Hi guys, welcome to Day 6 of Morgan Matson Week! It’s the weekend, so today, I’m all about the fun – and what’s more fun than Morgan Matson x dogs?
We all know that Morgan adores dogs. She has her own little mutt, Murphy (not to be confused with Second Chance Summer’s Murphy!), and as she’s continued to own him, we’ve seen everything from Instagram posts to videos of Murphy (is he not adorable, OMG 🐶😍).
Nowhere is Morgan’s love of dogs more apparent than in her new book The Unexpected Everything. Andie, the main character, ends up taking a job as a dog walker over the summer, so we see everything from a Pyrenees to a dachshund to mutts (and also one very mean cat, grr, Morgan!).
So for this post, I’ve taken on the job of matching each of Morgan’s books to the dog I think best represents it. Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments!
Also, check out the poll to vote on your favorite Morgan Matson book, character, moment, and book boyfriend! I’m SO curious to find out what you guys think! And if you vote, you’ll get extra entries into some of the giveaways from the last few days – just sign up in the Rafflecopters below!
I Double Dog Dare You: Morgan Matson x Dogs
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour = Beagle
Small, compact, and hardy, Beagles are active companions for kids and adults alike. Canines in this dog breed are merry and fun loving, but being hounds, they can also be stubborn and require patient, creative training techniques. Their noses guide them through life, and they’re never happier than when following an interesting scent. –dogtime.com
When I think beagle, I think of Uno, the wonderful dog who won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show a few years ago. Just look at that face! In Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Amy is a total thespian who needs a lot of patience and understanding to move forward in life. Meanwhile, she and Roger are on this road trip where they’re just following what feels right for their route (aka “an interesting scent”).
Second Chance Summer = Basset Hound
With his placid personality and short-statured yet noble appearance, the Basset Hound is a popular family companion, as well as a slow-paced but keen hunting dog. – dogtime.com
When I read (and cried all over) Second Chance Summer, I knew immediately that the basset hound best represented this book. Look at those sad eyes! And yet, he’s a great family dog and one who loves kids, which is pretty much perfect for this family/relationship-centred book. His slow pace matches the lazy, hazy summer days of the lake house where this book is set.
Since You’ve Been Gone = Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Although he’s born to be a companion, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog breed retains the sporty nature of his spaniel ancestors. One of the largest of the toy breeds, he’s often as athletic as a true sporting breed and enjoys hiking, running on the beach, and dog sports such as agility, flyball and rally. Some have even shown their prowess as hunting dogs. The more restful members of the breed find success as family friends and therapy dogs. –dogtime.com
Since You’ve Been Gone is all about friendship and companionship – something that Emily craves and loses at the beginning of the book. It’s also about how sparkly Sloane is and how Emily feels that she’s ordinary without Sloane. A dog that craves friendship, is a runner like Emily, and is beautiful and full of possibility, the Cavalier King Charles seemed right. And as with Emily, he’s beautiful just by being him, and he offers a lot to his owner/friends.
The Unexpected Everything = Great Pyrenees
The Great Pyrenees dog breed‘s goal in life is to protect sheep, goats, livestock, people, children, grass, flowers, the moon, the lawn furniture, bird feeders, and any real or imaginary predators that may intrude on your personal space. Oh yeah, and to give, give, and give unconditional love. Anyone who has seen this stunning white dog becomes enamored. –dogtime.com
I couldn’t choose any other dog for The Unexpected Everything. Not only is he pictured on the cover of TUE, but a Great Pyrenees plays a very important part in the development of characters. I love the idea of this dog being a protector, because Andie is very closed off at the beginning of the book, but very loyal to her friends – and yet, the Great Pyrenees is also a serious lover, which works for the relationship between Andie and Clark.
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