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What the Dog Ate [Kindle Edition]

Jackie Bouchard
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The vet handed Maggie Baxter a plastic specimen bag containing a pair of size-tiny lavender thong panties extracted from her dog; but they were not hers. Or rather, they were hers now since she'd just paid $734 to have Dr. Carter surgically remove them from Kona's gut.

This is how Maggie Baxter, a practical, rule-following accountant, discovers that her husband of seventeen years is cheating on her. All her meticulous life plans are crushed. When he leaves her for the other woman, Maggie and her the-world-is-my-smorgasbord chocolate Lab, Kona, are left to put their lives back together. As Maggie begins to develop a Plan B for her life, she decides to be more like Kona. No, she's not going to sniff crotches and eat everything that isn't nailed down; rather she'll try to approach life with more ball-chasing abandon. Finding herself in situations where she begins to go through her usual over-analysis of the pros and cons, she stops and instead asks herself: What would Kona do? With Kona as her guru, Maggie begins her quest for tail-wagging joy.

"What the Dog Ate" is a funny, tender story of mending a broken heart and finding love and a new life right under your nose, with woman's best friend at your side. If you enjoyed Claire Cook's "Must Love Dogs" or Allie Larkin's "Stay," you'll love "What the Dog Ate" and be rooting for Maggie and Kona.

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Editorial Reviews

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Named one of the best dog books of 2012 by NBC Petside.com. Bouchard "writes in a natural, accessible style and Maggie is a profoundly appealing character that the reader roots for. Yes, it's about a broken heart, but it's also quite funny."
- Dorri Olds, NBC Petside.com

"...belongs on reading lists everywhere. It is good reading at its best!"
- Readers' Favorite

"Dog lovers take note! What the Dog Ate is a cheer-me-up read, the story of a smart woman putting her life back together. Maggie is the character women have been waiting for - she's clever, funny, and REAL. You'll root for her with your whole heart."
- Elsa Watson, author of Dog Days


"...a must-have for everyone's summer reading lists. ...[T]he story is well-paced, humorously told and rife with keen observations of the human condition."
- Brian Douglas, Examiner.com

"Great characters and character development, including Kona (the dog); Gritty, real dialogue; Hilarious situations (canine and otherwise); Strong plot"
- Roxanne Hawn, award-winning Champion of My Heart blog

"Run, do not walk, to get this book: It's THAT good."
- Carol Bryant, Fidose of Reality.com

"I would read this book again, because I liked the way it made me feel not just in sections, but all the way through. That is the highest praise I can give a book."
- Tara Fox Hall, Good Book Alert blog

About the Author

Jackie Bouchard (www.jackiebouchard.com) writes Fido-friendly fiction. She used to be trapped in the hamster wheel of corporate America, but she was lucky enough to escape and now fully understands the term "struggling writer." Jackie loves: reading, writing, and, yes, even 'rithmetic (seriously, algebra rocks); professional cycling; margaritas; blogging (she never thought she'd say that, but she does); dogs in general, and her crazy rescue pup specifically; and her hubby. (Not in that order.) Jackie dislikes: rude people and writing about herself in the third person. After living in Southern California, then Bermuda, then Canada, then the East coast, Jackie and her husband settled in San Diego. American Jackie, her Canadian hubby, and her Mexican rescue mutt form their own happy little United Nations. Jackie's novels include "What The Dog Ate" and "Rescue Me, Maybe." Connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JackieBouchardWriter) and Twitter (@JackieBouchard). Jackie blogs at http://poochsmooches.blogspot.com/

Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MC1A3K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like? May 29, 2012
By mglhs
Format:Kindle Edition
While one of the main characters of this book is a very likeable dog, you don't have to be a dog lover to love this book. Maggie is a warm, engaging character, the type of gal you'd like to have over for coffee or to chat with over a glass of wine. While she goes through a rough patch, she makes new friends and is resourceful and clever enough to create a new and improved life for Kona and herself. This was a can't put down read for me, quick and thoroughly entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What would Kona do? May 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book that stays with you. It is easy to read, and the situations are so human. Maggie is full of doubts after her divorce from a cheating husband. To accompany this woman through her struggles is to see her expand, analyse and re-think her life as she strives for something better. I sometimes abandon books mid-way. Not the case here. This one keeps your interest until the end. A very enjoyable read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! May 23, 2012
By KViz
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are so many books to read that drain the energy from your soul...this book puts all the energy back!!! A real-life difficult situation is treated with wisdom and humor...and put into perspective by the love of a great dog. Fabulous summer read when you want drama...but drama that lifts your spirit. I loved this feel-good book and recommend it highly!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for the Girls! May 22, 2012
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Jackie Bouchard's "What the Dog Ate" may be considered by some to be "chick lit," but this man attests it to be well-written and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Although I may have laughed at different parts and for different reasons than many of the other kind reviewers on here, I'm certain we all share a genuine love of this wonderful book.

This is one fun Summer read, and I highly recommended downloading it to your beach reading list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down October 21, 2013
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had trouble putting the book down. It was a very enjoyable read and had me laughing out loud at times. I really felt for Maggie, the main character. I also loved Kona, the dog. I will be rereading it in the future. I just ordered Rescue Me, Maybe and look forward to reading that one too. This is an author I am going to watch. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read February 18, 2013
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Tis an easy predictable and somewhat cliched read. If you just want to relax in bed and need to turn off your mind before drifting off, this book will do the trick. Definitely a chick book for divorced women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved by the Dog! May 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Two thumbs up. Highly recommend. Good writing and good fun! The post-divorce dating disasters made me laugh and cringe all at the same time!! You'll enjoy this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A humorous look at life after divorce October 23, 2013
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I liked the humor and realistic scenes. Anyone one who has gone through a divorce that they didn't want can identify with Maggie. The novel kept my interest and is well written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I only gave it four stars as this book was way too short. It was a nice read though and had some good chuckles in it.
Published 10 days ago by Windwish
3.0 out of 5 stars The title and picture are priceless
This was a pleasant read. I'm not really into the romance stories, so I wouldn't be able to give it the highest rating. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amy Chizen
4.0 out of 5 stars What The Dog Ate
I enjoyed the book. Interesting relationship commentary; women forget how strong they can be and how much inner value they have.
Published 27 days ago by Terry Sommers, J
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT THE DOG ATE
The book was great. The title was a little misleading. I really enjoyed reading. I with look for more of her books

Llois Barber
Published 1 month ago by LOIS BARBER
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
I enjoyed this immensely. Within the first few pages, I was LOL. Though some parts were predictable, I liked the story line.
Published 2 months ago by W. Edgington
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
Another great book by Jackie Bouchard. Would love to know of any other books she has written. Thoroughly enjoyed this.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia B. Sheets
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book!
This was a fun book to read. I was able to get her other book at a good price soon after I finished this one, and I liked it even more. I am looking forward to her next book!
Published 2 months ago by Pam M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down!
Great story with interesting characters. It was seriously hard to put down. Funny, sad, heartwarming. I was sorry when I got to the end!!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sueg628
4.0 out of 5 stars What The Dog Ate review
I read this book WTDA after I read Rescue Me, Maybe. I laughed more from reading RMM but I definitely enjoyed this book too. Love Jackie Bouchard's sense of humor. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JUDY K OCASEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Most often when I read a first novel, I'm thinking "yup, ok for a first novel but I can't wait til they get a little better". Read more
Published 3 months ago by DogTired
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More About the Author

Jackie Bouchard (www.jackiebouchard.com), a USA TODAY, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook bestselling author, writes Fido-friendly fiction. She used to be trapped in the hamster wheel of corporate America, but she was lucky enough to escape and now fully understands the term "struggling writer." Jackie loves: reading, writing, and, yes, even 'rithmetic (seriously, algebra rocks); professional cycling; margaritas; blogging (she never thought she'd say that, but she does); dogs in general, and her crazy rescue pup specifically; and her hubby. (Not in that order.) Jackie dislikes: rude people and writing about herself in the third person. After living in Southern California, then Bermuda, then Canada, then the East coast, Jackie and her husband settled in San Diego. American Jackie, her Canadian hubby, and her Mexican rescue mutt form their own happy little United Nations. Jackie's novels include "What The Dog Ate" and "Rescue Me, Maybe."

Connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JackieBouchardWriter) and Twitter (@JackieBouchard). Jackie blogs at http://poochsmooches.blogspot.com/

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