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Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found

Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found

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by Meg Donohue

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The USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake and All the Summer Girls returns with an unforgettably poignant and funny tale of love and loss, confronting our fears, and moving on . . . with the help of a poodle, a mutt, and a Basset retriever named Seymour.

As a pet bereavement counselor, Maggie Brennan uses a combination of


The USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake and All the Summer Girls returns with an unforgettably poignant and funny tale of love and loss, confronting our fears, and moving on . . . with the help of a poodle, a mutt, and a Basset retriever named Seymour.

As a pet bereavement counselor, Maggie Brennan uses a combination of empathy, insight, and humor to help patients cope with the anguish of losing their beloved four-legged friends. Though she has a gift for guiding others through difficult situations, Maggie has major troubles of her own that threaten the success of her counseling practice and her volunteer work with a dog rescue organization.

Everything changes when a distraught woman shows up at Maggie’s office and claims that her dog has been stolen. Searching the streets of San Francisco for the missing pooch, Maggie finds herself entangled in a mystery that forces her to finally face her biggest fear-and to open her heart to new love.

Packed with deep emotion and charming surprises, Dog Crazy is a bighearted and entertaining story that skillfully captures the bonds of love, the pain of separation, and the power of our dogs to heal us.

Editorial Reviews

Elin Hilderbrand
“Beach Book Extraordinaire! Donohue’s three protagonists are irresistibly sympathetic as they try to unbury their true selves from the ruinous secrets of their shared past.”
Adriana Trigiani
“Even if my daughter hadn’t recently rescued a dog, our first, I would have fallen in love with Meg Donohue’s Dog Crazy. On these pages you will find love, healing, forgiveness and pure unbridled joy of the human and canine kind.”
Allie Larkin
“Wonderful! Anyone who has ever loved and lost a dog will find wisdom and comfort in this sweet, smart story.”
“Donohue captures the beauty and frustration of reconnecting with old friends—they know youso well, and they don’t know you at all. Perfect for a staycation for readers who like the beachy drama of Elin Hilderbrand and Susan Wiggs.”
Sarah Jio
“Beautifully written and quietly wise, Meg Donohue’s How to Eat a Cupcake is an achingly honest portrayal of the many layers of friendship--a story so vividly told, you can (almost) taste the buttercream.”
Zoe Fishman
“A heartwarming and unpredictable tale of friendship, family and frosting.”
Beth Kendrick
“An irresistible blend of sweet and tart, this book is truly a treat to be savored.”
Rebecca Rasmussen
Praise for How To Eat A Cupcake: “Deliciously engaging. Donohue writes with charm and grace. What could be better than friendship and cupcakes?”
Jennifer Close
“All the Summer Girls is an honest and engaging look at the complicated and powerful bonds of female friendship. Donohue takes us on a weekend reunion full of secrets, resentment, and regret-in other words, once you start this book, you won’t be able to put it down!”
New York Times bestselling author Allison Winn Scotch
“Meg Donohue’s All the Summer Girls is an intimate, heartfelt, beautiful exploration of friendship, family and the ties that bind and the secrets that destroy us. Read it first, pass it to your girlfriend later. She’ll be grateful.”
Library Journal
Thirtysomething Maggie Brennan moved across the country to San Francisco to start a pet bereavement counseling business—the action of a brave and capable woman. But when she is unable to leave her apartment for three months, she realizes that she desperately needs support. In a great example of comforting storytelling, a growing cast of flawed but sympathetic characters, both canine and human, come into Maggie's life to provide mutual assistance. One is Anya, a desperate and angry young woman who believes her dog is alive despite his being missing for a month. Anya's entire family is damaged by loss but Maggie helps them learn to heal as she heals herself. Dogs are major characters in the book, and their love, loyalty, and presence are important. The growing romance between Maggie and Anya's handsome brother, Henry, is predictable but warm and satisfying. VERDICT Donohue (All the Summer Girls) has created a world in which nothing is so bad that it can't be fixed by the love of friends. An enjoyable read, that while light, explores anxiety, agoraphobia, and the therapeutic effects of pets. A sure bet for dog lovers.—Jan Marry, Williamsburg Regional Lib., VA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Meet the Author

Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake, All the Summer Girls, and Dog Crazy. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, three children, and dog.

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Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
PaulineMA More than 1 year ago
Some people would describe me as Dog Crazy so of course I felt compelled to read this book! Meg Donohue did a great job telling the story of dog rescue and fostering. I've rescued, I've fostered (and failed) and I've lost my heart when my dogs have died. I caught myself nodding my head while I was reading this book because Meg got it, she understood. And she was able to tell the story accurately. The characters were engaging and the storyline of anxiety and panic disorder is one that is difficult to tell. I'll be looking for the next book! 
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
What a delightful surprise this story is. There's so many emotions, from sadness and anxiety, to love, joy, comfort, and elation. Even though very successful with her counseling career, Maggie has some serious issues herself, that bloom after her move to San Francisco. She not only live in a new city on the other side of the country, and start her own practice, but also loses her companion Toby. All the battles and angst she feels are described so clearly with her voice, as the story is told in first person. The compassion, sympathy, and empathy she has for her clients is never ending. Her love for the furry friends is endearing. The tale is riddled with humor and wit, friends and companions, both two and four legged. The new friends in town not only benefit from her help, but help Maggie find her feet again, and embrace life and love. This is a tale that will make you shed a tear for the loss, smile for the banter, want to travel to San Francisco to walk the hills, and run to the closest shelter to adopt a dog. It teaches a lot about life, love and loss, with a fresh and original voice, and gives hope for tomorrow cause there's a reason to 'always hope for the sun' ~ Four Spoons
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. As someone who does work with animal rescue, has adopted all my pets from rescue groups and lost beloved petd this story really struck a nerve and made me tear up a couple of times. Well written and a fast read, I couldnt put it down and finished it in 2 days
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book, especially the dogs :)
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
This was a very good, heartwarming story. I love a happy ending but there were parts of this book that made me cry. If you are a dog lover, you will enjoy this one. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was that the story seemed a bit unrealistic at times. The agoraphobic therapist, who had more mental health issues than her patients, cured herself quickly and easily with just the help of a dog while she continue to actively treat and cure others. Overall, well edited with just a couple of typos. A quick, easy read.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
First, if you are a dog lover, you should read this, but you may not want to read this in a public setting!   Maggie Brennan starts as a character who has made a dramatic move to San Francisco to start her life with a new beginning - new job and new home.  Quickly into the book, Maggie becomes a less than reliable character and her story takes a turn, but I willingly followed her on the journey.   Maggie is a therapist with her own set of issues and it was interesting to see one of her patients quietly turn the tables on her and they end up healing each other.  At moments I could predict what was coming next, but I didn't mind know where it was probably headed.   This is a shorter book, so I would recommend curling up with it one afternoon and take it all in one (ish) setting.  It isn't the "deepest" book, but the story and the "lesson" make the book worth reading.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue is a heartwarming story of a young girl, who is a pet bereavement counselor. Our heroine is Maggie Brennan, and we meet her from the start, as she counsel’s her patient, who thanks to her is well enough to no longer need these sessions. We learn from that point, that Maggie herself has her own issues, suffering from agoraphobia, which she hides from others. Maggie lives in an apartment where her friend Lourdes lives with her dog. Maggie has not left her apartment, other than to walk outside to the gate to escort her patients as they leave. Maggie lost her dog, Toby, who she had for 13 years, and since then she has not been able to go outside, having anxiety attacks. But Maggie is a great counselor, being patient, understanding, comfortable and even joking with them. She gets a phone call from Henry, who wants to hire her to meet with his sister, who will not face the possible loss of her dog, Billy, who she claims was stolen. Anya is forced to meet with Maggie, and doesn’t think she needs help. She resents having to meet Maggie, and according to her, someone stole Billy and she will continue to search for him every day. Something about this distraught and difficult young girl makes Maggie want to help her. She forces herself to try to go out, borrows Lourdes dog, and together they walk a block, adding on another each day. Finally Maggie goes to Anya, meets her brothers, and starts to help searching for Billy. This enables Maggie to slowly become more confident, which also results in Anya coming out of her shell. It is Anya, who begins to see that Maggie herself has worse issues than she does. The two of them end up helping each other, even if some of Anya ways are embarrassing. This is a heartwarming story of two people that will find a way to rise beyond their own phobias, with very rewarding results. There is a slow to build romance that we begin to hope for midway between Henry and Maggie. There are also a couple of surprises that will bring tears. A very well written book that was a very different read for me. If you are a pet lover, and even if you are not, this is an emotional but wonderful story.
Anonymous 3 months ago
If you love walt disney endings you'll love this. Not my kind of book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago