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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

Sue Chipperton started her career in Florida working with dolphins, and has been a studio animal trainer for nearly two decades.

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.
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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451233093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451233097
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My name is Sue Chipperton, I am the co-author of A Famous Dogs Life - which is due to be released in North America May 3rd 2011.

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.

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When I took my copy of A Famous Dog's Life into the exam room at my doctor's in New Mexico, her nurse looked at the cover and asked: Is that the Taco Bell dog? Chihuahuas are everywhere in my neighborhood and I can't tell one from the other.

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.
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It was so much fun to learn what goes on behind the scenes of working dogs. I loved hearing about Gidget's real life and all of the stories that went along with it!!! Anyone who loves dogs, the entertainment industry or the "Taco Bell Dog" will really appreciate this book.

Sometimes people think that working dogs don't have a good life but this book proves just the opposite.
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Sue details her life as an animal trainer telling the wonderful story of Gidget, the Taco Bell dog, as well as many other animals she has trained for movies, tv and commercials. She has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Clint Eastwood, to name a few. Sue is respected for her work and talent and the ability to bring out the best in the animals she is training. Filled with amusing anecdotes, as well as training advise, it is a must read!
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This book is a must read for any dog lovers out there. It is an engaging story of the FAMOUS Taco Bell Dog, Gidget. Beyond that, it is filled with funny behind the scenes stories of being on a Hollywood set, training tips for you and your pooch, and the wonderful bond between dog and owner. You will not be able to put it down. Gidget's story (and Sue's) will win your heart.
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This was an AMAZING book for anyone who loves dogs or is interested in how they train animals for movies! The personal stories of Sue and her dogs are masterfully interwoven with interesting information about dog training. I couldn't put it down! I feel like I've suddenly become very aware of every animal I see in movies or on TV and how they do what they do. It was such a cool story and I absolutely loved it!
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From the first page, the whimsical tale of Sue and Gidget drew me in! The book really kept me entertained, and it was incredible to learn the behind the scenes animal secrets! A must read for all animal lovers
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Great book. I dont own a dog but after reading this book, I want to own one. So cute and so neat to learn how they train the cute animals. Good book for a summer read and animal lovers!
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I'll preface this by saying I'm not a "dog person" and I'm not big into celebrity stories. However, to this day I think that the Taco Bell commercials with Gidget are hysterical, so I gave "A Famous Dog's Life" a shot. I sat down to read it after work and did not put it down until I finished it that same night. It is a tremendously well-written, engaging, heart-warming, and genuinely fun story. I was completely drawn into Sue's dog-training methods and how much these small stars truly love to work. This book provides an incredible look into how Hollywood's animal stars do what they do. You are going to love this book!
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