. Do you think it's possible this Gidget could be more famous than us dogs with blogs? Nah! I admit, I'm curious and I might just have to look for this one!

    Bunny

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  4. It sounds like a real good book, I may look for it when I'm at a bookstore!

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  5. Will add it to the list.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

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  6. Woof! Woof! Golden Thanks for this review ... mom says she will look it up and add to her summer reading. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  7. Sounds like an interesting read - thanks for sharing our thoughts.

    Hope you are all doing well and have a great weekend.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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  8. Now this was an exciting Book Review!! I agree with Pip... You should submit to NY Times.
    AND I also agree with BUNNY.. How could these TV dawgs be more FAMOUS... than the Wonderful Residents of BLOGVILLE?

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  9. Looks great! I always need another book for my library!

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  10. I think I should be famous...
    -Corbin

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  11. We'll put this one on the list! We LOOOOOVE those commercials! Thanks for sharing this!

    The Road Dogs

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  12. Oh good an all tell book about Gidget and the world of animal actors!
    ( I always thought the Taco Bell dog was a boy! Oh well!)

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  13. miss lola!

    thankies for the book informational! it does sound like a funsies read! my one question, though...if miss gidget is a girl doggie, then why did they make her sound like a boy doggie in all her taco bell commercials? that doesn't seem fair!

    *woof*
    the booker man

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  14. I really enjoyed reading your review and the facts about Gidget. I always love her on the Taco Bell commercials.
    Madi and Mom

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  15. nooooo, miss lola! really?? me and asa and mama did NOT know that miss lassie was played by a boy doggie! we feel the conflictions about that.

    *woof*
    the booker man

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