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DOG CRAZY: A Novel of Love Lost and Found ~Meg Donohue

“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.”  (Book cover)

DOG CRAZY came my way via TLC BOOK TOURS for review and it was a delightful addition to a very busy week.  The uncorrected proof came in paperback form and just tucked into my carry bag for a week of medical appointments (“Growing Old is Not for Sissies”~ Jack Benny) and my husband even dove into it when he was the designated driver and water bottle handler.

Maggie Brennan is making big changes in her life by leaving her mom and dad who live in Philadelphia and moving to a new apartment in San Francisco; starting a Pet Bereavement Therapy Practice on her own.  The apartment is within her former roommate’s home so not everything is new.  Maggie’s mother is agoraphobic and has not left her house without heavy medication for nearly 30 years.   Maggie also has her trusty dog Toby to help her make the transition.

Maggie sets out in San Francisco to make the connections to start her practice and finds an animal rescue group who refers her first clients and she is able to do lots of volunteering for them on their website.  Apparently, Toby was only meant to assist with the move and the actual living this new life with Maggie was not on the list and he becomes ill and dies.  This causes major problems for Maggie and threatens to ruin this new opportunity.

Along comes a very “INTERESTING” young woman who believes her dog has been stolen and does not want any therapy for her missing dog, just assistance in walking SF to find him.  With Anya in need and with “the assistance of a poodle, a mutt, and Basset retriever named Seymour” the funny, poignant story begins to unfold creating healing.

This story had a gentle voice in the telling, and I would have loved to take this story and my own pooch to the beach to savor.  It so reminded me of the Women’s Magazines full of short stories that my mother loved to read in the late afternoon with a cup of tea.  This tail/tale is about 255 pages long and I could pick it up and put it down with out losing the story line or any of the dog identities.  It was an easy to read study of how we humans handle loss and fear and that everything changes with one step at a time.  Very entertaining – DOG CRAZY.

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, children, and dog.    (From Book cover)

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6 Responses to “DOG CRAZY: A Novel of Love Lost and Found ~Meg Donohue”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    “With Anya in need and with “the assistance of a poodle, a mutt, and Basset retriever named Seymour” the funny, poignant story begins to unfold creating healing.”

    I’m all over this read — thank you Patricia!
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    Patricia Reply:

    Laurie
    I bet you will enjoy this read

    I am missing my lovely 2 miles with Zip these days Hoping those walks will return soon
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  2. Sara Says:

    Well, the picture on the book got me half-way there, but your review took me the rest of way:~)

    I hope you’re feeling better. We’re being “pollinated” where I live and it’s driving me crazy. Everything outside as a coating of yellow-green. Fortunately, we’re due for rain and maybe it will wash some of it away.
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    Patricia Reply:

    Sara
    I so enjoyed this book – beach and funny dog walks…very good

    I am in the middle still of too many medical tests, I think they are all whispering MS behind me….Maybe I do not wish to know. Reading is still fine – writing is slow paced and word retrieval slow on the new medications.

    Heavy rain and then a sunny day – today feels like 70…I want for my deck chair for lunch
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  3. Heather J. @ TLC Says:

    This does sounds like a perfect book for a day by the water with dogs running around and relaxing in the sand. That’s my kind of a day!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Your welcome Heather – this was a gem