The only thing better than getting a puppy as a little kid is getting a puppy when you turn twenty-seven years old, you're out of work, you're diagnosed with manic depression, your first love needs more space, and you're thinking about killing yourself. 

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. Bruce tells all in his debut memoir: "PUPPY CHOW IS BETTER THAN PROZAC." Fetch your copy wherever books are sold. 





Publishers Weekly

In this man-boy-meets-dog memoir, first time author Goldstein hits a number of satisfying, if familiar, notes relating his story of heartbreak, mental illness and redemption in the big city. Goldstein's chronicle is funny and absorbing, and should have dog lovers nodding along in happy recognition."

ok! magazine

An inspirational true story on the therapeutic benefits a pet can provide.”


BP Magazine

“Goldstein’s story is captivating, sometimes heartbreaking, and honest. It has the unique ability to promote an eye-opening understanding of bipolar disorder while appealing to the greater population of dog lovers. No doubt it will go far to help dissolve the stigma associated with bp.”



“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. Four paws up…Joining the recent wave of memoirs about dogs and their owners, Goldstein’s book differs in that it focuses on the ability of canines to touch our souls and provide unconditional love and support during times of extreme psychological stress. In that respect, it is similar to Mark Doty’s Dog Years.”


Writing Doctor’s Blog

“If you’re a dog lover, the subtitle will convince you to grab this book. Bend down, drop your umbrella and purse on the way, and see what Goldstein has to say for himself about his love affair with a Labrador retriever puppy…Is Puppy Chow overly sentimental? Maybe. But humor saves it. Is it for dog lovers only? Maybe. And then again, maybe not. Because the subtitle is right. Ozzy does save Bruce’s life. More, it’s about what we all, sick and well, must learn to expect from ourselves, no matter what. And finally, it’s about how the magic of love, even a dog’s love, can save us when we’re lost.”


Colorado Springs Independent

“The pace of Goldstein's words alone will suck you in to his story. His descriptions are so vivid you'll feel as if you've taken up residence in his brain, riding the raging storm within him. Your heart will race with his, and your breathing will slow when he is calm. Perhaps most importantly, you'll come to love Ozzy (his "furry antidepressant") as much as Goldstein does.”


This very funny, sad book is even better than the cover, and it’s a helluva cover!
— James Patterson, # 1 New York Times bestselling author


“For the grown-up Lassie lover…Warning: Get this only if you’re ready to adopt—you may head to the shelter after the last page.”


The Boston Globe: “My Pet World with Steve Dale” 

“The book is filled with stuff any dog owner can identify with…Quite funny and always honest.”



“Surprisingly uplifting…A tale most dog owners can relate to.”



“An uplifting romance that will inspire anyone who’s suffered from depression and remind women everywhere why they started loving men in the first place—because deep down, they’re pussycats.”



“Goldstein bravely shares what it is like to live with bipolar disorder…[A] heart-warming and at times heart-wrenching story.”


Bookviews.com: “Pick of the Month”

“It is a chronicle of falling in love and experiencing all the joys of man’s best friend…A wonderful true story.”


Andy Behrman, author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania

“Goldstein’s memoir is touching, inspiring and funny. It makes me wish that every psychiatrist would write a prescription for a pet.”


Claudia Kawczynska, Editor-in-Chief, The Bark

“An uproarious and yet tender story of how a charming pup transformed the life of a man battling depression. It is a delightful read for dog lovers.”








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