Book Review: Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun

dogs-just-wanna-have-funA fun, well-written book.

Jass Richards has written a lively collection of dog stories, tied together by Brett, a woman who’s had a hard time hanging on to traditional jobs. She already has two dogs, Kessie and Snookums, and she likes nothing better than to hang out with them. Why not make this interest an enterprise and get paid for something she loves?

Brett easily acquires four regular “customers,” Chum, Hunk, Little Miss, and Spunky Doo, and they rotate their daily activities between going to the beach, dog park, field, or whatever else comes along. And plenty of other things come along.

Jocko won’t leave his property, Carson won’t come into the house, Rosie is a depressed former race dog. Biscuit refuses to go on walks, and Winner, a blue-and-grey Australian shepherd is an over-achieving herder. Amber is a distraught search-and-rescue dog, Toby a wall-flower unless he has his turtle costume on. Cookie, a puppy-mill casualty, sees the light of day, probably for the first time in her life. Can Brett and the pack help Bo and his person compete in serious frisbee competition? And can Brett and her pack help Nisha, a blind lab, swim again?

The author’s descriptions of the various breeds and their problems are poignant and heart-warming. As a dog lover, I enjoyed the stories and could relate to many of the situations. The main human character, Brett, is funny in a caustic, quirky sort of way, with a heart for dogs in need and a propensity for knowing how to have fun with them.

Author, Jass Richards, is a comedic writer, philosophic, atheist, and feminist, who writes funny bits and pieces, and novels. In sum, she is a sit-down feminist-atheist comic. She’s also has written stand-up material, monologues, the script for a one-woman show, and more! To contact her, visit:
To purchase Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun, see all links listed at the end of this post, below.
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With thanks to:
Mary Trimble who graciously wrote this review for MyMagicDog. An award winning author, Mary’s books (they’re wonderful!) include heart-tugging stories of women in the west, a memoir of her time in Africa (Tubob: Two Years in West Africa with the Peace Corps) and a heart-pounding memoir of many people’s fantasy when she and her husband gave up their jobs and took off to see the world in a sailboat (Sailing with Impunity: Adventure in the South Pacific).
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Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun may be purchased through any of the following links.  Note the special discount via SmashWords for our readers!  If our readers use coupon code WX34E at smashwords, you can get 50% off.

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5 Responses to Book Review: Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun

  1. Norman W. Wilson December 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    Mary always does an excellent review. A touch of laughter is needed during these uncertain times in the world.

  2. Kathleen Kaska December 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    Thanks for passing on the information about Richards’ book. It would make a great Christmas present for dog lovers!

  3. Mary E. Trimble December 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    It is an honor to appear on your blog, Patricia. As I mentioned, Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun is a fun, poignant read.

  4. Marie Grime December 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    Sounds like a GREAT book to escape to, perhaps on a quiet Florida beach, if we can find one. I have a resolution in the works to enjoy reading more than in the past, and I think this book will be high on that priority list.

    Hope y’all have a wonderful holiday, and give Mattie a hug for me.

  5. Jass Richards December 27, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    Thanks, Mary, for a wonderful review!

    And thanks, Patricia, for your site!

    (And if there are any other dog book writers who need a reviewer, I’d love to be considered!)


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