Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue


DOG CRAZYThe 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.

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 My Review

I have a dog.  His name is Max, and although it wasn’t my decision to get him, I love him like he was my son.  To lose him would be (will be) devastating.  I have had two dogs that have passed away. One (Pepe) when I was in junior high, and one (Buffy) when I was in my first full-time job.  Granted, those two were my “brothers”, but I felt their loss deeply. This book made me remember them and I miss them.

Maggie is a grief counselor for people who have lost their pets.  When she moves across the country to start a new life  Her best friend and dog, Toby, dies shortly after the move, leading Maggie to run her counselling business in her home because his loss triggered agoraphobia.  A new client forces Maggie to face her fears, so that she can help her find her dog or at least deal with his loss.

Maggie finds more than her courage by the end of the book she finds love in more ways than one.

Although I felt the beginning of the book was a little drawn out, I did enjoy this book.  There is a romance in this book, and not just about a dog.  It takes a while to happen, but once it does, it is sweet.

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Meg Donohue is the USA Today bestselling author of How to Eat a Cupcake and All the Summer Girls. 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 young daughters, and dog.


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March 20, 2015 10:59 pm

Thank you so much for hosting DOG CRAZY!