Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways by Jane Hanser

81rAdRZUnbL._UX250_Jane Hanser has developed software to teach writing, self-published a grammar book and taught English as a Second Language at City University of New York. In her other life, she is involved in many and varied community activities. Her poetry and essays have been published in numerous print and online journals. She lives, works and plays in Newton, MA. Joey’s descriptions of her are, except for a few insignificant details of time and place, true and accurate. 

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Joey Hanser is a very handsome Labrador Retriever who has endless amounts of energy and curiosity. He loves to run and run, and his need to explore outside his boundaries assures endless opportunities to meet new friends. His creative escapologies win him admiration but also land him in trouble, the kind of trouble that could have had a sad ending.  In Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways, author Jane Hanser presents an adventure-filled coming-of-age story
about a dog and his family that regales us with endearing story-telling
while it keeps us enthralled. (Jane Hanser)


It struck me odd at first as, Joey begins his story by relating his limited knowledge about what other dogs and their lives are like. But, I quickly came to realise the genius behind this approach as Joey’s story unfolds to show us how important others are in his life, bringing about the understanding that it makes perfect sense he would start off his story in this way.

The story is excellently penned, grammatically sound, and structurally brilliant. As one learns more about Joey, and his antics, one simply becomes more and more drawn into his story. One thing that really stood out for me, as a person who loves both dogs and cats, but has not taken the challenge of fathering a Labrador, is the informational side of the story about the importance of proper care and understanding of the labrador, and their characteristics among other things.

While we can laugh and run along with Joey, and enjoy some of his photos, we also learn why it’s so important to always keep a watchful eye… especially since… dogs don’t look both ways. It’s a very enjoyable and educational read for persons both large and small. Jane Hanser’s strong teaching background most certainly shines through. I can see why this work is a 2015 B.R.A.G. MEDALLION HONOREE for Literary Fiction

An exceptional work… Five Stars.





  1. Thank you, Kevin. That’s quite a review.. It really warms my heart that you were so laudatory in your review of the book (and my writing). It was so helpful for me to read what your thoughts were as you read the unusual start to Joey’s telling of the narrative: I can’t “be there” with the reader so I thank you for opening this window. And ha ha, I loved your 1st sentence, par. 3. Touche!! Thanks again and all the best.

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