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A Famous Dog's Life: The Story of Gidget, America's Most Beloved Chihuahua Paperback – May 3, 2011
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About the Author
Rennie Dyball is a People magazine writer and co-author of Christian Siriano's Fierce Style. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
The book is primarily about Gidget - the little Chihuahua that went on to become The Taco Bell Dog - a pop culture icon in the United States in the late 90's.
Following her time line from the day I got her from a local breeder until the sad day when she passed away, it also features stories about my life as animal trainer working in Hollywood on commercial, television and film sets.
In September 2014 Animal Stars is released which I contributed to along with many of Hollywoods animal trainers for film and television.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm a little more in tune now, thanks to this book, by Sue Chipperton and Rennie Dyball, which was a good read and an education for me. Chipperton trains dogs--and other animals--for television commercials and movies and the Taco Bell dog, whose real name was Gidget, lived with Chipperton so the story is not only about Gidget's role in commercials and movies, but their life together. Thus, we learn how and where they traveled, how they lived on the road and how Gidget--and other animals trained by Chipperton and friends--met a long list of movie stars, including my favorite Clint Eastwood.
As a freelance photographer, I learned a couple of things that might come in handy should someone ever ask me to shoot a portrait of their dog or cat. It all comes down to associating a desired behavior with a desired sound--and then a treat. That works on me, too.
Chipperton thanks Dyball for "suffering through my edits," and I must commend Dyball, a former student of mine, for maintaining Chipperton's voice throughout. It's the mark of a good editor to let the right voice through, and in this book, the voice is true and consistent.
Sometimes people think that working dogs don't have a good life but this book proves just the opposite.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived quickly and there was no damage during shipping. Was happy for that because the book is a gift for my daughter.Published 5 months ago by STM
This book is really a great dog behavior/ training book hidden in a fabulous story of an iconic little dog and her wonderful trainer, Sue Chipperton. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sonja K. Nordstrom
Fun little read that is more about the life of the trainer in her training pursuits than Gidget, but it did cover Gidget's life. Read morePublished 23 months ago by shy di
Being a Chihuahua lover I was curious about the story behind the Taco Bell dog. What I got from the book was more than just a simple story. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Jesslan Rose
I loved her the moment I first saw her work product! She is/was the star of all those great Taco Bell commercials. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Judy
I love to read about dogs and how they get to be who and what they are. I used to love the Taco Bell adsPublished on January 19, 2013 by Sandy Romer
If you ever wondered about the cute Taco Bell Chihuahua then wonder no more. This is an insightful and thoughtful look into dogs in commercials, how they got there, and the ins... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by chinana
What a great view into the motivation, relationship and care of animal 'stars' via their trainers. A loving tribute to the Taco Bell Dog, Gidget, as well as all the other dogs and... Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Carla Carlson
Oh you sweet chihuahua.....I have 11 of you at my home. You were the inspiration.
May you rest in Peace and in Gods arms.