Dog Days

Elsa Watson

Tor Books

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Romances of 2012!
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.


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The Day I Became a Dog

Rain splashed down as I dodged puddles, wishing I’d worn something more sensible than heels. I pushed myself to go faster, thinking of the importance of my mission. Our café staff, including my wonderful business partner Kerrie, was counting on me—I couldn’t let them down.
A quick sniff of salt-sharp air told me that the tide was out. For a second, I let my mind wander away to the beach that skirted our little town, picturing the washing waves and gray gulls dancing on the wind. Then I pulled my attention back


Praise for Dog Days

Dog Days is everything I love in a book: funny, tender, beautifully crafted, and cleverly plotted, with a perfect twist of an ending I didn’t see coming.”
—Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“For anyone who has ever wondered what their beloved pets would say if they could talk, this adorable love story provides a sweetly imagined answer, with smart poetic justice in the end.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dog Days

 “Drop everything and read this book! Watson’s rendering of the inner life of a dog is pitch perfect. Zoe and Jessica are an unforgettable and unique take on the buddies by accident story. Brava!”
—Susan Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of One Good Dog

 “A delightful story that readers should relax with and just enjoy. Anyone who loves animals, and has ever imagined what they might be thinking, will find this to be a wholly amusing tale. Those who haven't may see the world from a different point of view.”—RT BookReviews (4 stars)

“A doggone good story, told with humor, warmth, and insight.”
—Sheila Roberts, bestselling author of On Strike for Christmas

“I savored Dog Days for its humor, beautiful prose, heartwarming storyline, and quirky, unusual perspective.  Elsa Watson writes with compassion and deep insight.”--Anjali Banerjee, author of Haunting Jasmine

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  • Elsa Watson

  • 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.

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