Book Review: Dog Crazy

Dog CrazyWe love dog-people and to discover that a fellow writer is one of the folks in this rarefied world is indeed a pleasure.  The following post was contributed by writer-friend, Mary Trimble, whose marvelous work includes”TUBOB: Two Years in West Africa with the Peace Corps,” and, more recently, “Sailing with Impunity: Adventure in the South Pacific.”  If you haven’t read either of these books — and are up for a great adventure — run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore, or press those computer keys to order them immediately.  (You can thank me later.)
Mary also has one of the goofiest dogs ever, an irrepressible, absolutely adorable, chocolate lab, named Toby.  Interestingly, the dog at the center of the story, which Mary reviews here, is also named Toby.


Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue is a fun light read targeted toward dog lovers. It would be a bonus if you happen to live in San Francisco—the descriptions of the various districts and parks are richly described as the story unfolds.

Maggie Brennan is new to San Francisco. She and her beloved dog recently moved into the downstairs apartment of her dear friend’s house. She’s opened a business as a pet bereavement counselor. Unfortunately, she knows too well the deep feeling of bereavement. Shortly after she moves to San Francisco, her dog and constant companion of 13 years, suddenly dies.

When a disheveled Anya Ravenhurst arrives for counseling, she makes it perfectly clear that she doesn’t need counseling, she needs her dog back. She’s only there because her brother insisted she needed counseling. But what she needs, she claims, is someone to help her find Billy, her dog that’s been stolen.

That might not be such an unreasonable request except for one thing: Maggie has recently developed agoraphobia. It’s been 98 days since she’s left her apartment, since her dog, Toby, died.

Dog Crazy is a great read, loaded with wonderful physical and personality descriptions of all manner of dogs. It’s also an enlightening novel about the fear associated with agoraphobia and the extreme will power it takes to overcome an anxiety disorder. The book skillfully captures the special love between a human and her dog, the pain of separation, and the healing power between a dog and its owner.

To learn more about the author, Meg Donohue, visit

Thanks to our guest writer, author, Mary Trimble.  A fine, and prolific, writer she is the author of numerous articles and five books (three works of fiction and two memoirs).  Mary may be best known for her captivating stories about women in the west.  In fact, she is an integral part of the “Women Writing the West” annual conference.  Yet, her most recent books include her exciting adventures as a member of the Peace Corps in the Gambia, which resulted in “TUBOB: Two Years in West Africa with the Peace Corps,” and the story of her sometimes funny, sometimes terrifying experience, “Sailing with Impunity: Adventure in the South Pacific.”  If walking your dog seems a little tame these days, pick up both of these books and set out for Africa or around the world in a sailboat.  I promise, you won’t regret the adventures!
Mary Trimble

Author, Mary Trimble

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3 Responses to Book Review: Dog Crazy

  1. Mary E. Trimble July 29, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    Patricia, thank you for posting my book review on your fine blog. I appreciate your kind and generous comments. Each week I look forward to your “Magic Dog” postings on your blog. You have a knack for finding interesting topics to help dog owners understand more about our furry friends.

  2. Ann Barbas July 29, 2015 at 3:06 pm #

    Read the article about Mary Trimble. I had forgotten that she lives on Camano Island. Look forward to reading one or all of her books.

  3. Linda Ablin July 31, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

    I know all to well about pet grief. I will get Mary’s book. like Perry Como would say-“keep those cards and letters coming’ lOVE YOUR bLOG

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