What the Dog Ate by Jackie Bouchard

What the Dog Ate

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.

Details What the Dog Ate

TitleWhat the Dog Ate
Release DateJul 11th, 2012
PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Fiction, Animals, Dogs, Humor

Reviews What the Dog Ate

  • Jackie Bouchard
    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
    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 rebu...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jenny Whetzel
    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
    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 thinkin...
  • Jan Miller
    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 a...
  • Nicola J Hardy
    AUDIOBOOKGrab life by the (tennis) ballsI 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
    Listened to on tape. Narrated by one of my faves, Aisling Gray. Looking forward to next book.
  • Debbie Nutt
    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
    "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'...
  • Carol
    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 l...
  • Barbara
    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, feeling...
  • Lora
    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 bu...
  • Louisa
    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 ...
  • Bridget
    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
    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..
  • Mary Lou Hoffman
    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 (t...
  • Patty
    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 ar...
  • Bette H
    A Wonderful Story & Audible Listen🎧 5 Star Narration🎧🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟What the Dog AteBy: Jackie BouchardNarrated by: Aisling GrayThis 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. ...
  • 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 t...
  • 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: ...
  • Renee
    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 a...
  • T
    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. (view ...
  • 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 creatin...
  • 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...
  • Amy
    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 possibl...
  • Carolyn
    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 cours...
  • Carla
    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 promot...
  • Sarah
    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 ...