Dog Days by Elsa Watson


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“Dog Days” gives a much better interpretation of what it could be like to experience life as another species.
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In Elsa Watson's Dog Days, struggling café owner Jessica Sheldon volunteered to be the chairperson of Woofinstock, Madrona's annual dog festival, to overcome her reputation as "number one dog hater" in her dog crazy Northwestern town. Determined to prove her dog-loving credentials, Jessica rescues Zoe, a stray white German shepherd— and in the process the two are struck by lightning.

Jessica wakes to discover paws where her feet should be, and watches in horror as her body staggers around the town square…. Zoe and Jessica have switched bodies. Learning to live as a dog is difficult enough, but Jessica's real worry is saving her café from financial ruin. To complicate matters, she's falling hard for Max, the town veterinarian.

It's clear that Zoe is thrilled to live life on "human terms," thoroughly relishing all of the fun and food Woofinstock has to offer. But Zoe is also anxious to use her new human skills to find her missing family—who may not want her back. And Jessica needs to confront a complicated figure from her past before she can move on with her life.

Jessica and Zoe will need to learn from each other to set things right, and possibly find acceptance and love in the bargain.


About Elsa Watson

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From 1996 to 1998, Elsa Watson served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, where she began writing novels, all in longhand. She now lives on an island in Washington State with her husband, cat, and two dogs. Her short work has appeared in the Writers Journal, Snowy Egret, and Renaissance Magazine.  Elsa is proud to live by the motto: any day on which you pet a dog is a good day. Visit her on the web at
Published May 22, 2012 by Tor Books. 353 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Apr 09 2012

...adorable PG-rated love story provides a sweetly imagined answer, with smart poetic justice in the end.

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Dear Author

Reviewed by Jayne on Jun 11 2012

“Dog Days” gives a much better interpretation of what it could be like to experience life as another species.

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Drey's Library

Reviewed by Drey on Jul 26 2012

Read this in the shade with a tall glass of something cold for a fresh, light-hearted look at the relationship between a dog and its human.

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Chick Lit Plus

Reviewed by Samantha on Jun 01 2012

I laughed so hard throughout this entire book... Most definitely one for your to-read list!

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Seeing Night Book Reviews

Reviewed by Kristen on Jun 11 2012

There was some quirky humor and a little bit of repetitive moments, but in the end this is a book that will make you smile.

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Book Passion for Life

Reviewed by Donna on May 19 2012

All in all, Dog Dogs is a freaky and enjoyable book – one that any non-animal lover will fall for and one that animal lovers will automatically love and I look forward to seeing more work from this author.

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Book Twirps

Reviewed by O'Dell on Jun 05 2012

Ms. Watson does a wonderful job driving the plot forward and switches between Jessica and Zoe’s first-person narrative effortlessly, giving each of them a distinct voice.

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To Read or Not To Read

Reviewed by Marcie on Jun 11 2012

If you don't have a dog, you're probably going to go out and adopt one after you read this book.

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Below average
Reviewed by Megan on May 30 2012

It seemed to be more of a series of events connected by random threats than a cohesive line.

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Change the Word

Reviewed by Laura Chapman on May 24 2012

A great poolside read for summer, Dog Days is a solid read that will make even non-pet lovers smile.

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Elle 5 Sep 2013

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