Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Review: Dogs Don't Look Both Ways by Jane Hanser

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Dogs Don't Look Both Ways
Author: Jane Hanser
Publisher: Ivy Books
Pages: Ebook; 160
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Source: Author
Genre: General Fiction

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who love their pets!

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One dog, one man, two long-distance runners. However, this chocolate Labrador Retriever, America's favorite family dog, isn't content to wake up early and run a mere three, six or twelve miles per day with his dad.He wants more, much more. And he pushes his mom to her limit as a result. In Dogs Don't Look Both Ways, Joey the dog bids you to wake up with him, before dawn, and be a part of this funny, loving and strong-willed dog's aspirations - and see where his insatiable curiosity leads him (and his family). Will it lead to gratification? Or to danger? A decision the dog makes early one morning forever changes his life and the lives of his mom and dad. You'll learn a lot about dogs, about yourself, and about our dependence on the kindness of others. You're also in for some real surprises and adventure. Set in the neighborhood of the Boston Marathon, Dogs Don't Look Both Way is a true story with a unique voice. Whether you're looking for a book for your children or for yourself, to be entertained or educated, here is a book to be in your cart, on your bookshelf, and in your hearts!

To anyone who has ever had strong-minded, adorably frustrating dog, this book is for you. What you'll find is the true story of Joey, the dog, and his humans. I'm not generally a fan of books told through the eyes of pets, but Joey is hard to resist. There's such joy in reading a story told through such a curious narrator's eyes. I couldn't help but smile as his endless energy caught me up in its web. Ah, to be a dog. 

It might sound odd, but if dogs were able to read then this would be a book they'd definitely need on their to-be-read pile. Joey tells us his life story, and the way that it reads is almost like a cautionary tale. From the moment of his birth, to the tragic accident that almost ended everything, his whole existence is laid out on these pages. For those of us who are human readers, this is a story that holds much of the truth of owning a pet. That our love for them knows no bounds. That we might try, and fail, to keep them safe sometimes. That even if something tragic happens, that same love has the ability to see us through. 

It was an enjoyable experience to see the world as Joey did, and I'm glad I was given that chance! This probably would have resonated with me a lot more if I actually had a pet at this time. Growing up we were never without a dog, but I've lost touch with that since I became an adult. If I can say anything though, it's that this book really makes me want that companionship back in my life.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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