The Book



The Kindle Book Review
I have never, however, come to know a dog 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.

Pamela KingDogs Don't Look Both Ways
Jane’s writing is as enjoyable as Joey’s story. While I am certain Joey dictated the story to Jane it was Jane’s writing skills that polished the book.

Skye (Dog Evals)
Will the Real Author Please Stand Up?
I know a lot of readers don’t like reading books that dogs have supposedly written. But I do. Perhaps I have only read those well-done, well-written books but I like getting into the mind of a dog to learn what makes him tick, what tickles his funny bone, how he observes us humans. What he thinks about and what he doesn’t.  Dogs is written by Joey, the chocolate lab, though his person’s name appears on the cover as the author. Dogs is so well written that I invite those skeptical dog-author dislikers to check this book out. You might just love it like I did.

Jennifer Harris
Joey’s “voice” is just right, it’s simple, refreshing, and the voice of a real character–including repeated habitual actions and phrases that define him just as any well-done human character in a novel might be. I do believe Jane Hanser has gotten about as far into a dog’s head as any human being can go.

You really felt that the thoughts, plans and views were “all Joey”.

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.


Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways is now available, by request, at a bookstore near you and on and from other online websites. It is available in softcover and in Kindle and Nook version.

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Does your local library want to see an editorial review? We also have reviews from “The Children’s Book Review” and “The Midwest Book Review” for those libraries that would like to see respected editorial reviews. Go to our REVIEWS page to download and print these.

When the book was published, we took down most of Joey’s blog posts. You can still see many of the posts and most of the comments from Joey’s friend, however.

Thank you.

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  4 Responses to “The Book”

  1. I recently wrote a review of your book and had questions about Vivi. I guess I had felt that her role in the book was unclear or unfinished. But I loved everything about Joey.

    • D​ear Louise,

      I’m so glad you chose, read, and reviewed the book. It’s completely okay that you have this question about Vivi, because I pondered that whole problem myself: What happens to Vivi??

      You’re absolutely correct. Vivi was 10 when we got Joey, and she, being rather smallish, was not too much taller than him. Joey absolutely adored Vivi. ADORED. And she was a major part of his life. But when she was about 15 or so, I don’t recall the exact age, she decided to live full-time with her mother (who had divorced “Dad” about 10 years earlier) who lived (and still lives) in the same town as we. So Vivi was little by little coming by less and less, rarely even staying the night, and Joey, being a dog, had no explanation for it. Then Vivi went oversea for one full year, so he didn’t see her at all or have any understanding of where and why she was gone. Next she went off to college and she came to us only rarely. He was always thrilled when she came home, but she never stayed long: Maybe for lunch, maybe for dinner, then she was off. Vivi figured very little in Joey’s life once she left but we could always see, when she would come home to us, how much he loved and adored her, and I could also see a sense of sadness in him when she would leave. I think he just knew she was not going to stay long when she would come but in my book I tried to stay away from what I think he was feeling, and focused on what behavior I could observe.

      Vivi figured very little in Joey’s accident: By the time he was hit by the car she was gone from home, and I think she came home once when he was in his cast, maybe not even, and she played no part in his recuperation.

      ​She was a major major part in his growing up, much more than I was, even, so she needed to be included in the book. She was there when Joey was picked up from CT., not I. Joey connected so much more with her than he did with me, and she connected so much more with him than I did. (My love for Joey was pretty nonexistent in the beginning but then grew and grew into not just love but admiration.) And then Vivi just trickles off. If “Vivi” is a question to the reader, then that just reflects how he was a question to Joey, who so adored her and then had no explanation for her fading out of his life.

      As the author, I didn’t have any way to resolve that: He had no understanding of “divorce” or “college” and I tried to stay true to his voice, although clearly had to diverge when it was important to provide information such as info about Labs in general, which you have duly noted, is included in the book. I stayed away from surmising how he felt, in order to avoid attributing emotions to him that I could not do (which so many dog books do).

      I had a conversation just last night with my husband (“Dad”) about how Joey felt when Vivi would come back home: He and I could not agree on how Joey “felt” – which just goes to show that this is Joey’s forever private domain – although we both agreed that Joey when she was leaving and heading out the front door or getting into a car, Joey would stay inside or on his bed and begin to withdraw, anticipating it would be a long long time before her again and perhaps protecting himself from disappointment.

      Does this help at all?

      Thanks so much again,


  2. Awwwe! That is sad! But is all makes sense.
    I really love how your love for Joey wasn’t “automatic” and grew as the two of you got to know one another. You developed that story beautifully. It made me think of a former dog of mine named Billy- he was an adult rescued Dalmatian that was my son’s pick from the kennel. When we first got him I called him “damn it Billy” more than just Billy. He lived 13 years and at the end of his life I did realize how much I loved him. In his last days I spoon fed him soft food and cried all day when we finally said our final goodbye. That was so hard. My next dog Rocky died from a brain tumor one year ago on July 14; he was only 10. I took him to a doggie neurologist in Sarasota for brain surgery to remove the tumor and he lived for 2 weeks after that. Everything that I read about Joey following his accident brought back memories of the last days of Rocky’s life. If having a canine soul mate is possible, Rocky was mine.
    Thank you again for writing such a beautiful story.

    • Louise,
      Wow. “Damn it Billy” is a great name!!! I really have to think more about how this love develops for those of us for whom it is not instant or initial. And then Rocky – oh my – and you’re coming up on that anniversary of your canine soulmate. It’s amazing to me that you got another dog after losing Damn It Billy. That speaks to the unparalleled friendship of a dog.

      I’d love to post photos of Rocky and Damn It Billy on my (or Joey’s) Twitter account.. If you send me, I’ll post them. Stay tuned for the URL!


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