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What the Dog Ate [Kindle Edition]

Jackie Bouchard
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 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?

Ultimately, Maggie realizes it’s never too late to start over, and this time, if she wants tail-wagging joy out of life, she’s got to be ruled not just by her head but by her heart.

"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.


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 (jackiebouchard.com), an award winning and USA TODAY 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 (facebook.com/JackieBouchardWriter) and Twitter (@JackieBouchard). Jackie blogs at poochsmooches.com/

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  • File Size: 749 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MC1A3K
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11 of 11 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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10 of 10 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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8 of 8 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! May 23, 2012
By KViz
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down October 21, 2013
By Sarah
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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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3 of 3 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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5.0 out of 5 stars life -- what happens to the best laid plans... October 6, 2013
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Maggie believes that she and her husband Dave with their Labrador Kona have their life plans all laid out until her world turns upside down after learning that what caused the emergency surgery to remove a blockage from Kona's intestines was a pair of tiny thongs -- not hers! Intending to confront her husband Dave with this news, he surprises Maggie by announcing that after more than 20 years of marriage, he has fallen in love with another woman and is leaving her. Stunned, angry, and completely heartbroken, Maggie begins a journey of self-discovery. She has no friends. She hates her job as VP, accounting, of a public company. Her lucrative income is no longer enough for her to remain at a job that she hates. She rashly quits her job and wallows in self-pity until she is rescued by her brother Kevin from her love affair with Ben & Jerry's. Through a series of interventions from Kevin and other people she meets along the way, Maggie discovers true happiness by learning to live in the moment like a dog does. This is a beautifully written, thoroughly entertaining read. I couldn't put it down! The characters are well-developed, believable people you enjoy getting to know. I can't wait to read Bouchard's next novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved by the Dog! May 13, 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Jackie Bouchard!
I finished this book at 3:30a.m. No, I didn't stay up all night to read it, but when I couldn't sleep, going back to the book and finishing it put a huge smile on my face. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sue B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very entertaining read
Published 2 months ago by Donna F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it!
If you love dogs, and can relate to having a four legged best friend, this book will make you smile. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Helen V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun Reads!
Really Enjoyed both of the books Jackie wrote, What The Dog Ate and Rescue Me, Maybe. I am so sorry to read Jackie has passed away. We have lost a very talented author. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jo Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars If your dog could read, he'd probably recommend this book to you.
A nice woman and her beloved dog deal with some of life's common disappointments. Eventually she figures out what makes her happy with the help of family and friends. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susan Borden
5.0 out of 5 stars Kona is a great best dog.
Great fun read. Good story for women who have to start over. Live your dream and laughter and love can come again.
Published 4 months ago by Carolyn G. Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVED this book!!
Published 5 months ago by R L
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not what I expected.
Published 5 months ago by Blondie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Not what I expected but I really liked this book. Sweet, funny, smart and hard to put down. I will look for other books by this author
Published 6 months ago by shopperzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!
I love this book and the author. The story is fun and fresh and sometimes heartbreaking. I like to read in bed, and I often had to stifle laughs so I wouldn't wake my husband. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sbedney
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More About the Author

Jackie Bouchard (jackiebouchard.com), an award winning and USA TODAY 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 (facebook.com/JackieBouchardWriter) and Twitter (@JackieBouchard). Jackie blogs at poochsmooches.com/

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