Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Jane Hanser
Publisher: Ivy Books
“I dwelled somewhere between either believing that I would be able to run again with Dad or wanting to believe it. The worst part of each day was when Dad left early – without me – on his running adventure,” Joey states in Jane Hanser’s book, Dogs Don’t Look Both Ways: A Primer on Unintended Consequences.
This one hundred and sixty-two page over-sized paperback targets readers who enjoy stories about canines, especially those supposedly written from their point of view. With no profanity, the topic of injury and surgery may not be appropriate for immature readers. Several black and white photographs of the dog and his owners are spread throughout the book. A foreword by Kiko Braker is after a dedication, and the ending concludes with the author’s biography.
The author is a software developer, writer, and teacher of English as a second language lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their lovable dog.
In this story written in first person, Joey realizes being a chocolate Labrador retriever has many responsibilities and characteristics. Knowing he is not cut out to be a sled dog, hunter, or service animal, he loves to run, especially in the early mornings with Dad as they cover miles of paths, roads, and sidewalks.
Intelligent and curious, the Lab loves to investigate and run untethered, often escaping to the outside world beyond his backyard. One day when he is enjoying his freedom, he is hit by a car, and his life is slowed down and altered drastically.
Facing surgery, splits, and face cones, Joey tries ardently to obey his owners’ wishes but yearns for the day he can walk without a limp on all four paws again. Through learning hand signals, overcoming his fear of swimming, and avoiding bad digging habits, he matures into a wonderful family pet who is deeply loved by many.
With quirky thoughts of trickery against Dad and Mom and wanting desperately to carry on his champion father’s heritage, Joey has hope, persistence, and a positive attitude as he heals. Covering the canine’s life in ten human years, the book shows how the particular breed does not like to be alone, craving approval and companionship. Similar to other books written in this format, this one displays the love a dog wants to show his masters.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.