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Dog Book Review: What the Dog Ate

What the Dog Ate is what I would call a midlife novel about a woman who reinvents her life and her career after a veterinarian pulls a pair of another woman’s underwear out of her Labrador Retriever’s tummy. Howz that for a premise?

Kudos to author Jackie Bouchard for a funny and fun summertime read.

Truth be told, I began reading What the Dog Ate during our recent hospice vigil. The novel held my attention at a time of great upset and distraction, and, I think, that says a lot about What the Dog Ate:

  • Great characters and character development, including Kona (the dog)
  • Gritty, real dialogue
  • Hilarious situations (canine and otherwise)
  • Strong plot

best dog blog, champion of my heart, book review what the dog atePlus, What the Dog Ate offers a glimpse into how anyone might reinvent themselves after a major life event — divorce or otherwise.

So, many thanks to Jackie Bouchard for letting her book keep my company at a difficult time. I appreciated the literary form of friendship more than you’ll ever know.

The best advice I found in the What the Dog Ate?

“It’s like … a dog’s tale. That’s it! True love goes back and forth, and you can’t control it. You find that person you’re in love with, and it’s gonna wag. And there’s no stopping it.”


What the Dog Ate

By Jackie Bouchard

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FTC Disclosure

Author Jackie Bouchard gave me a FREE Kindle version of What the Dog Ate to review. Otherwise, I was not compensated in any way for this post.



Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

MyKidsEatSquid - June 11, 2012

That’s great news that the book will soon be available in print. I’m one of those hold-outs that still likes to flip real pages. Sounds like a cool premise.

Living Large - June 11, 2012

This looks like a great book. I’m putting it on my summer reading list!

Barbara Techel - June 11, 2012

This looks like a wonderful book– and the fact that it helped you during a difficult time does say a lot about it. I’ll be adding this to my list to read soon.
Thank you!

Alisa Bowman - June 11, 2012

This sounds like a great book. I’m adding it to my reading queue.

kb - June 10, 2012

That is quite a feat, holding your attention at a time like that.

Heather - June 9, 2012

This sounds like a book i’d love. Anything fiction with a dog as one of the characters is my cup of tea. Can’t wait to check it out.

Alexandra - June 9, 2012

Now I’m really curious. Why did the dog eat the underwear? Guess I’ll have to read the book.

Kerry Dexter - June 9, 2012

intriguing review of what sounds like an intriguing book. glad you had it to keep you company, Roxanne.

merr - June 9, 2012

Wow…the premise is definitely catching and unique! Congrats, Jackie, and thanks for posting, Rox.

Maery Rose - June 8, 2012

Sounds like my kind of book.

Brette Sember - June 8, 2012

This sounds like a great premise for a novel! I’m going to go check it out right now. I need a new book for the weekend.

Sheryl - June 8, 2012

I love your first line of this post – it hooked me. Must be a very entertaining book!

Jackie Bouchard - June 8, 2012

Thanks for the lovely review, Roxanne. So glad the book was a welcome “escape” during such a difficult time. That was actually one of my goals in writing it – to have it be a fun break from the troubles of everyday life. 🙂

I also wanted to let your readers know that I’ve just started getting a print version in the works, so shortly it should be available in print as well as the e-book version.

Thanks again!

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