- Mercy Sais
You will find wisdom and comfort in this sweet, funny, and smart story. Counselor Maggie Brennan specializes in helping her patients in a special type of loss: the anguish of the loss of a four-legged friend. Her insight into the loss of this special bond moves her grieving patients who are often embarrassed and confused about the emotional turmoil caused by the loss of their pets: loss is loss and love is love. Her patients are not “Dog Crazy” but “Dog Normal.”
Maggie has a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology and row of certifications and licenses in counseling. She is a skilled professional. Maggie listens to and honors happy stories and sad stories of pet ownership. Often, she finds others issues at play besides the loss of pet: “Emotions can by sly. Years can go by before you discover the pain that lives in side of you, a spiky, old barnacle clinging to your heart.”
Maggie uproots her life to start her pet-loss counseling business in San Francisco. She has lived her whole life in Pennsylvania near her parents, has worked in the same hospital as a grief counselor and has had a series of bad relationships. All the changes, plus the sudden loss of her dog, Toby, put Maggie’s anxiety into crisis mode as she finds herself in the same situation as her clients. With the help of a poodle named Giselle, a Basset retriever with his own anxiety issues named Seymour, and a quirky family named Ravenhurst, Maggie finds confidence and love. Fast-paced and full of charming surprises, Dog Crazy will steal into your heart like a warm puppy.