For all the dog lovers out there, Dog Days by debut author Elsa Watson is a must-read book. Wait, actually if you’re not a dog lover, this book might change your opinion about canine companions. It’s that adorable.
This book could have just been a light hearted comedy about a dog phobic woman overcoming her canine fears while a dog, in a human body, works on her issues with cats but the author added one more layer, the emotional connection to one’s parents. Both Jessica and Zoe have unresolved issues with their families and don’t have a sense of belonging. Sprinkle in a budding romance with the town’s vet and the misadventures during the annual Woofinstock and these pages truly come alive.
This book is Freaky Friday, the pet version. The author walked a fine line of putting both characters in humorous situations without any awkward scenarios that more crass writers might have attempted to be edgy. Instead this book keeps its charm, heart and humor from start to finish.
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.