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The Dog Diet, A Memoir: What My Dog Taught Me About Shedding Pounds, Licking Stress and Getting a New Leash on Life Hardcover – April 11, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (April 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757303943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757303944
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,311,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Attorney Lawson was depressed. She was overweight but sick of dieting, successful in her career but tired of being lonely. All that changed when she adopted Sadie, a homeless puppy, and redesigned her life to keep up with her new ever-hungry, ever-energetic friend. Without meaning to, she lost eight pounds. Analyzing her experience, Lawson realized she'd actually invented a successful "dog diet." Since Sadie grabbed any vaguely appetizing food, Lawson had switched from savory snacks and pizza to foods the dog didn't want, like cottage cheese and black bean tortilla wraps. She'd given up her chocolate addiction—bad for dogs—and alcohol, too, since walking the dog with a hangover was not appealing. Sadie also became Lawson's personal trainer, taking her on long daily walks and other forms of "Dogercise." Lawson's adopted dog accomplished what tens of thousands of dollars worth of diets, spas and exercise machines failed to do; Sadie helped Lawson lose weight and feel better about her life. Although this starts out as a cute diet book, it ends as a book for dog-obsessives, as Sadie and Lawson sit down for sparkling water toasts to their new life together. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Award winning author Patti Lawson is a trial attorney and journalist. She is a frequent contributor to the Charleston Gazette and other publications. She writes a column titled 'DOGS…DIETS...DATING,' which appears in the Charleston Sunday Gazette/Mail. The author is also an accomplished public speaker and has presented numerous seminars to civic and women's groups on a variety of topics. She and her dog Sadie are very involved in fundraising events for shelter dogs.

More About the Author

I am a lucky lady living in Charleston, WV with my wonderful dog Sadie. I am an attorney and a writer. I write a fun column titled DOGS...DIETS...DATING for the Charleston Gazette and Sadie and I will be happy to answer any questions you send us in our column. I love to travel and garden and the ocean is my ultimate destination. THE DOG DIET s my first book and it was fun to write and I plan two more books in the series. Sadie changed my life and the book is not only the story of our wonderful first year together, but a great source of information for pet lovers to find out how to get fit with your dog and enjoy your life a lot more! You will laugh at us...and at yourself while reading it! If your dog is a member of your family...you will completely relate to THE DOG DIET!

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I found myself smiling and laughing while reading it.
Donald Smith
As most dogs do, Sadie changed Patti's life for the better and helped her lose the weight in a fun and healthful way.
A reader from Los Angeles
I shared with him what I had been reading and highly recommended it to him.
Bonnie Lane

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joy Casey on June 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! I really enjoyed reading it and I got some great dieting ideas (and life perspectives). For example, I am now implementing her idea of having a salad box. Actually, I have two of them that are about the size of shoeboxes that I bought for $1 each at the 99cent store.

Now, as soon as I buy my salad veggies, I clean them, chop or remove whatever leaves I need to, and put them in the salad boxes with a paper towel on top...and turn the box upside down (to let the extra moisture go into the paper towel).

Since I eat salads (with sprouts) every day, this has really helped me save time. Also, I find that I am throwing out less wilted lettuce and spinach or other salad veggies. So I am not wasting food and I am saving money.

This sweet book also shows how important animals can be in our lives...and that instead of complaining about having to clean up after them or take care of them...to realize...amoung other things...that you are burning more calories taking care of your pets...ha!

Thanks Patti for your inspiring book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Long Island Momma on July 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This a very cute book regarding a professional woman who after two bad relationships decides to get a dog. She adopts a dog from a shelter and it really changes her life for the better. The author tells how the dog helped her lose weight, by changing her eating habits and making her exercise more. The dog not only helps her lose weight, but also lose weight in a fun manner. The author has a very humorous style of writing. I found this book very enjoyable to read and I highly recommend it. Besides for a humorous read, this book also has some good diet and exercise tips.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sean Davis on July 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
After hearing an interview on the radio with Patti Lawson, I bought this book. The book showcased every bit of the wit and bubbly personality that I heard on the radio. Not only is the book funny, but her plan makes sense and it is easy to put into practice. What is more important is that it is REAL. If it worked for her, then it was worth a try for me. My dog goes crazy at the word "walk" and, at my house, that was a forbidden word to say - sometimes my wife and I would just spell it so the dog didn't hear and so we weren't "forced" to have to take him for a walk. However, since reading the book, I say the word "walk" much more frequently. This makes for a happier dog and a happier me. Now that I have started to enjoy the walks and the fresh air and the increased energy, I started to want to make positive changes to my life -such as my eating habits and my attitude. This book made me realize that my dog was more than just a pet, but that he could be a positive influence and role model in my life too. Thanks Patti!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A reader from Los Angeles on April 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This clever title caught my attention at the bookstore. When I flipped through the pages, I thought it looked like something I might enjoy since it was a story and not a diet plan, and some of the author's problems were ones I struggled with. Since it also came with innovative diet tips and recipes that seemed very easy to follow, I bought the book, and I'm very glad I did. It was all I hoped for and more. This is not an ordinary impersonal diet book loaded with science, chemistry, and a strict eating plan. It's a heartwarming and well-written story of how a woman who struggled with weight loss in the past found a way to lose weight without even trying, helped a rescue dog escape a horrible fate, and found a friend for life. Patti and Sadie had a rough start to their relationship but things got better and the pounds came off Patti with minimal effort as she walked and played with Sadie, and tried to find things to eat that Sadie wouldn't beg for. As most dogs do, Sadie changed Patti's life for the better and helped her lose the weight in a fun and healthful way. The salad box is a brilliant and time-saving idea and one I immediately adopted. Congratulations to Patti and Sadie for their accomplishments. This is a book that will help pets and their owners get in shape and live long and healthy lives together.
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Format: Hardcover
My best friend had recommended that I pick up a copy of this book. I had planned on picking up a copy of The Dog Diet shortly after it went on sale. I managed to find Patti's website and decided that I really wanted to see Patti and Sadie if I had a chance and pick up a signed copy. I managed to attend an event in Hurricane, WV. It was a fundraiser for the local dog shelter. Patti was supporting the shelter that helped her adopt Sadie. Giving back to those who helped her meet her best friend.

I am not an avid reader but couldn't seem to put this book down. It is a very enjoyable read. I found myself smiling and laughing while reading it. All of the situations that Patti discusses have happened to pet owners at one time or another. In this case, she has put those funny things in writing. Some of the situations will having you saying to yourself "all you need to do is". Patti and Sadie find their way and grow closer everyday through their journey.

When I reached the end of the book I was disappointed knowing that I would have to wait for a while before Patti releases another book. Enjoy everyday you live. Don't let the multitasking world we live in prevent you from seeing the beauty around you. As she says "lighten up". If you are a pet owner, your pet will enjoy the company and exercise. If you are not a pet owner and are thinking about owning one, visit the shelter and save a dogs life. He or she will be forever grateful to you once they have trained you properly.
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