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Living a Dog's Life, Jazzy, Juicy, and Me Hardcover – March 7, 2006

3.9 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Adams, gossip columnist for the New York Post and author of The Gift of Jazzy, would like everyone to know that she doesn't need a man. After all, she has her Yorkshire terriers. They—Juicy and Jazzy Junior—dominate her life, and she loves them for it. Repeatedly, they teach Adams that "life is good," and she often relays this truism to the reader. Life indeed may be too good to fritter even a few hours on this throwaway read. As in her column, Adams writes in a fast, talkative style, dropping names, telling tales and returning again and again to the better companion dilemma: man vs. dog. The gist is this: the dogs are cute, they love her, she loves them, everyone loves them, she knows famous people, the dogs embarrass her in front of famous people, she loves them more, men approach, men retreat, she loves them even more. Repeat. Although Adams is genuinely heartfelt about her dogs—especially about the death of Jazzy, the star of her last book—240 pages is an awfully long love letter. Adams's fans, Yorkie-philes and celebrity gossip junkies may glean a bit of frivolous fun. Anyone else will likely feel they've been suckered into yet another empty sequel. (Mar.)
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"Cindy Adams' love affair with her Jazzy and Juicy warms the heart and makes one smile. If I were a pup, I would wag my tail." -Barbara Walters

"For anyone who loves dogs, this book is a must read, an absolute joy." -Liza Minnelli

"Cindy made me laugh and yes, cry, as she chronicled the saga of Jazzy and Juicy, revealing the extraordinary love between humans and their four-legged children. A hilarious, heartbreaking read for those who know that these creatures are really little angels sent down to fill our lives with love and joy." -Catherine Crier, former judge, bestselling author, Court TV host, AND parent to six dogs and four horses

"Cindy's observations are hysterically funny with a lot of humanity and charm. She writes the way she speaks; a very rare gift. Her unique New York brand of humor comes through brilliantly and is a treat for every reader of this book." -Susan Lucci

"You might remember that Cindy Adams is a terrific writer, and in this book you feel the passion of someone pouring forth all the love in her heart for that amazing wonder of nature, the dog. Which is a good thing, because she sure doesn't waste it on humans!" -Dog Lover Bill Maher
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (March 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312323778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312323776
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,157,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Freda E. Anderson on April 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
After reading Cindy Adams' prior book about Jazzy, I was thrilled to see she had written this second book. It started a little slow but then lived up to my expectations as being funny, serious and sad. It was also exciting meeting celebrities through Cindy Adams and seeing a more personal side of them. Animal lovers will love this book.
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...Kind of a bit excessive? I generally enjoy all kinds of dog books, but this one just kept leaving me with an impression of how much Cindy Adams seems to love "spoiling" her dogs than anything else.
I've been a dog owner for many years with all kinds of breeds. My family members work for veterinary clinics, so please don't assume I'm just not a dog person. I love dogs to death and couldn't imagine living without one. But I guess we're just different kinds of owners. I can't really relate to taking my dog out to 4 star restaurants, spa's, etc... It made me think if all that was really necessary for the dog to have. I mean, really---Is all of that essential for a dog's life?

I enjoyed other dog books where they would take their dogs out hiking, dog beaches, describe their behavior process going through a change (example=moving to a new country/house). Not some kind of routine pampering going on.

So I guess if you're kind of like me, where you love your dogs to death but don't have to spoil them to show it, I wouldn't really recommend this book due to having different tastes/views on dogs.

But other than that, this book did make me laugh on some parts... It's hard to take seriously, but then that just might be the beauty of it. It's light hearted and definitely witty!
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I'm a Doggy-mom and have recently added a Yorkie to my Fur-baby Pack. I've been excited to read all the books I can that have a Yorkie as the subject matter or one of the main characters. Cindy Adams books are a fun read for many reasons. They're a light, easy read and are chocked full of tidbits of New York Society that I can only experience vicariously. She's lead an exciting life and she's a good writer. You only have to read a few pages to realize how very much she loves her dogs. The section dedicated to the traumatic death of Jazzy was one of the most touching passages I've read. Her narrative of the events was so descriptive that I felt the pain of loss along with her. Though her books may not appeal to everyone, in my opinion they are a must-read for anyone who has surrendered their hearts to a Yorkie.
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Cindy Adams is honest, caring, and humorous in writing about her two adorable pet dogs. This is simply a must read for all dog owners and lovers of the canine creatures.
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By SMS on November 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
When people tell me my dog is like family, I correct them and say, "No they are family". This is a wonderful continuation of Cindy's tale of dogs entering her life and the purpose they brought in so many ways. I totally relate to her when she talks about cooking dinner for her dog while she eats leftovers from the fridge. Animals are here for a purpose in our lives, to teach us humililty and kindness. They are truly angels in fur. Can't imagine not having a dog in my life, the world would be so blah.
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First of all, if you don't like little dogs or people who pamper and dress their dogs, this book isn't for you. Don't buy it; don't read it. Seriously. Don't say you weren't warned.

If you are a dog fanatic -- and especially if you like to dress them up, treat them like a member of the family, etc. -- you will love parts of this book. The book details how our dogs come to run our lives. We may not intend for it to happen, we may not want it to happen, but we let it happen and it does happen. And, in a certain sense, we like it.

If you're one of those people, you will smile as you read this book. There are some great stories, including bringing a new dog into the family, that ring absolutely true. And the writing is interesting and fast-paced.

What I didn't like was the constant name dropping. I'd never heard of the author until I read the book -- apparently she frequently meets with the rich & famous. Even so, it seems that every other page is about what famous person she whined to about this and what famous person her dog(s) didn't like and what famous person she took her dog to visit, and what famous person . . . you get the picture.

I guess it's her shtick. But for me it very much distracted from what was an otherwise enjoyable dog story.
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I loved the book and stories. However, you need to read her first book first. I stopped reading this one to read the other one and picked this one back up. I finished it in just days. I love my dogs immensely but I don't quite get to spoil them like she does. Our dogs love us unconditionally and I wouldn't have it any other way.
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i must say i have really enjoyed her two books i have read they are interesting and i love the topic it is so sad about the passing if her first jazzy really a great read
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