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When Mireya (Mia) Navarro met Jim, she instantly recognized her good fortune. She had a job she loved, as a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times, friends across the country, family not too far away in Puerto Rico, and now a partner with whom she could finally share it all. But even the best relationships have their rubs, and in Mia's case, it was Jim's mutt. Eddie was squat, spotted, stubborn, and hell-bent on boxing out the new intruder. To Jim, Eddie was family. To Mia, he was the enemy.
Eddie was a hostile presence - a bad housemate, a conniver, a relentless shedder. He misbehaved specifically for Mia's benefit, barked like a maniac whenever she walked into a room, and tried to steal her husband's attention like a jealous mistress.
Mia quickly found herself in a full-on war with her husband's pet doing anything she could to get him out of her already hectic life. She slammed the door in Eddie's face, cordoned off the house into dog and wife territories, and even tried to leave the scoundrel in California when she and Jim relocated to New York.
But as time went on, Mia began to reassess Eddie. Was he the entire problem, or just the last straw after the difficulty of establishing her place as a stepmom and second wife? As Eddie started to grow old and senile enough to forget the worst of his grievances against her, Mia grew more forgiving of him, and realized that the stepdog is just another challenge that blended families must face.
A triumphant story about discovering love, Stepdog reminds us of the many unforeseen obstacles - not only of the four-legged variety - that can get in the way on the road to happily ever after.