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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.
Paperback, 285 pages
Published July 11th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 1st 2012)
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Jackie Bouchard
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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.
Melodie
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Maggie Baxter's world comes crashing down, she does what most people do. She wallows. She wallows and clings to the constant in her life...her dog Kona.But wallowing will not get you very far. So follows Maggie's rebuilding her life with all the fits, false starts and progress. And through it all Kona is her rock and mentor.
I enjoyed the humor mixed with the pathos, and found Maggie's journey pretty realistic. Who hasn't had to do some rebuilding in their lives?And Kona. As a dog lover an
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Erin Lewis
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Star review of What The Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard
Audio Review:
Jackie Bouchard and narrator Aisling Gray are both relatively new to me. What a way to find out your husband is cheating on you, having the vet hand you a bag with panties that your dog has swallowed which aren’t yours.
That’s the position Maggie Baxter finds herself in when her husband leaves her for the other woman. Left with her faithful companion Kona, Maggie is left to wonder what to do now. This was a book that had me laughin
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Meredith Schorr
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Tracie Banister
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Krystyn
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Live life like your dog!!!

That may possibly be the greatest piece of advice I have ever received from a book! Need to re-invent yourself? What would your dog do? Need to be more active? What would your dog do? Need to make new friends? What would your dog do? Well.... maybe not that last one, but you get the point. This book follows the journey of a woman who is doing just this! Follow Maggie's journey to re-invent herself by stopping and thinking "What would Kona do?"

The narration was great! Th
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Jan Miller
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard is full of so many realistic emotions and situations. Kona is a lab after my heart. His person is Maggie, and this is part of their story. I found the imagery in this book to be so well done, I could envision so much. I found this story had some great humor, some parts I wanted to cry, and some full of joy and hope. Aisling Gray performs this book with perfection. I could easily hear who was speaking, and she added to my enjoyment of the book. She brought the ...more
Jenna
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook version of this book.

Super cute story! A Maggie's life is basically turned upside down after discovering what the dog (Kona) ate. Maggie and Kona end up going on a new adventure and we get to experience different emotions as Maggie is dealing with the fall out and recovering from the discovery. Loved Maggie as a character. I would have liked more from the ending as far as romance, regardless, I'm very satisfied with how it turned out. A fun story with some very reali
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Nicola J Hardy
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
AUDIOBOOK

Grab life by the (tennis) balls

I loved this story! anything with romance and dogs is always going to be a winner for me , Jackie bouchard writes brilliant stories and Aisling grey narrates them just as brilliantly

a fun laugh out loud story that will make you want to live your life more dog
Laura Lee
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Listened to on tape. Narrated by one of my faves, Aisling Gray. Looking forward to next book.
Debbie Nutt
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Going through a divorce my self, I loved following Maggie through pulling her self up off the ground and moving on with Kona. It wasn't one of my usual suspense/romance or action filled book but it did hook me in right from the start. It is not to often that a book literally makes me laugh and cry but this one did. And Dave can suck it...
Sim Carter
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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
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Carol
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Barbara
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Lora
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Louisa
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bridget
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Drue
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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..
Patty
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while, I need a good chick lit book to keep me entertained. When this one popped up, I jumped on it. After all, look at that cover! What a cute dog! Kona is Maggie's dog and her most trusted friend. After her husband, Dave was caught cheating on her in the funniest way possible, Maggie finds herself wallowing in her own pity. But now she is going to pick herself up and get her life back on track. With a group of characters that are both endearing and funny, we get to take Maggie' ...more
Sashiel "Shy" Gawerecki
Audiobook review:

This book felt like kind of a palette cleanser for me. Normally I read romance that are heavy on the romance and plot and characters. This book was fairly light on the romance but there was enough of it there to satisfy me. The reason I feel like it was light, was because I felt like this book was more about a woman finding happiness in her life in multiple aspects, not just romantic ones. She went through major changes on the relationship front, but she really found herself. Al
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Laura
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is a charming tale about starting over when you thought you had already settled in for the long haul. I loved how this book started with the vet finding that Maggie's, the MC, dog had eaten the mistress's panties. You gotta laugh and cry over that one - what a way to find out your husband has been engaged in extracurricular activities. Soon, Maggie has to figure out how to start
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Bette
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Wonderful Story & Audible Listen🎧 5 Star Narration🎧🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

What the Dog Ate

By: Jackie Bouchard
Narrated by: Aisling Gray

This is a cute and original story that is well written and well told. It grabs you right from the start and holds your attention until the end. The storylines are interesting and the characters are well developed. The star of the book is Kona, Maggie Baxter’s dog and what Kona ate is the start of the story. Kona makes numerous appearances throughout the book, as Maggie tries to l
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Lisa
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This story took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. I loved certain characters and disliked others. Some I had hope for that they would become something more.

I loved how she had to spell or use pig Latin on certain words.....because of the dog. I also enjoyed how she compared her life to her dogs. When she referenced love...it’s like the dogs wagging tail. It should go back and forth. Everything in her life was prefaced with this question “What would Kona (dog) do?” Great way to think of things
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Sally
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
What the Dog Ate is a tender, sweet story with a lot of heart and a lot of humor. Many of us will identify with Maggie Baxter. She is so busy following each step of her life plan, playing by the rules of course, that she doesn’t even realize when things change and her husband now apparently finds her boring. I laughed out loud when I learned what the dog really did eat, but I also cried at Maggie’s heartbreak and got mad on her behalf at the injustice of it all. Maggie is at such a loss, she had ...more
Mandy Sawyer
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing on/off all the way through. Great humour and fantastic characters. Aisling gives these characters likeable personalities. Great job.
Taintedrose76 Christina
this is my 2nd book by this author I'm a new fan for sure.
quirky funny and spot on dating scene this book had me chuckling along with the fun bits and akward moments.
great book
Cindy Roesel
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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
Mary Lou Hoffman
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audiobook
WHAT THE DOG ATE is a stand-alone romantic comedy.

I was mad and crying through most of the book. Why the hell was Jackie Bouchard fictionalizing my life story? There are so many women who have worked their asses off to make their homes and their marriages wonderful, to make the family dreams realities, just to find out that while they were working, their other half was amusing themselves in another playground! Then I set aside my personal crap (thy name is Wade) and enjoyed Kona, Maggie, and her
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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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