Review: It’s a Dog’s Life by Dale Mayer (CR)

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This is a NOVELLA of approximately 24,000 words = 70 odd pages.

It's the first day of Ninna's job in the local animal shelter...and a dog is talking to her. Not just any dog...a fat, old, smart-alecky Basset Hound who says his name is Mosey.

She can't quit, she needs this job. And then there's the yummy vet who turns out to live across the street from her. He has a house big enough to hold a few animals - including the mouthy Mosey. With all this going on, she doesn't have time to worry about the rash of break-ins and the sense of being watched. She's too busy worrying that she's nuts.

When Ninna agrees to dog sit for the cute vet from work, she sees it as a trial at being a pet owner and a way to build on her budding relationship with the vet. For Mosey, this weekend means time to get to know each other.

For the stalker who's tracking Ninna's movements, it means...opportunity.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Ninna Bradford is starting a new job at The Lost for Options Animal Center. She is nervous about working with the animals as she has never has a pet in her life. She hesitates and has help from vet Stuart MacIntosh to start her first day. The center is crazy and Ninna is tempted to leave but she needs the job. As she waits to begin she is surprised to hear a strange voice speaking to her. She panics. She has been on medication and seen doctors for this same problem. She fears she is having a relapse.

As it turns out it is a basset hound named Mosey that is reading her mind and speaking to her. She tries to ignore him but he is impossible to forget. She waits to hear from her doctor and takes one day at a time. Her job makes her nervous and so does being home. There have been several break-ins in the neighborhood. She is surprised to learn that Stuart is her neighbor. She is interested in the handsome vet but she fears he will think her crazy since she can hear Mosey in her head. However she works very hard not to react when Mosey talks to her.

When Stuart asks her to house and pet sit while he is gone for the weekend, she agrees to do so. She wants to see if she should get a dog. After seeing a shadow outside her window, Ninna is starting to lean in that direction.

Eventually Ninna discovers she is being stalked and is happy to be staying at Stuart’s house. When the stalker makes his move, Mosey helps protect Ninna. Stuart is shocked at what has transpired when the truth comes out.

This was an interesting book. I am a dog person and a basset hound owner. So this story was fun to read. The author definitely wrote an accurate picture of the breed. I was chuckling out loud. I felt sorry for Ninna because she thought she was going crazy. I would probably react the same way if I started hearing voices in my head. She was a little unsure of herself which I wished wasn’t the case. I like a strong female character. I think she found a great guy in Stuart and I think he was instantly interested. So it was fun to see him flirt with her a bit. It was a cute story. I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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