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Dog Lovers Book Delivers a Heartwarming Tale and Contest

Jackie Bouchard dog book

Dog lovers, your time has come. I am a sucker for a tale well told that involves drama, a dog, and the promise that the dog won’t die in the end. If you are like me and like dog-friendly fiction without the fear of a tearjerker end, then prepare to fall in love with the latest title from writer, Jackie Bouchard, House Trained.

Fidose of Reality is a health and wellness blog for dog lovers of the highest order. As part of the content we deliver, keeping dog moms and dog dads well informed is important to us. House Trained is one of those books you curl up with, start reading, and then 4 hours later, you are still engulfed in the prose. I love books that grab me and make me feel like a familiar friend is present in at least one of the characters.

In a nutshell, the book’s premise is this: Alex Halstad, a childless-by-choice interior designer and dog mom, is a true perfectionist. But her orderly life turns chaotic when the teenage daughter her husband, Barry, never knew he had shows up on their doorstep…with a baby girl of her own in tow. While Alex’s dog enthusiastically welcomes the new arrivals, Alex struggles with the loss of her steady routine. She desperately needs peace and quiet to get her business back on track before Barry finds out she’s spent most of their savings. Meanwhile, the arrival of the girls stirs up old insecurities, and Alex can’t help but worry that Barry’s ex will make an entrance too. With her tidy life a distant memory, will Alex be able to learn from her dog the true meaning of love and acceptance?

Jackie Bouchard dog book

Excerpt Cases in Point

“She holds her hand out and lets the dog sniff at it. The dog noses her hand, trying to work some snout and ear rubs out of the girl.”

Who among us hasn’t been there, done that in a situation with a dog?

“Ruthie begins to fuss, and I realize the giant army-green purse Wren left us to use as a diaper bag still sits, forgotten, at home. How could I be so stupid? One thing dogs and babies have in common is their need for poop patrol….”

Isn’t that the truth?!

And Bouchard is masterful in her weaving of oh-so-canine-laden metaphors and similes that are not in the slightest bit cheesy, but rather, spot on for dog lovers.

“In the wee hours of Sunday, we wake, once again, to shrieking. So much for the last couple nights of Ruthie sleeping like a worn-out puppy.”

Character Driven

I am a voracious reader who loves a story full of characters that I actually care for and want to read more… Alex, Ruthie, and the other characters in House Trained are my kind of people. They love dogs, too: So what’s not to like?

As I embark on my first book, Bouchard is definitely an influence for me in the fine art of writing. This is the second Jackie Bouchard book I’ve read and both times, I wish the pages went on and on. She is THAT good.


Get Your Copy or Try to Win One: Giveaway Closed

Of course, we can’t keep all of this goodness to ourselves. Jackie Bouchard has graciously offered a copy of House Trained to one lucky Fidose of Reality fan. To enter, simply enter the name of a dog who has touched your life in the comments below. We’ll draw one name at random on 02/26/16. US only, please. Complete rules and regulations here.

If you can’t wait to see if you win, grab a copy of House Trained here, available in a variety of formats.

Winner is Kia of Come Wag Along.com!!!!!! Congrats!



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  1. i have 3 4 legged girls, Evie, Tressa and Harley. all have touched my heart in so many ways. However, Evie is veryspecial since she is near the end of her life. I got Evie when she was 6 wks old, i was her 3rd owner. Evie chose me to be her mom. i have been looking at other mini schnauzers but Evie came right over to me and wanted to play and hug. Evie was a savior to my mother, whom loved her from the very beginning. my mother loved baby sitting. as my mother had more health issues, Evie would pull my mother down the hallways in her wheel chair. she would make my mother get up and exercise and crawl into bed with her and snuggle. Evie loved my mother, sometimes i think more than she loved me. Evie would play music in the phone when i would call my mother. i would tell Evie, grandma is on the phone and Evie would go get her favorite toy and play music in the receiver. my mother loved it. Evie has always been a people person, she loved going to the assistant living facility and having all of the seniors pet and hug her. Evie has a little dementia now and some other health issues. however, i hope that she will live a few more year. Evie is so smart, she was a fast learner. Evie has never been mean to another dog or person, never even growled. She was always a very happy girl. someday the old Evie will appear for a few minutes or so, she still tried to play some ball which was her favorite pasttime, playing kickball, soccer. now she just likes to run around, sleep and eat. last nite, she made me laugh really hard because although it was not ready for dinner, she kept telling me it was by trying to take her waterbowl and throw it. i am having a large oil painting of her done now. she will always be my baby, no matter how old she is and will be do everything i can to help her live a happy, healthy painfree life as long as she can.

  2. There have been so many, it’s difficult to choose just one. There was my childhood best friend, a Boxer named Kelly. There was my first dog as an adult, Mojo, who was the smartest dog I have ever known. Adopted from a shelter, She was with me throughout my pregnancy, divorce and helped me raise my daughter as a single mom. Without her, I don’t know how I would have gotten through those hard times.

    There was sweet Chloe, my rescue Golden, who was a dog with the purest heart.

    Then came Lad, my first collie, he had a larger than life personality, and he challenged me and made me laugh every day of his too short life.
    (And of course my current cast of characters, who fill my home with love.)

  3. Each dog I’ve had has brought something new and exciting into my life. Unfortunately I can’t enter, but this is a book I’m going to keep my eye opened for!

  4. Coco might be the only dog I have owned but she is definitely my heart dog. I can’t imagine life without her. She has the best thing that has ever come into my life. She is also a present from my grandpa who promised me that whenever I could get a dog he would get it for me. And he did. He passed away right before I was able to bring her home. He kept asking my dad when she is going to bring the puppy home because I don’t think I’m going to be around much longer. Unfortunately he was right. I put a picture of Coco in his coffin so that he would be able to see what she looked like. She is forever a memory of my Papa and the last present my Papa ever gave me. She’s very special to me and always will be.

  5. Oh goodness, just one dog that has touched my heart? Of course I have to say Baby, since she is our recent fur angel. Her life was hard, she was a puppy mill survivor, but she was always happy and with the best little attitude, even when she was sick with cancer.

  6. My Lady Girl was rescued by me after 4 yrs in a shelter. She is my best friend!!! My Pookie is the puppy in the family and she is a treasure and a terror!!

  7. I cant remember a moment when one of my dogs – past and present hasn’t touched my life/heart. Starting out with Abraham when I was 18. Boone, Bud, Willie, Pazzo, Roman, Autumn, Summer and Parker followed. Summer is still with me, and brings a smile to my face every day.

  8. Every one of my dogs has touched my life, but my last dog, Willow, and my current dog, Seven, have definitely left huge paw prints on my heart.

  9. My sweet cocker Hudson is the love of my life. Thankful today and everyday for that little fur ball of joy! 🙂

  10. Sounds like a great book. Pia Pia is truly our angel. She saved our marriage, our family and gave my husband the confidence to go out again. Without her I don’t think I would have truly understand what devoted love really was/is.

  11. Every one of my furbabies – both dog and cat – have touched my life. Right now, though, I’m still mourning the loss of my deaf hound girl, Ran, who passed last April after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder the first of last year. I still have trouble making it through the day without her, even though my other furbabies are by my side. I think it’s in large part because the rest are also bonded with the other two-legged family members, while Ran was my personal soul mate. I know I’ll never find another dog like her, but for the next dog I adopt (my senior girl, Suki, isn’t in the condition to have a new dog come into the house right now), I would love to adopt another special needs hound. Deaf, blind, tri-pod, etc. (I don’t think our house would be able to handle a Coonhound with a wheelchair, or I’d consider a bi-ped, too.

  12. I’m momma’s baby!! I will definitely get this book – thanks for bringing to my attention. Momma and dadz adopt a number of dogs and each has his or her own unique love to give/receive – specially da oldies!

  13. I read Rescue Me, Maybe – She’s an awesome writer and I look forward to getting this off of Amazon asap. Did I see you saw you are embarking on your first book! Congrats – I cannot wait to read it.

  14. This book sounds adorable! I love books that star pets. 🙂 Cats and dogs have very interesting ways of viewing the world (especially as fictional characters).

  15. Artie has touched our family’s lives in such a positive way. He is always at my wife’s side when she is suffering from a migraine. He loves to go on adventures and his excitement is catching. We are so blessed to have adopted him.

  16. Artie is our rescue dog that has touched our lives. He comforts and guards my wife when she has a migraine. He also loves to go on adventures and car rides are the best. We are so blessed to have adopted him.

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