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Laugh-out-loud stories of canine antics from an American high-flying diplomat turned professional dog-sitter Aged 28, Eileen Riley had an enviably glamorous life; her globe-trotting career as a diplomat took her from the corridors of power at the White House to postings in Cameroon and Papua New Guinea, and finally, London—where she decided to give it all up to become Laugh-out-loud stories of canine antics from an American high-flying diplomat turned professional dog-sitter Aged 28, Eileen Riley had an enviably glamorous life; her globe-trotting career as a diplomat took her from the corridors of power at the White House to postings in Cameroon and Papua New Guinea, and finally, London—where she decided to give it all up to become a professional dog-sitter. But her diplomatic skills were to prove invaluable in her new career. Secrets of a Pet Nanny is a fabulous and very funny collection of tales about the dogs she has looked after, from pedigree puppies to rare Tibetan terriers. Riley is a true dog devotee, but that does not prevent her casting a caustic eye across her charges—and their devoted owners. Part dog memoir, part outsider’s perspective on the eternal relationship between dog-owners and their beloved canines, this is sure to appeal to animal-lovers of all stripes.


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Laugh-out-loud stories of canine antics from an American high-flying diplomat turned professional dog-sitter Aged 28, Eileen Riley had an enviably glamorous life; her globe-trotting career as a diplomat took her from the corridors of power at the White House to postings in Cameroon and Papua New Guinea, and finally, London—where she decided to give it all up to become Laugh-out-loud stories of canine antics from an American high-flying diplomat turned professional dog-sitter Aged 28, Eileen Riley had an enviably glamorous life; her globe-trotting career as a diplomat took her from the corridors of power at the White House to postings in Cameroon and Papua New Guinea, and finally, London—where she decided to give it all up to become a professional dog-sitter. But her diplomatic skills were to prove invaluable in her new career. Secrets of a Pet Nanny is a fabulous and very funny collection of tales about the dogs she has looked after, from pedigree puppies to rare Tibetan terriers. Riley is a true dog devotee, but that does not prevent her casting a caustic eye across her charges—and their devoted owners. Part dog memoir, part outsider’s perspective on the eternal relationship between dog-owners and their beloved canines, this is sure to appeal to animal-lovers of all stripes.

30 review for Secrets of a Pet Nanny: A Journey from the White House to the Dog House

  1. 5 out of 5

    La La

    This is another dog related nonfiction brag book. When the author wasn't bragging about her "look-what-I-did" careers that had nothing to do with being a pet nanny; actually a dog sitter because that was the only type of pet she "nannied", she was telling a bunch of "I guess you had to be there" stories about dogs. Now, I know Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry can tell those kind of family and close friends stories and make them entertaining, but this author cannot.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Incredibly cute book. It was an interesting journey to follow - from being a White House diplomat to a pet nanny in London. I loved learning about the different personalities that she watched. It made me want to meet them all and see what hijinks they got up to. A must read for any dog lover and for anyone who likes to read something nice.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nance Roepke

    The author can tell an amusing anecdote and that is the strength of the book. Unfortunately, one comes to expect amusing anecdotes in the gaps in between steam boring as a result. Her description of the dogs and some of the situations that arise are entertaining but there is no real sense of getting to know her or the animals. I wanted more.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joan Ehrnstein

    Laugh out loud funny! If you are someone who loves dogs, this book is a must read. As a dog lover I've owned many in my 74 years; every one of a different personality. As I read Secrets of a Pet Nanny, I was able to see each dog; some of Eileen's was made me laugh out because at one time I also owned a dog who looked like a small pony who was convinced he was a lap dog. 🐕

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jill Robbertze

    I have been a "professional" dog-walker (I call it a paying hobby !!) for almost 20 years, so I may be a little biased about this book but honestly if you love dogs you will really enjoy this little gem. I can totally identify with Eileen's experiences with all these wonderful dogs and interesting dog-parents !!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Gaskin

    For dog lovers Cute, quick read. Quite a few funny stories about her charges, and more than a few about misbehavior that would have me giving up this career before it bare!y began.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary Leverett

    An okay book, not the best I've read about dogs but certainly entertaining.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Porter

    Ugh I dislike small dogs. I also dislike smarmy, loose writing. This author seems to specify a preference for combining both.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I've never owned a dog, in fact I've always been a little bit wary of dogs. I was once bitten by a Corgi. Yes, I know, one of the smallest breeds, but it frightened the life out of me and made a real mess of my leg. I was ten years old and the very next day I went on a school trip to see how Police dogs are trained .... I was traumatised! I do love animals though, including dogs, and over the years I've got to know some lovely dogs. My favourite is a lovely little Jack Russell called Sally who s I've never owned a dog, in fact I've always been a little bit wary of dogs. I was once bitten by a Corgi. Yes, I know, one of the smallest breeds, but it frightened the life out of me and made a real mess of my leg. I was ten years old and the very next day I went on a school trip to see how Police dogs are trained .... I was traumatised! I do love animals though, including dogs, and over the years I've got to know some lovely dogs. My favourite is a lovely little Jack Russell called Sally who sadly is no longer with us, but she was a very special lady. Eileen Riley has always loved dogs and her passion shines through in this lovely memoir. Eileen changed career, quite drastically. She was once a diplomat, travelling the world to all sorts of exotic locations, dealing with people from all walks of life, but when she settled in London she gave it up and become a Pet Nanny. I'll admit that I didn't know such people existed before I read Eileen's book, but what a great service she and the other Nannies provide. Adoring dog owners can go off on their holidays and leave their bundle of joy in Eileen's capable hands, knowing that they will be safe and well cared for. The first couple of chapters are an introduction to Eileen and her previous career, and are followed by individual chapters about each of the dogs that have stayed in her home. Eileen has looked after almost every breed of dog that there is, from the tiniest ones who fit in the palm of her son's hand, to the huge beasts who seem to grow and grow. Each one of these doggy visitors have their own personalities, their own likes and dislikes, what not to do, and what you really must do when they stay in your house. Animal lovers will really enjoy this entertaining, well-written and lovingly written tale of life as a Pet Nanny. It would make a great gift, and is beautifully presented with each doggy chapter having a line drawing of the subject at the beginning.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    The summary was much better than the actual book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maria Perry

    If you've always wondered about Pet Sitting as a career... Wonderful look at what it entails and the perks you get if you could handle caring and loving the dogs...and giving them back to their owners when their stint with you is over.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Csitzlar

    Delightful! I love dogs .. all breeds, sizes, shapes, and colors. In fact, my husband and I currently have four .. of which three are rescues. This book first snagged me with the adorable pup on the cover and then the title. Once I began reading, between chuckles and "yup, I understand!" head nods, it was impossible to put down. The author has a warm and humorous writing style and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sequel? Please??

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I wasn't sure I was going to like this book after reading the first few chapters, which just seemed to be a chronology of the author's life, but once the dog stories got going I started to enjoy it. I fell head-over-heels in love with some of the pooches, and it was very rare that I wasn't laughing, due to Riley's amazing sense of humour. A must-read for dog lovers!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    Even the most ardent dog lover would get tired of Riley's monotonous stories. I'm a big animal lover and have enjoyed reading many books centered around an author's love of animals. But this was too much. There are many other great animal/pet focused memoirs out there. The writing in this book was barely blog worthy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Foster

    A true Laugh Out Loud book I'm not even a dog owner but this book enchanted me enough that ai'm telling all my dog owner friends about it. The writing style is engaging and those bursts of humor had me laughing out loud. What a fun book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Who wouldn't want to be a pet nanny? If you love dogs this book will just confirm it. If you're not a dog lover you may be after reading or at least want the chance to be a pet nanny. Such a fun, quick read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    I really wanted to love this book but didn't get that. The author never corrected this dogs and I know some of them came with their own problems. She never owned a dog and it shows in this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    mary allen

    Fun read This book was fun,light reading. Animal lovers will relate to the different quirks each dog brought to the story! I enjoyed it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shelly

    Not really as many funny stories as I thought there would be

  20. 4 out of 5

    Allie

  21. 4 out of 5

    M.Brossette

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  23. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Cutshall

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Lundeen

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janice Doyle

  26. 4 out of 5

    Larry Durkin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Percene Fenner

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sue Cutlip warren

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dyan Jayjack

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pammie

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