From the author of The Honey Bus comes a wild and emotional memoir of family and self-discovery, featuring a lovable golden retriever named Edie.

When Meredith and her wife, Jenn, adopt Edie, a sweet golden retriever puppy with saucer brown eyes and buttery white fur, Edie wins their hearts immediately. But it isn’t long after Edie joins the family that the problems begin.

It turns out Edie is an unusually anxious dog. She cowers around most people and the slightest noise sends her into a frenzy. Edie’s fears become so intense that Meredith and Jenn can’t leave the house. Is this normal puppy behavior or something more? Meredith grows determined to fix Edie, but what will she do if Edie can’t be fixed?

In this poignant and heartfelt memoir, Meredith shares her unforgettable journey with Edie, and the lessons about selflessness and unconditional love that she learns along the way. From treating Edie with CBD cookies to visiting a dog medium, Meredith shows just how far she is willing to go to save her dog. But maybe Edie is secretly the one doing the saving — if Meredith will only open her heart.


Loving Edie is a testament to just how far we go for those we love.”


Loving Edie is a delightful lesson in patience, self-reflection and hope.”


“A gorgeous memoir that will leave no one untouched.”


“Sometimes the dog we want doesn’t match the dog we get. Anyone who has ever felt disappointed or frustrated by the realities of dog parenting will feel so much less alone after reading this book. Loving Edie is a truly rewarding story of a very sensitive pup and her loving humans evolving together messily, honestly, and beautifully.”

JULIE BARTON, New York Times Bestselling Author of Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From Myself

“With a journalist’s introspection and a poet’s heart, Meredith May movingly captures the bravery in loving another living being, and why love is always worth it because it teaches us so much.”

STEVEN ROWLEY, Bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Guncle

“A heartfelt tale of how one incredibly anxious puppy completed a family.”


“Love Loving Edie! Not every dog can be brave, but Meredith May’s new memoir makes clear that scaredy dogs can love fiercely and teach mere humans powerful lessons.”

CLIVE D.L. WYNNE, Ph.D., Director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University, and author of Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You
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