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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.
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 11 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 on March 2, 2014 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 on March 2, 2014 by shy di
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
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.
Gidget was a beautiful spirit and dog. Sue does a great job of portraying the life of the little superstar. Read morePublished on May 23, 2012 by Sharon Trylovich