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Filled with funny, poignant stories, down-to-earth wisdom, and delightful photos, Danielle Steel’s Pure Joy is a charming memoir about the dogs who have enriched her life—the perfect gift for any animal lover.


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Filled with funny, poignant stories, down-to-earth wisdom, and delightful photos, Danielle Steel’s Pure Joy is a charming memoir about the dogs who have enriched her life—the perfect gift for any animal lover.

30 review for Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I'm a longtime dog lover and Danielle Steel fan, thus was excited to read this latest work. However that eagerness was soon quelled when I realized that the two don't mix for me personally. I got 3/4 of the way through this drivel and had to stop for the sole reason that I felt nauseous at the thousands and thousands of dollars Ms. Steel has thrown away over the years on purebreds bought at pet stores and from breeders (to say nothing of the cute little French outfits for her own adorable Minnie I'm a longtime dog lover and Danielle Steel fan, thus was excited to read this latest work. However that eagerness was soon quelled when I realized that the two don't mix for me personally. I got 3/4 of the way through this drivel and had to stop for the sole reason that I felt nauseous at the thousands and thousands of dollars Ms. Steel has thrown away over the years on purebreds bought at pet stores and from breeders (to say nothing of the cute little French outfits for her own adorable Minnie, but I digress). Certainly it is her money and she can do with it as she wishes, but publishing her extravagances is a bit much, though I'm sure those who live similar lives of wealth and privilege won't think anything of it. But I would much rather read a book about the lives of mutts and unwanted animals a family has saved from shelters over the years. On that note, someone needs to inform Ms. Steel that pet shops and breeders are not the be all end all for purebreds, as evidenced by the thousands of purebred cast offs on death row at animal shelters. These unfortunate by-products, if you will, should not be overlooked just because they are "used"; after all, the majority originally came from guess where? Yep, those pet stores and "professional" breeders. But then somebody has to keep them in business, and it's refreshing to know Ms. Steel is more than happy to oblige with her well earned money!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Loizides

    Disturbing read as whilst it was interesting to hear of the different breeds and the love and good care they got many of the other dogs were treated as dispensible by both Danielle and her family. Strange.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Thought this would include cute stories about Danielle Steels dogs, but no. More about having a tiny dog to travel with her to Paris, California and New York, and having a dog to dress up in cute costumes. Probably an enjoyable read for her children and friends.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    A quick read about Danielle Steel and her family's obsession with dogs. They have owned a variety of breeds. Some I had not heard about, but she gave some good information about the breeds traits and quirky moods. A quick read about Danielle Steel and her family's obsession with dogs. They have owned a variety of breeds. Some I had not heard about, but she gave some good information about the breeds traits and quirky moods.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Very cute, insightful book about Danielle Steel and ALL the dogs she's had. She's a true dog lover! I found the book really interesting, but I'm a complete dog lover.....so I get it! Very cute, insightful book about Danielle Steel and ALL the dogs she's had. She's a true dog lover! I found the book really interesting, but I'm a complete dog lover.....so I get it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle (MichelleBookAddict)

    5★ and a favorite ♥ Pure Joy was, well, a pure joy to read (couldn't help myself there lol). I'm already a big dog lover. Big time. My little 12 pound poodle (13 if her hair is a little too long) is very very spoiled. She has a raincoat and won't go in the rain without it. Danielle Steel would've laughed at me for that, but turns out she spoils her 2 pound Teacup Chihuahua, Minnie Mouse. So while she mentions the joy she's found in owning all her excessive dogs, my dog Peanut was right by me and 5★ and a favorite ♥ Pure Joy was, well, a pure joy to read (couldn't help myself there lol). I'm already a big dog lover. Big time. My little 12 pound poodle (13 if her hair is a little too long) is very very spoiled. She has a raincoat and won't go in the rain without it. Danielle Steel would've laughed at me for that, but turns out she spoils her 2 pound Teacup Chihuahua, Minnie Mouse. So while she mentions the joy she's found in owning all her excessive dogs, my dog Peanut was right by me and all my other dogs I've had in my thoughts. So the book has brought me some smiles and some tears too. First, Danielle mentions that she has 9 kids. And along with her 9 kids, at one point, her family had 10 dogs and a pig. The most dogs I had at one point was 2 dogs, so Danielle's life sounds like a circus to me (my mom's parent's had 8 kids, so I'm used to big families). But I'm glad she and her family is able to have so many dogs (she currently has 4 griffs and the teacup chihuahua). It was fun hearing about a lot of the dogs Danielle and her family and friends have (and had). Her description of falling in love with a chihuahua was sweet and had me thinking of all the dogs I love of course. And a lot of Danielle's experiences she mentions are used as advice and lessons on owning a pet. The main lesson is that owning a pet can bring you joy and love (especially if you love that pet). And it doesn't matter what size they are.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Sugiharto

    Repulsive. I read about dogs being given away as gifts at the drop of a hat, puppies being auctioned off, implications of shelter dogs being not good enough to have a home, a female being re-homed because she had a pseudo pregnancy and a person that puts pedigree in a pedestal so high it's unbelievable. I should have known though. Steel began the book explaining how she's "not a dog person". To that, Miss Steel, I say: stop getting more dogs. I see that you like dogs, but you don't love them. Pr Repulsive. I read about dogs being given away as gifts at the drop of a hat, puppies being auctioned off, implications of shelter dogs being not good enough to have a home, a female being re-homed because she had a pseudo pregnancy and a person that puts pedigree in a pedestal so high it's unbelievable. I should have known though. Steel began the book explaining how she's "not a dog person". To that, Miss Steel, I say: stop getting more dogs. I see that you like dogs, but you don't love them. Prospective readers, if you're a dog lover, go read something else instead.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Bergeron

    I completely LOVED this book, but then again, I also happen to have a little teacup chihuahua myself named Mia. I affectionately call her "Mini Mi". She looks a lot like Minnie but mine has short hair. I completely LOVED this book, but then again, I also happen to have a little teacup chihuahua myself named Mia. I affectionately call her "Mini Mi". She looks a lot like Minnie but mine has short hair.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    The book was ok. I thought that she kept repeating herself a lot. And i didn't agree with some of the things that she said about dogs. The book was ok. I thought that she kept repeating herself a lot. And i didn't agree with some of the things that she said about dogs.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    3.5 stars I can’t resist dogs. And I guess I can’t resist dog lovers either, because when this book by Danielle Steel about her dogs showed up as available on the digital library, I decided to take it for a spin. I’ve never read one of her novels, but hey—dogs. It was a sweet read, and I was surprised to find out that Danielle Steel has so many kids—nine! And she was married to a mad dog lover who thought each kid should have their own dog. At one point, she had nine kids, eleven dogs, and a potb 3.5 stars I can’t resist dogs. And I guess I can’t resist dog lovers either, because when this book by Danielle Steel about her dogs showed up as available on the digital library, I decided to take it for a spin. I’ve never read one of her novels, but hey—dogs. It was a sweet read, and I was surprised to find out that Danielle Steel has so many kids—nine! And she was married to a mad dog lover who thought each kid should have their own dog. At one point, she had nine kids, eleven dogs, and a potbellied pig. I love finding out weird stuff like this, and it was fun to read about an author I only thought of as some fancy lady who cranks out bestsellers every other month. I was delighted with the funny, down-to-earth descriptions of her life and dogs, especially her chihuahua Minnie, the dog on the book’s cover. I’m glad I read it. I was in the mood for an animal book, and it was something light to read as my chapter a day nonfiction this month.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Danielle Steele's homage to dogs is a treat for the mind and soul. While gaining insight into the prolific author's life (I knew she had quite a few children, but nine?!?!?), this book also offers some sage advice for current and future dog owners. It was an easy breezy read and the perfect audiobook if you're looking for lighter fare between heavier tomes. Danielle Steele's homage to dogs is a treat for the mind and soul. While gaining insight into the prolific author's life (I knew she had quite a few children, but nine?!?!?), this book also offers some sage advice for current and future dog owners. It was an easy breezy read and the perfect audiobook if you're looking for lighter fare between heavier tomes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gina Shupp

    What a wonderful book, up close and personal about one of my favorite authors. I truly enjoyed reading The Dogs We Love pure joy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vikki Herrett

    being a dog lover this title appealed to me , i loved the stead flow of this book and the easy laid back style in which it is written . Danielle Steel shows her true love for dogs and her life exsperiance with the ones she has encounter threw out her life . this is a great peek into her life and a great mini love story along the way .

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I could not believe what I was reading when she said she gave people dogs as gifts! She didn't check with them first to see if they really wanted one. Would be able to care for it. If it's personality would match its new owner, was it a breed they would like, would they rather have a rescue? This whole book does not bring out Danielle's best side and I would have thought her editors would have guided her in a better direction. Because for people w This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I could not believe what I was reading when she said she gave people dogs as gifts! She didn't check with them first to see if they really wanted one. Would be able to care for it. If it's personality would match its new owner, was it a breed they would like, would they rather have a rescue? This whole book does not bring out Danielle's best side and I would have thought her editors would have guided her in a better direction. Because for people who love and care about the best interest of dogs, they are "pure joy".

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Hall

    I can't say I didn't like it, but I can say it was different for a Danielle book. It was a cute insight to who she is. A small but large glimps of seeing who and what she likes I can't say I didn't like it, but I can say it was different for a Danielle book. It was a cute insight to who she is. A small but large glimps of seeing who and what she likes

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Charming!

  17. 5 out of 5

    T. Rose

    Thanks to the author for sharing her love and life with dogs! This past year has been very hard for me because I lost my soul mate doglet. He brought unbelievable love, loyalty and joy to me. He made me laugh so many times throughout my day. The chapter in this book titled "In Loving Memory" really spoke to me personally and provided so much comfort to me. I feel as though few non-pet people can understand the love many of us experience with our animals and so often this book described this so we Thanks to the author for sharing her love and life with dogs! This past year has been very hard for me because I lost my soul mate doglet. He brought unbelievable love, loyalty and joy to me. He made me laugh so many times throughout my day. The chapter in this book titled "In Loving Memory" really spoke to me personally and provided so much comfort to me. I feel as though few non-pet people can understand the love many of us experience with our animals and so often this book described this so well. It is the memories we keep of our beloved pets that help get us through the losses. There is a lot of very good advice on dogs in the book as well as insight into the responsibilities and difficult choices made to be good dog owners. I like the way Ms. Steel consulted frequently with quality veterinarians. I was touched by the descriptions of each dog that passed through her life and how each one was appreciated and respected. Ms. Steel has been so very fortunate to have loved and cared for so many dogs, especially to have had that special closeness with Minnie, among her other precious ones. This was a super good read for me at the right time of my life. My kids are grown and gone and now my doglet, a Westie, of 14 years, has passed. My heart hurts so! This book helped me address the issues that come with both life events. Much appreciation, Ms. Steel for reminding me of the joys our pets that remain with us forever. The importance of photos is paramount... Takes lots of photos of your pets. I like the way this books has so many photos of Ms Steel's precious dogs. The dogs are just heartwarming to look at. Made my heart smile! 💜

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bambi

    I think she is very honest in this book. All dogs are not created equal. She acknowledges that fact and also the fact that just any dog will not match with just any person. More dog lovers should be honest. Not every dog fits in and becomes a memorable intrinsic family member. Some dogs are just dogs. But Danielle Steele describes how she cared for dogs that she didn't find a special bond with as well as doting on the special pups she loved. I personally have only ever owned dogs that I found at I think she is very honest in this book. All dogs are not created equal. She acknowledges that fact and also the fact that just any dog will not match with just any person. More dog lovers should be honest. Not every dog fits in and becomes a memorable intrinsic family member. Some dogs are just dogs. But Danielle Steele describes how she cared for dogs that she didn't find a special bond with as well as doting on the special pups she loved. I personally have only ever owned dogs that I found at local shelters. But I took my time and adopted only the dogs that I saw had the potential of developing a memorable fit in my family. But if I were wealthy ,I might visit reputable breeders like she did. Not sure. Purebreeds can be found at shelters. I've adopted several over the years. The author repeated herself often in this book. Not the greatest writing I've ever read. But I really enjoyed the candid descriptions of her family life with dogs ! Interesting fun little read. terrible writing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jami

    I love Minnie and the other dogs mentioned in this book; this rating is not for them. I don't love reading about Danielle Steel dressing up Minnie in clothes that she doesn't like and their flying back and forth from Paris. I also remember why I stopped reading Danielle Steel's books; I don't care for her writing style. But what really bothered me about this book was her attitude towards some of her dogs. Poor Elmer was relegated to just a dog status when Maude, another dog, joined the household. I love Minnie and the other dogs mentioned in this book; this rating is not for them. I don't love reading about Danielle Steel dressing up Minnie in clothes that she doesn't like and their flying back and forth from Paris. I also remember why I stopped reading Danielle Steel's books; I don't care for her writing style. But what really bothered me about this book was her attitude towards some of her dogs. Poor Elmer was relegated to just a dog status when Maude, another dog, joined the household. Not sure what she expected, but once Elmer started acting like a dog, he and Maude were given away. And her comment about some dogs that are dogs. WTF does she expect? She actually says that some dogs are just dogs because they are boring. When I think of what someone with her money and public platform could do for rescue and shelter dogs, and I read this, I just get sick.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie MacKay

    Not great. I am a dog person and thought this would be a good book, was it was very disappointing and frustrating. Buying dogs from petshops. Giving dogs to people as gifts. Not great things to do. Also didn't seem to invest much time in behavioural training for dogs that had issues, such as tendencies to bite people. It can be overcome with good training. Lots of things that real dog people would find frustrating in this book. About half the book is about her chihuahua and it's a bit like a boo Not great. I am a dog person and thought this would be a good book, was it was very disappointing and frustrating. Buying dogs from petshops. Giving dogs to people as gifts. Not great things to do. Also didn't seem to invest much time in behavioural training for dogs that had issues, such as tendencies to bite people. It can be overcome with good training. Lots of things that real dog people would find frustrating in this book. About half the book is about her chihuahua and it's a bit like a book that she and her family and friends would enjoy, but not necessary for publication to the world. I thought there might be a chapter given to each dog or something. That would have given it a bit more variation, rather than so much on just the one dog.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Veenstra

    I am a huge Danielle Steel fan, and had high expectations for this book. I found it to be incredibly disappointing. Half of the time I felt I was being preached to, and the other half I was being "educated" on how someone with a lot of money can treat their dogs. Steel mentions repeatedly how she "rescues" dogs, when in reality she is purchasing through breeders. That isn't a rescue and shouldn't be marketed as such. The last straw in the hat was her bragging about auctioning off 2 puppies at a I am a huge Danielle Steel fan, and had high expectations for this book. I found it to be incredibly disappointing. Half of the time I felt I was being preached to, and the other half I was being "educated" on how someone with a lot of money can treat their dogs. Steel mentions repeatedly how she "rescues" dogs, when in reality she is purchasing through breeders. That isn't a rescue and shouldn't be marketed as such. The last straw in the hat was her bragging about auctioning off 2 puppies at a benefit in her son's memory. It is my personal opinion that this is never appropriate, and disliked her gushing over how much money was spent on anonymous individuals who took these dogs home.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ruth E.

    Danielle Steel certainly had a lot of kids and dogs. And generally all small dogs. And it is obvious that she loves them both. She has a nice easy way of writing that I liked. It was interesting to hear about all her little adventures with the dogs. However, it is obvious that she has a lot of money as she talks about buying from breeders for friends and family, whereas it would have been better if she had adopted them from a shelter. And I wasn't crazy about how easily she got rid of her dogs i Danielle Steel certainly had a lot of kids and dogs. And generally all small dogs. And it is obvious that she loves them both. She has a nice easy way of writing that I liked. It was interesting to hear about all her little adventures with the dogs. However, it is obvious that she has a lot of money as she talks about buying from breeders for friends and family, whereas it would have been better if she had adopted them from a shelter. And I wasn't crazy about how easily she got rid of her dogs if they didn't have the right personality and how she would just leave them to jet off to Paris. But she does appear to be very loving with her little Minnie.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Cain

    A friend of mine reads almost nothing but Danielle Steel and I thought this short book would give me a taste of her writing style. I suppose it didn’t really. I enjoyed parts of it, because I completely understand what it’s like to fall in love with a dog that’s extra special and some of her personal dog stories. But then a lot of it was geared to non-dog people as if rationalizing and explaining why this or that is okay or why they did things a certain way. Some things she stated and re-explain A friend of mine reads almost nothing but Danielle Steel and I thought this short book would give me a taste of her writing style. I suppose it didn’t really. I enjoyed parts of it, because I completely understand what it’s like to fall in love with a dog that’s extra special and some of her personal dog stories. But then a lot of it was geared to non-dog people as if rationalizing and explaining why this or that is okay or why they did things a certain way. Some things she stated and re-explained 3 or 4 times and I felt like “well, duh”, but having and living with dogs aren’t new for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Wren

    I never thought I would read a Danielle Steel book since I tried one in High School and decided she is not for me. Then I lost my beloved dog and began the search for another pet. During that search, I was dog obsessed and when this book appeared among the audio book downloads available from the library, I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! What touching understanding of the human/pet relationship. Sweet anecdotes. I never thought I would read a Danielle Steel book since I tried one in High School and decided she is not for me. Then I lost my beloved dog and began the search for another pet. During that search, I was dog obsessed and when this book appeared among the audio book downloads available from the library, I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! What touching understanding of the human/pet relationship. Sweet anecdotes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    I agree with other reviewers who said this book is repetitive. I've never read any of Danielle Steel's fiction, so I have nothing to compare to, but this book made me wonder how she ever became such a popular author. That said, I am a dog lover, so I finished the book. It made me question just how much of a dog lover she is since she frequents pet stores and breeders, gives dogs as gifts and auctions them off. But she certainly delights in living with her little Minnie Mouse. I agree with other reviewers who said this book is repetitive. I've never read any of Danielle Steel's fiction, so I have nothing to compare to, but this book made me wonder how she ever became such a popular author. That said, I am a dog lover, so I finished the book. It made me question just how much of a dog lover she is since she frequents pet stores and breeders, gives dogs as gifts and auctions them off. But she certainly delights in living with her little Minnie Mouse.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Randy Tramp

    The reader enters the Steel home and meets the dogs that have come through their doors. The title is appropriate as I considered the read - pure joy. At the present time, we don't have any dogs. Because of this book, that may change. I enjoyed meeting Steel's family - nine children. (We have twelve so I can identify with a big family.) The reader enters the Steel home and meets the dogs that have come through their doors. The title is appropriate as I considered the read - pure joy. At the present time, we don't have any dogs. Because of this book, that may change. I enjoyed meeting Steel's family - nine children. (We have twelve so I can identify with a big family.)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Doris Kinsley

    The book is pure joy From the first page, DS had me. I laughed and cried a tear or two and loved the glimpse of the woman behind the author. I have often wondered what type of woman DS was and wanted to know more about her personal life. Pure Joy certainly gave me both. Plus her choices of dogs amused me. Well done.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erica Drum

    3.5 rounded up. I don't consider myself a dog person. However, my library had this audiobook for free. This book fit me well at this moment. We just got a puppy for our family of 6. My children's first dog. So it gets rounded up to 4 stars. A dog person may love this book. Who knows maybe I'll turn into a dog person. 3.5 rounded up. I don't consider myself a dog person. However, my library had this audiobook for free. This book fit me well at this moment. We just got a puppy for our family of 6. My children's first dog. So it gets rounded up to 4 stars. A dog person may love this book. Who knows maybe I'll turn into a dog person.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Don

    This was a short look by Steel into the role that dogs have played in her life. Unusual and even depressing in places, it did keep my attention and leave me with a sense of how great a value Steel places on her relationships with her pets.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Norma Reid

    The Best Thing in life is to be Owned by a Chichuahua What a wonderful and heart warming book to read for all dog lovers and especially if you own a Chichuahua she describes them to a tea I have four of them and one is exactly like Minnie O would definitely recommend this book

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