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What the Dog Ate

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  222 ratings  ·  82 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.
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Published March 2012
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Jackie Bouchard
Mar 25, 2012 Jackie Bouchard rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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!

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
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
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
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
Elaine Davis
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,
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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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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!
Cute and funny...would be a good beach read.
Kay Van Slyke
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!
Julia Ramirez
This was a funny and heart warming book about finding finding life's passion. I could not put it down and really enjoyed the storyline. I'm glad I read this book and hope there will be more.
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..
I put his down at 50% and the thought of picking it back brings more tears of boredom to my eyes. The first chapter was absolutely witty and charming and just damned hilarious for anyone who has a dog that eats everything. I mean what a great way to find out your hubby is cheating on you when the dog eats his skank's undies right? Problem? It slowly went downhill after that. I missed the comedy and charm the first chapter had and this pretty much turned into what happens when you've been marrie ...more
a delightful romp which is hard to put down
Thoroughly enjoyable book. A great summer read.
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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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