Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found

Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found

by Meg Donohue

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“Wonderful! Anyone who has ever loved and lost a dog will find wisdom and comfort in this sweet, smart story.”
   —Allie Larkin, author of Stay


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 big-hearted and entertaining story that skillfully captures the bonds of love, the pain of separation, and the power of our dogs to heal us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062853226
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 348,095
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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. 11 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
Really enjoyed this story for the positive light it puts on man's best friend, but also the interesting look it provided into agoraphobia.
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love walt disney endings you'll love this. Not my kind of book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago