Five Star Treatment – Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways by Jane Hanser


About the book.
When reading a book about animals there is always that slight apprehension that ‘This is not going to end well!’ As a dog and cat lover I have read books in the past and have had to buy in boxes of tissues and chocolate to get to the end.. I am delighted to say that those extreme measures are not required for this book.. All the chocolate that you need is Joey himself who is of the Labrador variety….


“You don’t have to be a dog lover to fall in love with Joey. Just spend a day by his side—running through snowy woods; plotting escape from a fenced-in yard; searching for new friends, new adventures, new possibilities for mischief . . . . In Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways, Jane Hanser gives us a fascinating glimpse into the world that she and her husband share with their chocolate Labrador—and it’s a world so filled with love and hope and high spirits that you may never want to leave.”
Pesi Dinnerstein, Author of A Cluttered Life: Searching for God, Serenity, and My Missing Keys

The Reviews (they were both great so wanted to share SC)

By Tamara @ The Avid Book Collector(Texas)
Joey Hanser is a very handsome Labrador Retriever who has endless amounts of energy and curiosity. His need to explore outside his boundaries offered him opportunities to meet new friends (and get treats!), but it also led to a horrible accident…an accident that could have had a sad ending. But with Joey’s determination and the love and support of his parents, Joey learns that maybe, just maybe, some of those rules are important and if the rules are broken, then there are consequences.

All dogs need rules and boundaries set early in their life, but sometimes whether it is because of the breed or just plain stubbornness, those rules get ignored by our pets. This book really is a primer on a dog’s life and what happens when they don’t listen to their parent’s rules. If dogs could read, then this book should be mandatory for them. For the parents of dogs, this is also a must read! It is very inspiring and also very insightful!

This was such an awesome book! It was a pure joy to get a glimpse of Joey’s world and his endless curiosity of the world around him. Written from Joey’s point of view provided a very unique reading experience that was both fun and insightful. Joey’s words and thoughts are exactly what I think my pets would say if they could talk to me. I want to give Joey’s parents kudos for being so patient with him and understanding of his need to explore the world around him and I also want to give kudos for them being there for Joey when his explorations went horribly bad.

Joey is an awesome dog and everyone should read his story. I don’t normally give spoilers, but this one does have a happy ending, so no tissues are necessary! So go ahead and grab this beautifully written book, get comfortable and enjoy a few hours in Joey’s world. You will not be disappointed!
This one gets a 5 paw rating!

The Kindle Book Review
I have met a lot of dogs during my journey here on earth. Short, fat dogs. Tall, fat dogs. Snappy dogs, yippy dogs, and the kind with the deep-throated “WOOF.” I like dogs. I don’t mind dogs. I’ve only ever loved one or two, but the rest are okay and I guess they feel the same way about me. I believe dogs and I have an understanding which says, “You will not lick my face and call it a kiss,” to which the dog replies, “As if!”

I have never, however, come to know one as deeply and intimately as I know Joey. I will not lie: Hanser was waging an uphill battle, trying to tell the story from the dog’s point of view. The book could have gone kitschy real fast, but Hanser pulled it out of “golly gee whillakers” cuteness-overload. Correction: Hanser let Joey pull it out.

Joey does not speak from the voice of the author. Joey speaks Dog, as in “People were looking at me, calling, “Joey.” They were looking at me and saying, “Joey, come” and “Joey, sit” and “Good boy, Joey!” So Joey I suddenly was.” Is this the best example of Joey’s voice? No. The book is full of good examples and better examples and you will just have to read it. I can’t sit here and quote all the good parts, otherwise I would be quoting 80% of Joey’s story.

Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways is a quick read. Is it a MUST Read? I’ll let you be the judge. Joey would like that.

About the Author


Jane Hanser’s poetry and essays have been published in numerous print and online journals such as Poetica Magazine, The Persimmon Tree, Every Writer’s Resource, and others. She has developed software to teach writing, self-published a grammar book and taught English as a Second Language at several campuses of the City University of New York. She has an M.Ed. in English Education and ESL from the Graduate School of Temple University. In her other life, Jane is dedicated to many and varied community activities, in particular feeding the hungry, literacy, and bicycle and pedestrian safety. She spends way too much time on the computer and would like to rejuvenate her painting watercolors. She is married and lives, works and plays in Newton, MA. Joey’s descriptions of her in Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways are, except for a few insignificant details of time and place, true and accurate.

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The bookshelf is filling up very nicely with some wonderful books, past and present that have received glowing reviews.. Please do consider giving one of your books the Five Star Treatment especially if it has not been showcased for a while. All you have to do is get in touch..

The Afternoon Video – The little footballer who scores a goal with me.

If you had told me that a tortoise could understand the concept of playing with a ball and that it was more fun if you got the family dog involved, I would have said you were hallucinating.  My respect for these strange creatures has gone up leaps and bounds and who knew they could run and dribble so fast.

The Afternoon Video – You may not forgive me for this one – Kleenex at the ready!

This was shared by a friend on Facebook and I went in search of the original.  I share it because if I am going to be in floods of tears then everyone can be!!

I appreciate that not everyone feels the same about animals.  Certainly there are some  religions who teach that animals have no souls..This was highlighted a few years ago when I was commuting back and forth to Madrid every six weeks and left Sam with his foster mum at her house.  I arrived back from the airport one day to find a 90 year old nun in her habit sitting in my friend’s kitchen in floods of tears as she stroked my dog’s head gently.

Sam was doing his usual ‘there, there it will all be alright’ gentle whine and little licks of her hand.  I asked my friend why her aunt, on a short break from the convent, was so upset.

Her aunt answered for herself. “I have been in the convent since I was 15 years old and in the last 75 years I have been taught repeatedly that animals do not have souls.  I looked into this boy’s eyes and I know that he has one.  They are wrong and all that I have been taught is a lie!”

This very short video will have an even greater impact.  There has never been any doubt in my mind that animals share the most profound of all emotions with us including undying love and the dreadful pain of loss.  I am sure that when those looking after this dog took him to the grave of his owner they had no idea he would react this way.

So as I said – you may not forgive me for this one but I hope you understand why I shared it.