Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
A Famous Dog's Life: The ... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Like New
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

A Famous Dog's Life: The Story of Gidget, America's Most Beloved Chihuahua Paperback – May 3, 2011

4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$15.29
$1.18 $0.01

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$15.29 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover


Editorial Reviews

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.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,287,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By R. Thomas Berner on May 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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 and outs of that business. If you love dogs then this is a story worth the read. Ordered it for my Kindle, received it immediately without incident. Thanks Kindle.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bought this for daughter in law for Christmas because she has two chihuahuas so I knew she'd like it and she did. I found out my grand daughter was already reading it and had one herself but they were fighting over it so now they each have their own.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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. It also has stories about other show biz animals and up close looks at how it works behind the scenes in the movie business. Definitely worth reading!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just don't understand the rating. I bought the book based on the rating of 5 stars. I couldn't finish the book I was so bored with it. The author repeated herself many times through out half the book that I read. I couldn't continue reading.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

A Famous Dog's Life: The Story of Gidget, America's Most Beloved Chihuahua
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: A Famous Dog's Life: The Story of Gidget, America's Most Beloved Chihuahua
Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: dogs 101