By Mireya Navarro
Stepdog is the hilarious and heartwarming story of a girl who has ultimately met the guy of her dreams—and the puppy of her nightmares.
Winner of the June 2015 Elle Readers Prize
Lots of canines consume sneakers, chunk humans, ruin furnishings . . . yet Eddie attempted to spoil a marriage.
After greater than 3 many years of chuffed unmarried womanhood, Mia Navarro wasn’t particularly trying to switch her courting prestige. the assumption of being a step-anything to somebody used to be overseas to her, whatever she by no means thought of. . . . till she fell in love with Jim and agreed to marry him. because it seems, the wedding is lovely outstanding, the stepkids have been, good, general pre-teens, the elements in la ideal. yet existence isn't spotless. The spots belong to Jim’s mutt, Eddie. Possessive and jealous, Eddie behaves like Jim’s mistress—if a mistress might bark and compete for area on his beloved’s lap. As time is going on, a full-on warfare ensues. Mia slams the door in Eddie’s face, cordons off the home into puppy- and wife-territories, and leaves the again door open . . . via, er, twist of fate, after all. She even attempts to depart Eddie at the back of in California whilst she and Jim by surprise relocate to big apple. But in any case, it’s transparent that now not even a spouse can come among guy and puppy. As Eddie a long time, Mia softens, and as with all new kin suffering to combination, the 2 needs to make peace with one another. Ultimately, Stepdog is a effective tale approximately discovering love at an unforeseen degree in lifestyles and the various unexpected obstacles—not merely of the four-legged variety—that can get within the means at the highway to fortunately ever after.
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He used to be shaken up by means of the coincidence too. He was once a type pal. I received over my anger. An hour glided by and as I sat staring at the goings-on within the emergency room it grew to become glaring why the paramedics made up our minds to take Jim to Newark. The ER was once busier than Penn Station. It handled every kind of mayhem. In quickly succession, I observed sufferers wheeled out and in with open wounds and damaged bones. A twentysomething lady passed by on a stretcher along with her neck in a forged, her handbag and buying baggage tucked properly by way of her legs. a bunch of law enforcement officials and paramedics wheeled in an older man with blood trickling from his left eye. He’d been punched within the head and kicked within the chest whereas jogging on 7th highway, a theft sufferer in undeniable sunlight on a Sunday afternoon. “Did you lose attention? ” a physician requested from at the back of his curtain. “How many men? ” the police officers desired to comprehend. The sufferer, who acknowledged he used to be sixty-seven, used to be lucid and replied each query. “Go get them, Officer,” a jovial nurse instructed the law enforcement officials on their method out. “There are, like, 1000000 of them,” spoke back a feminine officer as she walked out writing on a pad. Moments later, one other guy got here in on a stretcher trailed by means of escorts. A prisoner. I couldn’t pay attention what was once unsuitable with him, yet officials stood protect outdoor his curtain for the remainder of the night. among perp and sufferer, there lay my liked. together with his grade-one concussion (mild), no bleeding within the mind, and no damaged bones, it became out that Jim was once in fairly fine condition. I requested the resident physician who instructed us Jim might move domestic, a Dr. Chandler, how quickly my husband may well visit paintings. I knew Jim would need to attend all of 2 or 3 days prior to attempting to resume basic actions and that i hoped the healthcare professional may dissuade him. “What does he do? ” “He’s a journalist. ” “Oh, yeah? the place? ” “Wall road magazine. ” Dr. Benjamin Chandler occurred to be the son of a former editor of the hot York submit, Ken Chandler. “So how come you didn’t keep on with in his footsteps,” I requested him as we chitchatted in regards to the twist of fate. “He labored loopy hours,” he acknowledged. An emergency room surgeon thinks reporters paintings loopy hours? Jim and that i laughed. I introduced Clemson in after Jim used to be stitched as much as describe the autumn to the medical professionals. Now he and that i attempted to get Jim to wake up, yet he couldn’t. He complained approximately negative again and shoulder discomfort on his correct facet. A biking pal of Clemson’s, a nurse, stored texting him that it’d be prudent to maintain Jim within the health center for remark. The ER doctors finally determined to maintain him in a single day. He was once transferred to a clinic room, the place the nurses tucked him in and that i fed him a few yogurt obtained from a cafeteria snack computer. Jim was once chatty and intensely a lot sounding like himself back. Clemson and that i left after nighttime. Clemson, a Spanish-language activities announcer, had a Knicks online game tomorrow, the MLK vacation, so I went again to the sanatorium on my own the following morning to retrieve my husband. i discovered Jim sitting in a chair, smiling, together with his black-and-purple face. He used to be a bit crazy from the Percocet.