In this “witty celebration of dogs, romance, and taking chances” (Stacey Ballis, author of Wedding Girl), a woman who is a master at training her four-legged friends discovers that she still has a lot to learn about love.
Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life. She’s given everything to her business, and her lack of social life (or slobber-free clothes) has been completely worth it.
But all that changes when she meets Charlie Gill, the hottest client she’s ever had. The only problem? Charlie’s taken. Luckily, Cora’s new friend—the sweet, lovably geeky Eli Crawford—is always there to help Cora with her problems, including her love life. That’s why she’s shocked to realize that even as things start heating up with Charlie, there might just be a more-than-friends spark between her and Eli, too.
As Cora’s life gets more tangled up than a dogwalker’s leashes—and as she prepares to audition for a dog-training TV show that may irrevocably change her entire life—she has to figure things out before it all goes straight to the dogs.
“Playful, lovable, and heartwarming” (Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake), Life on the Leash will inspire you to cheer for every underdog looking for love.
Victoria Schade has been a dog trainer and writer for over twenty years. During that time her dog duties have included working behind the scenes on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl as the lead animal wrangler, appearing on two seasons of the Animal Planet show Faithful Friends, writing dog training content and appearing in educational videos for a variety of pet publications, as well as writing two dog training books, Bonding with Your Dog and Secrets of a Dog Trainer. Her works of fiction include Life on the Leash, Who Rescued Who, and Lost, Found, and Forever. Victoria shares her 1850s always-in-need-of-renovations Bucks County home with Millie the Smooth Brussels Griffon, Olive the mixed breed dog, the occasional foster pup, and her incredibly tolerant husband, Tom.
Why We Love It
Victoria Schade’s bright, funny writing and strong cast of supporting characters—from the feisty roommate to the endearingly tragic client—brings career-minded Cora, a dog trainer with a heart of gold, to life. If you’re looking for a light and fun read with a happy ending, you’re barking up the right tree. —Kate D., Editor on Life on the Leash