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What the Dog Ate

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  511 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
When Maggie Baxter, a practical, rule-following accountant, finds out what her chocolate Lab ate, her world turns upside down. Maggie thought she had the rest of her life meticulously planned out, but now she needs to figure out Plan B. With her dog, Kona, as her guru, Maggie embarks on a funny, heartwarming quest in search of tail-wagging joy.
ebook, 294 pages
Published March 2012
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Jackie Bouchard
Mar 25, 2012 Jackie Bouchard rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: dogs
I read this many times - since I wrote it. :)

If you are looking for a fun read, I recommend What the Dog Ate. I hope it will bring you many smiles and laughs.
Meredith Schorr
Apr 22, 2013 Meredith Schorr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book 6 stars if I could.

Forty-one-year-old Maggie has been working her tail off as an accountant hoping to save enough money so that she and her husband Dave (her college sweetheart and only man she's ever been with) can start their dream business. Unfortunately, Dave got tired of Maggie's work-a-holic ways (even though she was doing it for him) and found himself a girlfriend. Maggie discovers Dave's indiscretion when her black lab, Kona, eats the lavender thong "that woman" l
Tracie Banister
Jun 23, 2013 Tracie Banister rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This heartwarming tale about love, life, and starting over will resonate with anyone who's ever experienced a seismic, world-crumbling shift and wondered, "What's next?" When we first meet workaholic accountant Maggie Baxter, she's presented with incontrovertible proof that her husband is having an affair. This proof comes in the form of a trashy lavender thong not belonging to her that was consumed by her Lab Kona aka the canine garbage disposal and retrieved from the dog's stomach by her vet. ...more
Jenny Whetzel
May 25, 2015 Jenny Whetzel rated it it was amazing
Such a cute story! I loved this author's easy-to-read writing style. the characters were witty and very likable. I giggled and cried. I think any woman can pretty much relate to the story and/or events that happened. I can't wait to read more from this author!
Aug 18, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
What a fun book! (Four stars if you don't "get" dogs)

Maggie Is quite upset and it isn't the $700+ vet bill that did it. No, it's the sexy purple panties the vet handed her (Kona, her chocolate Lab, eats everything). It's more the fact she wears underwear - large and white -that has her fuming. The biggest surprise of the day, though, is when her husband fesses up, grabs his suitcase and heads out the door.

Maggie is lost. All she's done for too long is work. Days, evenings, weekends, her career
Jan 15, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to laugh and this book provided so many opportunities for just that!

As I got into the book I had to remind myself it was fiction and not non-fiction. Though it could have easily been based on someone's life, I liked the fact I was forgetting if it was not a true story. The book read so easily as if I was watching someone's life unfold.

Though sad moments of heartache with character Maggie's relationship with her husband, as well as, feelings of unhappiness with her job, I love how Kona the
Sim Carter
Nov 16, 2012 Sim Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The vet handed Maggie Baxter a plastic specimen bag containing a pair of size-tiny, lavender thong panties extracted from her dog; but they were not hers. Or rather, they were hers now since she’d just paid $734 to have Dr. Carter surgically remove them from Kona’s guts."

From that very first sentence of the opening paragraph of What the Dog Ate, when we see the vet extricate that teensy pair of lavender thong panties from the guts of Maggie's dog, Kona, we fear the worse and yet we can't help s
Feb 21, 2013 Lora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
What an enjoyable, fun read. I found myself laughing out loud several times with the author's wittiness and comical ways of saying things. I liked that there wasn't too many characters to get caught up in or to distract from the story. It was believable and unlike one readers opinion for the main character to stop whining and get on with her life.... That's exactly what she was doing and in a very comical way most times. You just couldn't help but ride that roller coaster of feelings with her! A ...more
Apr 18, 2012 Louisa rated it it was amazing
I'm not one to use acronyms and I especially despise that all too used LOL but I feel that after reading 'What the Dog Ate' by Jackie Bouchard I feel like I indeed have LOL'd and even did a little ROTFL! 'What the Dog Ate' is funny and refreshing. From the opening chapter where the main character finds out her husband is cheating when their Vet pulls out another womans sexy underware to the disaster that is Maggie's dating life after her husband asks for a divorce. You will fall in love with Mag ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Bridget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from Goodreads first reads.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book. The characters were likeable, and the plot was well-paced. I had an idea about what would happen in the end, and I was right, but there were still some surprises, which I loved. I think if I had a dog, I would have given it 5 stars :). If we get a dog (which is likely in the future), I'll be sure to re-read it and see if I view things differently!
Apr 13, 2013 Drue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out loud funny. Great story with hope for a life beyond the craptastic husband, with a few great characters thrown into the mix. Really enjoyed this ebook..
Dec 10, 2012 Renee rated it it was amazing

All I can say is I love Kona the lab who eats anything! I had a friend who was the Mommy to a lab and if I didn't see it myself I wouldn't believe it but he ate a rock once. So poor Maggie is really upset when she ends up at the vet with Kona. Poor guy was so sick. Then she gets the bill and what they got from Kona's belly. BOTH were bad news. The sexy purple thong panties the vet handed her were not hers. Maggie figures that while she was away at the conference for 3 days someone was wearing pa
Kathleen Paterka
Aug 03, 2013 Kathleen Paterka rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I am not one to normally read books which center around animals… especially when it comes to man’s best friend. Books about animals, especially dogs, have a way of bringing out my emotional side. I end up worrying all through the read that the animal might end up hurt, or (horror of all horrors!) dead. So imagine my reluctance when a friend raved about a book she had just finished by a debut author by the name of Jackie Bouchard: WHAT THE DOG ATE. A book about a dog? My friend was in ...more
Cindy Roesel
Jun 19, 2013 Cindy Roesel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So here's the thing: You're guaranteed to get me to buy, read and most likely, love your novel if you put a dog on the cover of your book. That's what fellow Goddess, Jackie Bouchard has done with WHAT THE DOG ATE and after reading it, all I can say is it's so incredibly funny and well-written, I just can't wait for her next novel!

Of course, if anyone knows anything about me they know first and foremost, I'm a dog freak. It's all about my shih tzu, Sassy and dog rescue, so just I fell head over
Received a copy of this from the awesomely generous author.

What a fantastic read. Definitely geared towards the 'chick lit' crowd but falls in that hard-to-find sub-category of 'thinking woman's chick lit'.

This was my 1st read of 2014 and I could not have chosen a better one! I came out of a HUGE reading slump in 2013 and this perked me right up and gave me hope that there were still books out there that could, in fact, keep my attention.

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Libby Mercer
Mar 09, 2013 Libby Mercer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I want to adopt a puppy!

As far as opening chapters go, What The Dog Ate is one of my all time faves. Anyone who's had a dog knows what mischief our furry friends can get up to, and the way Jackie Bouchard used the fictional canine to reveal the inciting plot point is absolutely brilliant.This is a fantastic story about starting over. It's about Maggie dusting herself off after being hit with a bombshell, reassessing her priorities and creating a new life for herself. She's a feisty (and reso
Jul 06, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Loved it! Cannot believe this is the author's first book. She has a talent for writing realistic, fun dialogue (and thoughts of the character). Many laugh out loud moments and she GETS owning dogs - the interactions with Kona and Maggie were perfect. Obviously the author lives with and loves dogs. You know that you are reading a good book when you are so absorbed in the story that you didn't realize you were at the end (e-book, so this is possible!). I would have loved an epilogue. I appreciate ...more
Elaine Davis
Sep 06, 2012 Elaine Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to thank Goodreads for allowing me to enter the contest and win a copy of 'What the Dog Ate'.

This book will surprise and delight you. The author's insight in human/dog relationships is absolutly perfect and her sense of humor is entertaining.

The story is about a woman who discovers that her life plans, dreams and goals are stolen from her. She is on a path to rediscovering herself and along the way she has a few good friends to help her, especially her dog. The path she takes is bumpy,
Mar 05, 2014 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like Jackie Bouchard as a writer. She is someone who enjoys her craft and thinks hard about her characterisation. I am not someone who is generally drawn to "women's fiction" as a genre (can't believe I actually used the word genre!!) but the characters draw you in and you want to know how things work out. I preferred her second novel "Rescue Me, Maybe" to which I gave 5 stars, hence this gets 4. But she does not disappoint. And of course any books which features a dog (or cat!!!) will ...more
Feb 18, 2016 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What the Dog Ate is by Jackie Bouchard. It is a hilarious novel about love, divorce, dogs, friends, and hope. It stresses the need to moderate your work time and remember that taking care of yourself and your family is important too. Although the story is serious, it is still funny at the same time.
Maggie was happy to be home from the accounting conference as it wasn’t the most entertaining conference; but it was essential to her business. She knew Kona was waiting on her along with Dave. She a
Jan 16, 2013 Carla_Collette rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
3 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed this fun, light read about a woman forced to recreate her life and her dreams. The book abounds with warmth and humor. The characters are quirky, human and likeable, and I found myself staying up too late to see what would happen next. I'm not a big dog person, but I should note that dogs figure prominantly in the book, and dog lovers will no doubt appreciate the associated humor.

I received this book free as a promotion from the author.
Dec 30, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book and Stay by Allie Larkin are so far my favorite chick-lit-featuring-a-dog books. Funny, real, heartfelt, good read. As someone already mentioned, there aren't too many characters being juggled around to keep straight and I like that as well. If you've ever been betrayed or had your heart broken, I just love books like this that focus on the aftermath and transformation. I'm not even done with this book yet, and I've slowed down because I don't want it to end!
Feb 02, 2016 Bookytrish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished What The Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard and it was bloody fantastic. I recently read her other book for the first time Rescue Me, Maybe which was a very different experience because although I enjoyed reading it, at times I felt I didn't relate to the main character at all (but that's a whole other review). Anyway I enjoyed that book so downloaded this one once payday had arrived and I loved it. I didn't want it to end and as I finished the last chapter my first thought was I ho ...more
Jan 28, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Loved the way Jackie Bouchard took her time with the characters and developed them. Loved Maggie and her thought process, regarding the events and people in her life. Loved Kona and his antics.
Most romance novels are fast-paced. Jackie took the time to explain almost every detail of Maggie's life, as if we were one in the same.
I'm looking forward to reading another Jackie Bouchard book.
Juli Townsend
Dec 10, 2013 Juli Townsend rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an easy, light read, with touches of humour and a dog. Maggie is devastated when her husband abandons her for another woman, a not uncommon scenario, but what was different about this story was the author's brilliant use of the dog in the story. Maggie decides to to make choices based on what her dog would choose. It was a clever tool.
Feb 28, 2013 Pup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! Jackie Bouchard has a unique voice and obviously knows how to engage her readers. I laughed, I cried... it was a fun read, and I can't wait to see what Jackie has in store for us next.

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Mar 23, 2013 Midge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked on this novel from the first sentence: "The vet handed Maggie Baxter a plastic specimen bag containing a pair of size-tiny, lavender thong panties extracted from her dog, but they were not hers." Clever, witty, and romantic, this book is tons of fun!
Feb 04, 2014 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and funny...would be a good beach read.
Kelly Brown
I honestly give this a 3.75, almost a 4. I really did like it, but I rated another book by Jackie Bouchard 4 stars, and I liked that one just a bit more. This one centers around a workaholic named Maggie, who finds out her husband is cheating on her by the panties her dog Kona ate, which had to be surgically removed. Readers follow Maggie and Kona on their life after Dave (the ex) and through Maggie's life changing decisions. I loved Kona. He held his own as a major character throughout the book ...more
Kay Van Slyke
Jan 27, 2013 Kay Van Slyke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would really give this book a 4.5. I loved it! Great characters and who wouldn't love the chocolate lab. I'd definitely be interested in reading more from this author. What a great first time novel!
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Jackie Bouchard used to be trapped in the hamster wheel of corporate America, but she was lucky enough to escape and now fully understands the term "struggling writer." Jackie loves: reading, writing, and, yes, even 'rithmetic (seriously, algebra rocks); professional cycling; margaritas; blogging (she never thought she'd say that, but she does); dogs in general, and her crazy rescue pup specifical ...more
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“I Mean come on, if they can put a man on the moon, we ought to be able to put one in your bedroom.” 1 likes
“So... I'm attempting this new thing, where I try to think more like Kona. I ask myself what he would do in any given situation, and then try to act like him."

"You're planning to sniff people's crotches and eat everything that isn't nailed down?”
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