Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life

Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life

by Bruce Goldstein
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Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life by Bruce Goldstein

Meet Bruce Goldstein: unemployed and recently dumped, this twenty-something New Yorker had fallen into such a deep depression he needed to call his mother just to get out of bed in the morning. In the downward spiral of bipolar disorder, neither therapy nor medication could help him shake his rapid mood swings, his fear of dying, or the voice of Satan, who first visited him one sunny day in Central Park.

Then comes Ozzy, an exuberantly life-affirming black Lab puppy who launches Bruce on a surprising, uproarious journey of complete canine interdependence. Ozzy helps Bruce heal through the most unexpected source: the love of a good dog.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306817625
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 02/10/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 440,948
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bruce Goldstein received a BFA in Advertising Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in 1992. He lives in Manhattan with his family.

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Puppy Chow Is Better Than Prozac: The True Story of a Man and the Dog Who Saved His Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Brainylainy More than 1 year ago
Not only is this a dreary recitation of the author's constant crying, shaking, and carrying on. it doesn't even do justice to the dog. If I weren't a dog lover, on the basis of this book, I'd never get one. All the author talks about is the dog's diarhea, vomiting, chewing things up--not food. He never gives one instance of this dog's showing compassion for him, or trying to make him feel better. Since my own long experience with myriad dogs have shown me how sensitive they are to people's moods and how they'll try to alleviate your depression by snuggling with you, I find it strange that all Mr. Goldstein can discuss is picking up poop. I also was annoyed by his constant begging to God, and also his blaming Satan for his problems. I don't know Mr. Goldstein's religion, but, from his name, I would've presumed he could be Jewish, but Judaism isn't that involved with Satan or the numbers 666. Jews do talk to God, but it's not necessary to spend page after page saying you implored God for something. Does this man ever pray?
literatissima More than 1 year ago
We've all loved Lassie, Benji & Rin Tin Tin. This is the story about a dog saving a man's life in a different way. Bruce is a manic depressive living in NYC. He has been struggling with inner demons, walking a fine precipice between life & suicide. His friends and his therapist are at wits' end. He has no job, and his girlfriend has just broken up with him. But then, Bruce falls in love with Ozzy, a tiny black lab puppy. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with their own demons, those fascinated with mental health and most of all, to those who already believe that dogs are angels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He changed his mind of being depressed then happy many times but in to end the book is very interesting. It also kept me reading, which is very hard for me, seeing as how i only read when i have to. Reccomended for all who won't take the depressing parts with too much of a heavy heart.
Republican More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the book but felt that we really didnt need to go into the religeous part of it. All in all i can relate the difficult times that no one understands until they really go through it.
vegasgirl777 More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. It was well developed, and very interesting. I would highly reccomend it.
Karen9999 More than 1 year ago
Goldstein writes with such humor and wit as he details his life with Ozzy. For those with mental illness and dog lovers alike, this book is a pearl.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so touching, i really enjoyed reading it. My friend recommended it to me and im so glad i went through with reading it. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read, loves animals, or if you have had depression. This book was so personal, it really touched my heart.
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Puppy Chow is Better than Prozac not only gave me solace in dealing with my own chemical imbalance but gave my husband a better understanding and different viewpoint into my daily internal battles. Mr. Goldstein's upfront honesty as well as splashes of humor will allow you a voyueristic peek into what some of us call our reality. By sharing his mission of acquiring a canine companion, we are all shown the amazing power of not only having a purpose in life but the need for unconditional love. I highly recommend this book to all who have been touched by emotional or mental disabilities as well as every dog lover on the planet. I believe you will come away with a much better understanding of both.
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Quite true! A bit messy to visualize story, but quite amazing. And rather inspiring, educational, and encouraging for those of us considering getting a dog. Is also a kind of warning what to expect with unhousebroken dog! But also shows we can win this!
Chloee23 More than 1 year ago
This book was so enjoyable and delightful read. It had me so absorbed in it that it did not take me long to read! It has a very heartwarming story about the author and his black lab Ozzy. It is very inspirational and I reccommend everyone to read this wonderful book.
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From the opening sentence...to the last...readers will appreciate how one seemingly insignificant four-legged creature made a life-altering difference to a young, suicidally depressed man. This book focuses on the ability of dogs to touch our souls and provide unconditional love and support during times of extreme psychological stress and of course every day life. 'A dog is the only thing on earth who loves us more than he loves himself' How true!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the way the author writes in such detail about all of the thoughts running through his head so rapidly reminded me of how my own brain jumps from idea to idea. the book is very personal and the author gives great insight into his own personality as well as his mental illness. dealing with my own depression, this book really encouraged me to fight it and reminded me that i can depend on animals whenever they need me. i had my younger sister read it as well and she loved it almost as much as i did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I thought that after Marley & Me that all dog-meets-man stories would just be the same. But then I read Puppy Chow is Better Than Prozac. This comes at you from a different angle. Sure, Marley was a great dog, but Ozzy saved a life! This book made me a little more comfortable about my past depression and now I feel a little less crazy about babying my pets. :' A must read for any animal lover, anyone struggling with a mental illness, or anyone with a heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to finally receive my copy of this book. I have been hearing about it for a month on the web. I found this story compelling a very readable. The authors descriptions of his symptoms and subsequent diagnosis of manic depression are vivid and thought provoking. He really hits a low point before deciding that a dog might be his last chance. The story that follows is hilarious and touching. As Bruce's trial and error education in puppy rearing commences we laugh and cry with him as Ozzy, his adorable black lab puppy, drags Bruce back into life. I think anyone who lives with a pet can tell you that they can lift your sprits with a warm nuzzle, but this dog truly saved this mans life. A great read for pet lovers, but also a thoughtful memoir about coping with mental illness and a wonderful tale about falling in love.