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What the Dog Ate

What the Dog Ate

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by Jackie Bouchard
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


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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5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Bouchard, a USA Today bestselling author, writes what she calls Fido-friendly fiction - humorous and heart-warming stories about women and the dogs that profoundly impact their lives. She spent a long time as a creative soul trapped in the body of a practical person. When she was bitten by the writing bug, she managed to leap free of the hamster wheel of corporate America, and now spends her days walking her dog, talking to her dog, and listening for the voices in her head that want their stories told. When the voices don't talk to her, she can often be found staring into the refrigerator. After growing up in Southern California, Jackie moved to Bermuda, where she met her husband. Now back in San Diego, American Jackie, her Canadian hubby, and her Mexican rescue mutt form their own happy little United Nations. Jackie's novels include HOUSE TRAINED (Lake Union, Oct. 2015), RESCUE ME, MAYBE, and WHAT THE DOG ATE. Learn more at www.jackiebouchard.com

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

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What the Dog Ate 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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Walks in and punches you in the jaw. Walks out calmly
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bookwright724 More than 1 year ago
I tried this out, just on a whim, and it ended up to be a satisfying read. I thought it was going to be a dog book, and did wish that Kona, the lab in the book, was more of a focus. But, it was a fun change of life and a bit predictable romance with all the ends neatly tied up in the end. Light fare, which is exactly what I hoped for at the time.
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Good book,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. It was a cute story, a bit long and dragged a little in the beginning, but still a very good read. Liked the fact it did not have detailed sexual scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally a well written original romantic comedy. Loved this book. Laughed out loud, cried, and cheered for maggie. I could hardly put it down and when i did, all i could do was think of the characters. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet, easy story. Light and enjoyable. I think we could all take a lesson on life from our dogs! I would definetly read more from this new author.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite Maggie's beloved dog Kona is not acting right, so Maggie takes him to the veterinarian. An operation on Kona's stomach reveals that he has eaten a pair of scanty silk panties, nothing that Maggie owns or wears. Whoops! When Maggie confronts her longtime husband, Dave, with the contents of Kona's stomach, he reveals that the panties belong to a woman with whom he has been carrying on sexually for months. Poor, overworked, executive Maggie is faced with Dave's leaving her and ultimately divorcing her. Dave, who loved Maggie, who gave her memories of their happy moments together, who stood by Maggie as she worked long hours for her MBA, now wants out of their marriage. Maggie drinks, leans on good and loving Kona, and then gradually pulls herself together, joining a yoga class where she meets her soon-to-be good friend Helena. Her brother Kevin moves in with her, wanting to console her, and through him, she meets enticing Russell. But how will forty-one year old Maggie go on with her life, having lost Dave and having only Kona for company? "What the Dog Ate" is a unique offering to the world of women's fiction. It deals with a woman suddenly alone, having lost her mate to infidelity, but how Maggie slowly picks up the pieces of her life and goes on is very well written and totally believable. No gorgeous hunks move in next door, and no lottery prize is claimed, but "What the Dog Ate" is totally true to everyday life. Maggie, her family and friends are realistic characters who go about living their lives and facing whatever comes along. The plot line moves smoothly to the story's conclusion as Maggie finds her way. "What the Dog Ate" belongs on reading lists everywhere. It is good reading at its best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What the Dog Ate" is a heartwarming, funny and honest story, and I fell in love with Maggie Baxter and Kona. The characters were unique, relatable and easy to connect with, and I loved following Maggie's journey from heartbreak to happiness. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good laugh and to be inspired to follow their dreams.
Catenabi More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Maggie is a great character and I enjoyed following her as she put the pieces of her life back together again after a divorce. And I fell in love with Kona the dog! Even though he doesn't have any lines, his presence is felt throughout the entire story. I cannot wait to read more from Jackie Bouchard because her debut novel is outstanding!
Ginas-Library More than 1 year ago
I was asked to review this book for the author. I really enjoyed this book. Maggie found out the hard (and expensive) way that her husband was cheating on her. Maggie now has to learn how to live on her own. She is not really on her own, she has a 4 legged companion Kona. Kona is a beast of a dog. He eats everything in sight. You even have to avoid saying trigger words around him. The dog is in serious need of some behavior training. Maggie goes through all the roller coaster of emotions that you would expect when going through a divorce. Along the way she makes 2 great friends. It takes Maggie awhile to figure out what she wants to do with her life. When she finally does, it's perfect for her. Of course she makes it work. This is the authors first novel. I think she did a great job with this novel. This book was both serious and funny. The author was able to combine the two emotions seamlessly. I found myself emotionally invested in the characters. I was rooting for Maggie all the way! I will definitely keep this author on my list of new authors to check out in the future.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review on Kritters Ramblings The reader finds Maggie as she is learning through a vet visit that her husband has been cheating on her behind her back and from there the story unravels (good unraveling). Through Kona her dog, Maggie comes to find out the truth about her marriage. I think this is only where the story begins, it went further than I ever thought it would be and I was pleasantly surprised with each chapter!