• Paperback: 288 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 10, 2015)
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.
Hello everyone and welcome my stop on the blog tour for Dog Crazy. I’d like to send a huge thank you to the author Meg Donahue and also to TLC Book Tours for letting me participate in this tour by reading and reviewing this book.
A big fact about me that you have probably caught onto by now is that I love animals in general but I REALLY REALLY love dogs. You can definitely call me a bit dog crazy, as a matter of fact I’m pretty sure those exact words have been said to describe me, so you can imagine how excited I was to be reading a book where dogs played a major role in the story and essentially in the development of various characters.
As you read in the description above this story is about Maggie Brennan, a charmingly neurotic pet bereavement counselor who is not only struggling with building a life and business in a new city while dealing with her pretty severe agoraphobia but also, with the recent death of her beloved dog Toby. In one of her sessions she meets frazzled Anya who is convinced that her dog has been stolen and has dedicated her life to finding him when everyone else thinks it’s too late.
For some reason when I first read the description my general impression of the book was that it was going to be a suspense novel centered around the disappearance of the a dog, I thought it may read like a “whodunnit” mystery where they scoured the city turning over clue after clue until AHA the culprit is found and there is lots of action and mystery. It wasn’t like that at all and you would think I would be disappointed but I wasn’t at all. I rather enjoyed this book…I found it funny and endearing. It was both grave and lighthearted for me since I take the subject of my dog dying so heavily but it was beautiful in the way it treated this, I found words of comfort in it that one who has suffered the loss of a loved one (pet or human) needs to hear.
I absolutely loved the main character Maggie. I loved her and all her quirks and I loved the way the author wrote her relationship with dogs and their positive impacts on her life. I love, love, loved all of the dogs we get to spend time with in this story, especially the rescue part! (I won’t give you any spoilers)
I loved this book and of course, given the subject, I cried in a few parts of the story so when you read it make sure to have a tissue within reach because it’s inevitable to cry during a read of it. At the same time, it made my heart warm…especially the ending. What a beautiful ending! Definitely recommend! Halfway through the book I was pretty sure I was going to give it a four star rating but by the time I finished I was ready to give it a five.
And oh my god, the cover!! So freaking adorable!
Meg Donohue is the author of How to Eat a Cupcake. 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, their two young daughters, and their dog.