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. 

dogs don’t look both ways



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.




About Kev

Kev is an Author & Songwriter. After years of studying, and even more years working in education, and management in the US, he returned to his hometown in England where he finally settled down to focus on his writing and music. Links to his works can be found in the widget bar, and more information about them can be found on his pages above. He would greatly appreciate it if you would check them out. Kev has a M.Ed in Secondary Education with English as his main subject area. He also did post-graduate studies in Christian Counselling and Psychopathology after obtaining a BA in Psychology with a minor in Classical Greek.

25 comments on “Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways by Jane Hanser

  1. Hi Kev. Rather have the animals in animated films. Thank you for liking my poems Their Bones Beneath! Covered In Blood and The Waiting Room! (The Journey). Peace and Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

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  2. Thank you, Margaret.


  3. Sounds like a truly great book 🙂

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  4. impressive and enjoyable to read…

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  5. I’d enjoy reading this book.

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  6. Sounds like a great book for Dog lovers.

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  7. Great to see Jane and her lovely book here Kevin.

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  8. Thank you, Aleta, and indeed, Kevin, I am thrilled to hear that! Please do stay in touch.

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  9. And a fabulous title!

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  10. Reblogged this on TheKingsKidChronicles and commented:
    This sounds like an absolutely delightful story. I will purchase this book. When I have finished reading it, I will post a review on my blog as well as on my google+ author page.

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  11. 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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