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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,720 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Merrill Markoe Narrator: Renée Raudman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Filled with sharp wit, biting humor, and canine conversation that would make Doctor Dolittle’s jaw drop, Merrill Markoe’s engaging, cleverly written novel is about the confusing search for love and the divine acts of dog.

Dawn Tarnauer’s life isn’t exactly a success story. Already twice divorced, the young Californian is too busy job-hopping to start a career, her current boyfriend insists on living “off the grid,” her life-coach sister perpetually interferes with incomprehensible affirmations, her eccentric mother is busy promoting the culmination of her life’s work—the Every Holiday Tree—and her father is ending his brief third marriage while scheduling two dates for the same night.

Dawn’s only source of security and comfort, it seems, is Chuck, a pit-bull mix from the pound. So, when her boyfriend announces that he’s leaving her for another woman, a despairing Dawn turns to Chuck for solace. “I should have said something sooner,” Chuck confides, as he tries to console her. “Couldn’t you smell her on his pants?” Dawn is stunned. It’s one thing to talk to your pets, but what do you do when they start talking back?

It’s not just Chuck, either; she can hear all dogs—and man’s best friend has a lot to say. The ever-enthusiastic Chuck offers his tried-and-true advice on the merits of knocking over garbage and strewing it everywhere, auxiliary competitive peeing etiquette, and the curative powers of tossing a ball. Doubtful of her own sanity, Dawn considers that, in the ways of life and love, it might be better to trust Chuck’s doggie instincts instead of her own.

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  • “Markoe’s fans will delight in her hilarious doggy dialogue, as when Chuck enlightens his owner on the topic of urination: ‘There’s two kinds of peeing,’ he says. ‘There’s regular peeing, because you have to pee. And then there’s auxiliary competitive peeing. For acquiring an empire. I’m all about the real estate.’”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lani | 2/20/2014

    " Silly book, but not bad. Good for a cheap read, some endearing moments. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Republican4 | 2/18/2014

    " Anyone that has had a cat or a dog will love this book. It was laugh out loud in public funny. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Molly scovel | 2/13/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was cute how she was able to talk to her pets. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Pants | 2/4/2014

    " aw cute and fun - hearted it "

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About the Author
Author Merrill Markoe

Merrill Markoe has won a number of Emmy Awards for her comedy writing on Late Night with David Letterman. She has written for numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, New York Woman, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as television shows, such as Moonlighting and Sex and the City. Merrill is the author of several books of humorous essays and the novels It’s My F—ing Birthday and What the Dogs Have Taught Me. She is also coauthor, with Andy Prieboy, of the novel The Psycho Ex Game.