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How Far Has A Dog Named Leaf Come?



In my recent memoir, "A Dog Named Leaf," I wrote about the dog grooming profession by focusing on one special woman who made all the difference in the world for the abandoned and troubled shelter dog that my wife and I adopted. The memoir has already been listed as an Amazon Bestseller Hot 100 New Release in Memoirs. The American Society of Journalist and Authors (ASJA) has selected A Dog Named Leaf as one of the winners of the prestigious 2013 ASJA Awards in the Lifestyle/Memoir category.
 
As it turned out our dog Leaf helped me through extremely challenging times in my life. A full chapter, "How Far Have We Come?" is dedicated to Leaf’s groomer Patty and how her amazing skill and patience caused her to become his trusted friend and mine.  From a dog who could never be touched to the amazing work and trust that Patty built over a stressful first year with us, she never gave up on him.  The chapter is titled “How Far Have You Come?”
 
Patty told us a special truth that drives her relationships with the dogs she grooms. She said, “All dogs are not perfect. No different than people. I knew that Leaf had to work through the emotional damage himself. He needed to relate to me. I saw you and Linda were people who gave him a chance. I wanted to give him a chance too. Leaf is an example of what love, patience, and a good family life can do. Turning the leaves is what it was for him.”
 
Now that the book is being read and given as a gift to groomers, I'm receiving such positive comments about how excited they are that a best-selling animal book author has acknowledged the importance of what they do for dogs everyday. I thought you would enjoy my book and the chapter about how crucial a groomer can be to a troubled dog and literally make a life-or-death difference. 

If you do like "A Dog Named Leaf", would you consider recommending the book to your clients and other professional groomers?  

Thank you.
Allen Anderson
www.adognamedleaf.com 
 

A Dog Named Leaf ($16.95, ISBN-10: 0762781654, ISBN-13: 978-0762781652), a 224-page paperback published by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot, is available at major online book retailers, in bookstores, and at lyonspress.com. For more information and to read an excerpt from the book go to www.adognamedleaf.com. Visit the book’s Facebook page and view photos of Leaf at www.facebook.com/ADOGNAMEDLEAF.

What if a man can have a near death out-of-body experience of a place most call heaven but be fully alive, not near death at all?


What if a man can have a near death out-of-body experience of a place most call heaven but be fully alive, not near death at all?
  
What if an individual began seeing in his mind’s eye his life, flash before his eyes while he was fully awake and going about his daily tasks?  Like a deck of cards the visuals and memories tumble toward him with such power and force he has to stop whatever he was doing to tell himself, I was not that awful.

What if that person has dreams as real as any moment in his daily life that tell him he will soon die and no longer be part of the building of life?

That man is me.  I have no doubt that I was having mystical and spiritual experiences telling me that my time in this life had come to a close.  All roads lead to one final act before my end.  Or at least that was what my inner and outer experiences were telling me.  

It all changes with an adoption.  My wife and I adopted a shelter dog who was dumped at the back door. He was left, emotionally shatters, fearful, and with little trust of people.  From all I could see he had been treated badly, some might call is abusive.


A Dog Named Leaf (ISBN-10: 0762781654, ISBN-13: 978-0762781652), a 224-page paperback published by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot, is available at major online book retailers, in bookstores, and at lyonspress.com. Visit the book’s Facebook page and view photos of Leaf at www.adognamedleaf.com or www.facebook.com/adognamedleaf

Allen and Linda Anderson are featured guests on the National Talk Show -- ERSKINE OVERNIGHT

Allen and Linda Anderson are featured guests on the National Talk Show -- ERSKINE OVERNIGHT

Allen and Linda Anderson are featured guests on ERSKINE OVERNIGHT on Saturday and Sunday, November 9th and 10th in the first hour of the show.  The times are 9:00PM PST, 10:00PM MST, 11:00PM CST, and Midnight EST.

Visit Erskine Overnight at www.erskineonradio.com for more details.

A Dog Named Leaf (ISBN-10: 0762781654, ISBN-13: 978-0762781652), a 224-page paperback published by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot, is available at major online book retailers, in bookstores, and at lyonspress.com. Visit the book’s Facebook page and view photos of Leaf at www.adognamedleaf.com or www.facebook.com/adognamedleaf



Have you ever had to overcome your fear of an animal?

OVERCOMING A FEAR OF DOGS

I recently did a radio interview and got to do what I love, which is to talk about my book, A DOG NAMED LEAF. I always enjoy sharing with anyone who will listen to me talk about Leaf and how we came out of challenging times as a spiritual team. Both of us became better and more loving from our experiences together.

I talked about the joy and comfort a person receives by having the unconditional love of a dog and gave examples of how Leaf's presence made my and his life better.

On the air, the host said that she had grown up in an environment where her mother taught her to fear dogs. To this day, she would be too afraid to have a dog as a pet.  She added that without knowing better, she had instilled that same fear in her son who is now 10 years old. As we chatted during the interview about the book and my experiences, the radio show host began to understand how much she and her son are missing out on, by not having a dog join their family.

I talked about how animal shelters are always looking for volunteers. Volunteering often helps people who cannot have a dog for some reason or may be concerned over the cost of adoption.

The host said that, as we talked, she had realized that it was time for her to move forward and past her deep, lifelong fears. Both she and her son were going to volunteer a couple of hours each week at their local animal shelter. They could become more accustomed to and less fearful by being around all kinds of dogs and experiencing firsthand the different characters and doggy personalities.

She added that one fine day, she might find a dog at the shelter. They would welcome the new arrival into their home with open arms.

What a satisfying interview that was for me, the host, and hopefully, for her listeners. 

Have you ever had to overcome your fear of an animal?


NEW Audio Book! ANGEL CATS: DIVINE MESSENGERS OF COMFORT



We are pleased to announce that ANGEL CATS: Divine Messengers of Comfort is now available as an audio book. We think you're going to love how this one turned out. It is read by a wonderful professional narrator named David Gilmore, a member of Audio Publishers Association. 

David's voice has deep resonant tones that fit the material perfectly. He was trained with Edge Studio in New York and has narrated numerous other audio books. 

David and his wife also own and operate a nonprofit shelter for homeless cats called Kitty Angels of Connecticut. Hearing the audio version of this book adds a whole new dimension to the inspiration and enjoyment of its amazing stories and messages. 




“Angels come to us in many ways. Some are never identified, and some, we don’t even know have changed our lives, maybe even saved us, until there is a realization. This enlightening book will make you take many a close look at your ‘angel.’”
--Tippi Hedren, actress and animal activist

“As a believer and one who lives the message, my heart was touched by Angel Cats. I have long realized that it is not an accident that three-quarters of our lifeline is feline. So read, laugh, cry, and become a more complete human being through the angel cats and the lifeline they provide.”
--Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of 365 Prescriptions for the Soul and Love, Medicine & Miracles

“In Angel Cats, it is not the ‘fog’ but the ‘love’ that comes in on little cat feet. What a delightful collection of stories! There are stories here that warm the heart and that set the soul to pondering: hmmm, are those wings I see in dreamlike wisps coming off of my cat’s shoulders? After you finish these stories, you won’t have to wonder anymore – you’ll be convinced. Thank you, thank you, Allen and Linda, for continuing to remind us of our spirit connection to animals.”
--Susan Chernak McElroy, author of All My Relations and Animals As Teachers and Healers

“As with all of the Anderson’s works, Angel Cats goes beyond being a collection of warm stories. The messages inherent in this work are ones of personal spiritual recognition and growth.”
--Sally Rosenthal, “Counting Blessings,” “The Animals’ Bookshelf,” Best Friends Magazine

“How wonderful that cats are finally being recognized as the excellent caregivers, companions, and guardians of the human species. And how perfectly presented in this recognition, through the skill and compassion of Allen and Linda Anderson. Once again, in their dedication to the animals who bless our lives, they have crafted a beautiful volume to be kept close at hand for inspiration and to be shared with everyone.”
--Rita Reynolds, author of Blessing the Bridge: What Animals Teach us about Death, Dying, and Beyond

“The engaging true stories in Angel Cats support a shift in perspective taking place around the world. More and more people are discovering that animals are not inferior. . . but are instead highly intelligent, spiritually evolved, and genuinely altruistic beings.”
--Marta Williams, biologist, animal communicator, and author of Learning Their Language

“The Andersons have captured with warmth and love the majesty of cats through stories of the familiar and the extraordinary.”
--Jennifer Conrad, DVM, director and founder of the Paw Project


A DOG NAMED LEAF Featured on THE AUTHOR SHOW

TODAY ONLY -- Discover secrets to having a spiritual bond with your dog. Listen to a short interview featuring Allen Anderson, author of "A Dog Named Leaf" by visiting "The Author Show" website at www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow1.html . The interview will be available for listening anytime TODAY, Thursday, August 22 only. So don't miss it. Are you ready to hear the truth?



The General Mills Employee Club Wellness Committee sponsored our workshop "Saying Goodbye To Your Animals".

The General Mills Employee Club Wellness Committee sponsored our workshop "Saying Goodbye To Your Animals" based on the book by us (Allen & Linda Anderson). It was a heartfelt workshop. Attendees seemed to benefit from discussing practical ways to healthfully grieve and heal after pet loss.


When have you asked your animal companion to go the extra mile and been rewarded with having your request filled?



SPEAKING FOR RESCUED DOGS

 

We enjoyed our time at the 4th Annual Dog Days of Stockholm as guest speakers. The daylong dog adoption event was well attended with many dog lovers traveling to the beautiful riverside village of Stockholm, Wisconsin. Booths with rescue groups and animal shelter volunteers and the dogs who needed homes lined the perimeter of the event.

 

In addition there were pet related booths, dog demonstrations, stirring speakers, and a variety of activities such as a Blessing of the Animals by a local pastor and contests: Best Dressed, Best Trick, Looks Most Like Owner, Best Dog Name, and Best Dog Hairdo.

 

Pat Kessler from WCCO TV in Minneapolis was the MC. He had a lot of help from his pug Shelby. Pat did an incredible job of keeping the program's pace just right with his genuine love for dogs, great sense of humor, and spontaneity.

 

Our little cocker spaniel Leaf was sweet and adorable. We gave him our "be nice" talk before arriving at the event. Leaf tends to be a dog who has his own thoughts about who he wants and doesn't want to meet. We asked him to be nice to everybody -- people and dogs -- and promised to make sure everyone was nice to him.

 

We were happy to watch him let everyone pet him without any of his editorial comment. He squealed once when someone squeezed his long floppy ears -- something that must hurt a sensitive cocker spaniel. His only slip-up was backing off from a young woman dressed in a fairy costume with wings. She must have looked strangely non-human to a dog who thrives on everything being "normal."

 

Leaf wagged his tail with enthusiasm, when those who had read A DOG NAMED LEAF came over to admire him. We wondered if he is becoming accustomed to his new role as a doggy celebrity. He was a real trouper all day and slept soundly for hours after we came home.

 

The three of us (Leaf, Linda, and Allen) spoke onstage to the crowd. Leaf stood in the middle, receiving sliced apples (his favorite treat). At one point, we all seemed to be looking at someone in the audience with our heads pointed in the same direction.

 

Visit www.angelanimals.net/nlimage108.html to view photos of the event featuring Allen, Linda, and Leaf Anderson.

 

When have you asked your animal companion to go the extra mile and been rewarded with having your request filled?

LISTEN TO LEAF



LISTEN TO LEAF

 

As most of you know, we have written over a dozen books about the spiritual relationships between people and animals. It has been a joyful ride with the highs and lows of a project that comes from our hearts.

 

We want to share with you a new twist in this path we have been on since 1996, when we began publishing the first ANGEL ANIMALS newsletter as a print edition.

 

Last week, our first audio book, A DOG NAMED LEAF, went live. We couldn't be more thrilled and are excited to share the good news with you.

 

We produced the book through ACX.com. This is a newly acquired branch of Amazon.com. It has software and a system that enables authors to have their books recorded and distributed through Audible, iTunes, Amazon, and other online sites where audio books are sold.

 

Part of the process is for the author or publisher to place a notice on the site asking professional actors to record a book. We did this and received about 30 auditions. Then we had to select one that would be the best voice and sound for the book.

 

Not knowing at the time that the actor we liked the best lived in Minnesota, we chose Bob Malos. We found out that Bob is was narrator for an Emmy-award winning documentary and is an award-winning actor who performs in theater around town. We went see him in TO KILL A MOCKNGBIRD at Park Square Theatre.

 

Bob Malos did a terrific job of reading and recording A DOG NAMED LEAF. If you click on any of the links below, you can go to sites where the audio book is sold and listen to a five-minute excerpt.

 

For us, listening to the audio recording brought a whole new dimension to the book. We hope it will do the same for you. Plus, now you'll have the convenience of listening to it on your ipod or whatever way you usually hear audio recordings of books or music.

 

Having a new audio book has been an exciting development in our continuing adventure with our little rescued cocker spaniel Leaf. Along with the book winning a prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors outstanding book award last month, it also had a great review in BEST FRIENDS MAGAZINE. (See below.) Book reviewer Sally Rosenthal calls it a "quietly magnificent memoir."

 

We invite you to listen to A DOG NAMED LEAF on audio and let us know what you think of it. You won't be able to hear Leaf snoring, like he does on his doggy bed in our bedroom. But you will be able to hear how this incredible dog helped our family heal from a devastating blow and served as a spiritual messenger for miracles to occur.

 

Visit www.adognamedleaf.com for additional details about the book.

 

Find A DOG NAMED LEAF audio book at:

 

AUDIBLE

www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B00CPP6V9M&qid=1368490018&sr=1-1

 

ITUNES

<https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-dog-named-leaf/id583349398?mt=11>

 

AMAZON

www.amazon.com/Dog-Named-Leaf-Heaven-Saved/dp/B00CRR7BHY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&

 

qid=1368791980&sr=8-1&keywords=%22a+dog+named+leaf%22%2C+audio

 

READER REVIEWS ON FACEBOOK

 

Lynne Towers: "I have very little time to read these days but have enjoyed every page."

 

Louise Krupak: "This book was wonderful. Couldn't put it down. Thank you so much for sharing your story."

 

READER REVIEWS ON AMAZON.COM

 

Linda Miller: "Very well written! I felt like I was talking to a friend while I read it. Brought up some very thoughtful points about our human animal bond and how closely we are connected if we only take the time to experience and acknowledge it!" (5 stars)

 

Doug Munson: "Allen Anderson, former policeman and author of this book, lays bare his soul and shares his life-and-death professional and personal adventures with such unimaginable courage and humility that you shiver and smile simultaneously. His hero, incidentally, is an undersized, pure black, curly-haired, handholding alpha spaniel with an Elvis lip . . .To say this book is well written is an understatement. To describe the wisdom you ingest when you devour Leaf's and Allen's insights and incredible experiences is nearly impossible. It reaches into areas you were likely afraid to explore. I, from my heart, encourage you to do it anyway." (5 stars)

 

 

Send stories of your special animals to angelanimals@aol.com or post them on Facebook at our "Angel Animals" page.



  

BEST FRIENDS MAGAZINE BOOK REVIEW (May/June 2013 issue)

By Sally Rosenthal

 

The name Allen Anderson, author of A DOG NAMED LEAF, will no doubt be familiar to many Best Friends readers. With his wife Linda, Anderson has compiled a number of Angel Animals anthologies and shared stories of how animals have spiritually touched people's lives.

 

Now, with this quietly magnificent memoir, Allen and Linda Anderson tell a story of their own about how a vulnerable and ill man and an emotionally scarred shelter dog came together to heal one another.

 

Following the death of their beloved Labrador, Taylor, the couple found themselves at a shelter with the hope of finding another canine to add to their animal family.

 

Although he wasn't entirely certain he could open his heart to another dog as much as he had with Taylor, Allen felt drawn to a black cocker spaniel who had been dumped from a motorcycle in the shelter's parking lot.

 

When Leaf, as the cocker came to be called, went home with the Andersons, he displayed many of the behaviors common to traumatized dogs, but he also began to trust and, at a critical time, teach Allen how to cope with life's tragedies and second chances.

 

Several months after adopting Leaf, Allen developed a brain aneurysm and underwent risky surgery. During his long recovery, he came to realize just how similar the life paths were that he and Leaf had traveled, and how healing often comes through unexpected, but divine, intervention.

I Am Woman, Hear Me Bark



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Linda or Allen Anderson

Fax: 952-925-4729

www.angelanimals.net, www.dogsandthewomenwholovethem.com

 

I Am Woman, Hear Me Bark

 

Award-winning Minneapolis authors show in their new book, Dogs & the Women Who Love Them, that women can do remarkable things when a dog becomes their BFF.

 

Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 9, 2013 — OPRAH.COM PICK NOW AN AUDIO BOOK! Dogs and the Women Who Love Them -- Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration by Allen and Linda Anderson is now an audio book with narration by a professional radio/TV host Jeannine Jersey. O,

 

The Oprah Magazine (Oprah.com) endorsed the book as a "top sixteen dog books" to read. Vanessa Williams wrote, "You’ll find a bit of yourself in each tale.” Wendie Malick says, “Kudos to Allen and Linda for sharing the myriad of ways dogs bring joy, healing, and gratitude into our lives.” Enjoy this heartwarming book with the same great content and a new audio book cover.

 

A Dallas woman makes a difference in the lives of disabled veterans with the help of a black Lab as star dog trainer (and winds up on David Letterman). A Michigan woman mobilizes an entire community plus a helpful rabbit because her lost rescued dog has captured their hearts.

 

A New Orleans businesswoman turns a dog-fighting pit bull into a gentle poster boy for paraplegic animals to rehabilitate other handicapped dogs. A Los Angeles public relations firm president realized a childhood dream of becoming Santa’s lead reindeer Rudolph because a childhood dog let her put lipstick on his nose.

 

These true case studies show women accomplishing great things when a canine companion lights up their lives. They, and many more, are featured in Allen and Linda Anderson’s new book Dogs and the Women Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration (November 10, 2010, New World Library) with a foreword by #1 New York Times best-selling author Rory Freedman. She says, “This book will open your heart, warm your soul, and make you proud to be a dog-loving woman.” www.dogsandthewomenwholovethem.com

 

O Magazine recommended Dogs and the Women Who Love Them, and it’s on the Oprah.com website. Betty White, Wendie Malick, Vanessa Williams, and American Humane Association, among others endorsed the book.

 

According to Linda Anderson, “We’ve been able to identify major life milestones that women can achieve so much easier with the love and loyalty of a canine companion. Because dogs opened their hearts to love and their minds to possibilities, the women in this book healed from life-threatening illnesses, started new careers or missions, pulled entire groups together for a common good, learned to love again, chose better mates and dates, transformed the lives of children and people with disabilities, brought joy and comfort to the elderly and ill, and laughed when they felt like crying.”

 

The Andersons and contributing authors, Sage Lewis, Jenny Pavlovic, and Janet Ballard (nationally recognized K-9 trainer for detector dogs at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport), are launching Dogs and the Women Who Love Them at bookstores in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnetonka, St. Cloud, and Stillwater, Minnesota.

 

The book events will include a photo look-alike contest with prizes. Women can enter the contest by bringing pictures of themselves posing side-by-side with their dogs.

 

The Andersons will take their message on the road in a “drive-by” tour, stopping for presentations at bookstores in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Naperville, Illinois where contributing author Rosanne Nordstrom will join them.

 

In addition to hosting the dog-woman look-alike contest at each event, the Andersons are inviting local animal rescue organizations to bring printed material and speak about the work they do to save dogs’ lives. They also hope dog lovers will bring photos and share stories about dog-women relationships that astound with their devotion and enjoyment.

 

Other amazing women who have contributed their stories to the book will do events in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, Tempe, Arizona, Tampa, and upstate New York. For more information about book events go to www.dogsandthewomenwholovethem.com/calendar.html.

 

Additional Highlights of the Book

 

Miguel, a Newfoundland-Labrador mix introduced an impoverished child to Rosanne Nordstrom, a resourceful woman who became like a mother to him; their new family serves as Chicago’s version of the popular movie The Blind Side -- plus a dog who brought people from entirely different cultural and ethnic backgrounds together in unselfish love.

 

Euri, a loving Engllish cocker spaniel, inspired Houston’s Bobbi Leder to become a dog writer columnist and miraculously healed her of a chronic illness.

 

Beau, a rescued black Lab became “co-founder” of Patriot PAWS, a Texas nonprofit that Lori Stevens started to train service dogs for disabled veterans; Beau was featured on NBC Nightly News, Late Night with David Letterman, and Animal Planet.

 

Major, an abused and neglected German shepherd, saved the life of national-award winning police dog trainer Janet Koch Ballard while serving as her K-9 partner.

 

McDuff, a Scottish terrier, turned Judy McFadden into his soul mate as the dog brought healing pet therapy to Henderson, Nevada’s most severely disabled residents.

 

Frankie, a dachshund in a doggie wheelchair, inspired Barbara Techel to write award-winning children’s books; she designed a school campaign with Frankie to help children appreciate differences in each other

 

Buster Dawn, a rescued pit bull-mix, taught Los Angeles Times and Washington Post contributing writer and author Karen Dawn to grieve without apologies for a dog family member

 

Karen Holt, reviewing the book for O Magazine says, “The rescuing works both ways. . .as canines who've suffered abuse, neglect, or misfortune seek and comfort humans who've endured the same."

 

About Allen and Linda Anderson and the Angel Animals Network

 

In 1996, Allen and Linda Anderson founded the Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family to use the power of stories to increase love and respect for all life. They have written a popular, award-winning series of sixteen animal books and have sold over a half-million books. In 2007 they won the American Society of Journalists & Authors Outstanding Book Award for Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster.  In 2013 they won another ASJA award for their book A Dog Named Leaf. Their work has been featured in national wire service articles, NPR, ABC Nightly News, USA Today, the Washington Post, Animal Planet, the Montel Williams Show, the Today Show, and BBC radio. They donate a portion of proceeds from their books to animal welfare organizations. Allen and Linda live in Minneapolis in controlled chaos with a rescued dog, a rescued cats, and a cockatiel who says, “I love you, sweet baby.”

 

Who Are Your Cheerleaders?



Who Are Your Cheerleaders?


The morning of July 4, we were slowly walking around Lake Harriet with our dog Leaf when we noticed one of the runners coming toward us. He shouted out to joggers who ran in the opposite direction past him, "Good job, runner!" As he approached us he yelled "Good job, walkers!" After he jogged past, he yelled, "Go, Iowa!" to a guy wearing an Iowa State University T-shirt.


We looked at each other and smiled. Here was a stranger giving others and us unexpected encouragement to exercise on that bright, sunshine-filled morning. We continued our walk, feeling uplifted. Even Leaf seemed to have an extra spring to his step.


About 30 minutes later, the cheerleader passed us again and yelled, "Go, young people!" He looked at us with all of his enthusiasm.


And you know what? We did feel younger.


Who are your human or animal cheerleaders?


--Allen and Linda Anderson, Angel Animals Network, www.angelanimals.net

OPRAH.COM PICK NOW AN AUDIO BOOK!

OPRAH.COM PICK NOW AN AUDIO BOOK!  Dogs and the Women Who Love Them -- Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration by Allen and Linda Anderson is now an audio book with narration by a professional radio/TV host Jeannine Jersey. O, The Oprah Magazine (Oprah.com) endorsed the book as a "top sixteen dog books" to read.  Vanessa Williams wrote, "You’ll find a bit of yourself in each tale.”  Wendie Malick says, “Kudos to Allen and Linda for sharing the myriad of ways dogs bring joy, healing, and gratitude into our lives.” Enjoy this heartwarming book with the same great content and a new audio book cover.
 


BOOK REVIEW -- A DOG NAMED LEAF



BEST FRIENDS MAGAZINE BOOK REVIEW (May/June 2013 issue)

By Sally Rosenthal

     The name Allen Anderson, author of A DOG NAMED LEAF, will no doubt be familiar to many Best Friends readers. With his wife Linda, Anderson has compiled a number of Angel Animals anthologies and shared stories of how animals have spiritually touched people's lives.

     Now, with this quietly magnificent memoir, Allen and Linda Anderson tell a story of their own about how a vulnerable and ill man and an emotionally scarred shelter dog came together to heal one another.

     Following the death of their beloved Labrador, Taylor, the couple found themselves at a shelter with the hope of finding another canine to add to their animal family.

      Although he wasn't entirely certain he could open his heart to another dog as much as he had with Taylor, Allen felt drawn to a black cocker spaniel who had been dumped from a motorcycle in the shelter's parking lot.

      When Leaf, as the cocker came to be called, went home with the Andersons, he displayed many of the behaviors common to traumatized dogs, but he also began to trust and, at a critical time, teach Allen how to cope with life's tragedies and second chances.

      Several months after adopting Leaf, Allen developed a brain aneurysm and underwent risky surgery. During his long recovery, he came to realize just how similar the life paths were that he and Leaf had traveled, and how healing often comes through unexpected, but divine, intervention.

Are you going through the heartache of pet loss?

                                             

Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet

Are you going through the heartache of pet loss?

Do you have a friend or relative who has had a pet die?

Would you like to know that others understand how you are feeling?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you are in the right place. Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is a book and website devoted to helping you remember, mourn, and honor your beloved pet.

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is also the title of our book, published by New World Library. We hope this book will offer consolation to those who must deal with the underestimated depth of grief that accompanies a pet’s death or disappearance from home.

Read excerpts from the book at website, www.sayinggoodbyetoyourangelanimals.com/. See if it helps you to navigate the troubled sea of emotions that have poured over you following the death of a pet.

Who We Are

We are Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of a series of popular anthologies published by New World Library about the benefits and complexities of human animal companionship.

Over the years, thousands of people have written and called us about their experiences with pet loss. We have personally experienced the loss of our own animal family members. So we know firsthand how devastating pet loss is and what a hole it leaves in a person’s heart.

We have designed our book and website to assure you that you are not alone. That what you are feeling is a normal aspect of grief and loss.

Consider holding a pet memorial service or making some other tribute to the animals who have graced your life.

We believe:

--The love of your animal companion will never die.
--Only the physical body is gone.
--The spirit lives on.
--You’ll see your pet in heaven.

If you believe these things and they bring you comfort, it doesn’t matter what any one else says. You know they are true. We support you in the spiritual approach to pet loss and healing.

We are here for you. We understand. We care.

Animal blessings,
Allen and Linda Anderson
Founders, Angel Animals Network
www.angelanimals.net

Has an animal surprised you with a gift or blessing that was exactly what would be best suited to bringing you joy?



SUNSHINE AUDITIONS FOR A MUSICAL
 
Our little yellow cockatiel Sunshine has his home in the living room. Last weekend, we shared Sunshine's space while stretching out on our living room sofas and watching the movie LES MISERABLES a couple of times. We love the classic songs and story lines in this movie that started out as musical theater.
 
Even though we covered his cage during the evening we viewed the movie, Sunshine must have been listening intently. Two days after our LES MISERABLES feast, Linda did her usual morning ritual. Before she started eating breakfast, she closed the door and put up a gate to keep our dog Leaf and cat Cuddles out of the living room. Then she brought out Sunshine from his cage and placed him on the living room mantel, where he likes to run back and forth between the windows on either side.
 
During his morning mantel time, Sunshine usually whistles and sings tunes he's sung for years. Occasionally he imitates a new whistled song Lindahas offered to him and adds his own composed flourishes. Then the bird and Linda whistle back and forth to each other.
 
This morning, though, Sunshine sang melodies that sounded familiar but that Linda had never heard him whistle. After a moment, she recognized them. Sunshine was singing melodies from LES MISERABLES. He treated her to anotherway of enjoying a beautiful musical score and symphony.
 
Linda thanked Sunshine for his gift to her that day.

Visit www.angelanimals.net/nlimage107.html to view images of Sunshine.
 
Has an animal surprised you with a gift or blessing that was exactly what would be best suited to bringing you joy?

*****

BOOKS by Allen and Linda Anderson: 

Visit our wonderful publishers' websites at www.newworldlibrary.com and www.lyonspress.com to see the wide array of animal books and outstanding authors published by these companies. 

A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life 
Animals and the Kids Who Love Them 
Dogs and the Women Who Love Them 
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New Audio Book -- A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life

                    

New Audio Book -- A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life
UNABRIDGED
by Allen Anderson , Linda Anderson
Narrated by Bob Malos

A big-hearted and undeniably appealing memoir about a man and his dog. After authoring fourteen successful books that tell other people's stories about the human-animal bond, Allen Anderson is ready to tell his own story - a remarkable journey with a highly intuitive but troubled, rescued cocker spaniel who literally saved Allen's life.

Allen, a former police officer who became with his wife Linda, an award-winning animal book author, received shocking news. Although only in his mid-fifties, he had two potentially fatal health issues – a brain aneurysm, which could rupture at any time, and a blood clot aimed at his heart. Leaf, his newly adopted canine family member, proved that at some level he understood and wanted to help with the dire situation. A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life includes a strange but true example of animal cognition that leaves readers pondering, "What do dogs really know?" Leaf's empathy went far beyond what scientists believe dogs are capable of knowing and doing.

Although the experiences described in the audiobook are harrowing at times, as Leaf and Allen each face life-threatening situations, their journey ends happily for both of them. Throughout the audiobook, humor cuts through the potential tragedies and lifts the Anderson family's and reader's spirits. By the end of the story, Allen and Leaf have formed a strange, wonderful, mysterious, and spiritual partnership that as one reviewer commented, "transcends the pet book genre by leaps and bounds."

The audiobook takes readers on a dual journey of healing and trust for Allen and Leaf in three segments: The Journey of Two Souls Begins; Nightmares, Battles, and Surrender; Uncertain Outcomes: and Transformation and Healing.

©2012 Allen Anderson and Linda Anderson (P)2013 Allen Anderson and Linda Anderson

What the Critics Say

"I am convinced of Leaf's ability to sense what Allen needed. Readers will feel as if they know Lef, and they'll grow to love him too." (Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie about Love)

"A dramatic dual journey that explores intangibles of health and healing without attempting to explain them away. This is truly the most unusual dog book - ever." (Dr. Marty Becker, resident veterinarian for The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America)

"This book is impossible to put down. Read and share it widely." (Dr. Marc Bekoff, Ph.D, animal cognition expert and author of The Emotional Lives of Animals)

http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B00CPP6V9M&qid=1368490018&sr=1-1

Reviews for A DOG NAMED LEAF

"Thank so much for writing A DOG NAMED LEAF! Very well written! I felt like I was talking to a friend while I read it. Brought up some very thoughtful points about our human animal bond and how closely we are connected if we only take the time to experience and acknowledge it!"

--Linda Miller, Amazon Review, April 2, 2013

 

"Great book! I enjoyed the book [A DOG NAMED LEAF]. The book relates on how the relationship between dog and human can help each other through trying times. Glad they helped each other."

--John Cudnohufsky (Green Bay, WI United States), Amazon Review, March 30, 2013

 

"A touching story [A DOG NAMED LEAF] about the human/animal bond. The story of the love between Leaf and Allen is one we never tiring of reading about. If we didn't have dogs, cats and other critters to care for, our lives would be bleak, indeed. That Leaf and Allen met when they did seems almost fated. Who can say how exactly this love between a man and his dog works, but aren't we glad it does? Thanks, Allen and Leaf for sharing your beautiful story. I wish you great health and long life!"

--Rosie Sorenson, Amazon Review, March 27, 2013

 

"This book is amazing! This book is awesome even if i'm on the second chapter!"

--P, Barnes and Noble Book Review, February 3, 2013

 

"I loved this book. It highlights something I've always believed, that there is far more going on in the mind of a dog than most people think. It's a terrific book for anyone that's ever had a rescue dog and knows the problems and pitfalls along that path, as well as the reward that awaits when you give your heart completely to a new dog. Allen Anderson's journey with Leaf is a wonderful story and I'm very happy that he chose to share it with us."

--TyWilsonSLC, Barnes and Noble Review, January 27, 2013

 

"Bravo----I was right there with Allen( Author) and Leaf all the way -- This journey of Love compassion trust courage patience and persistence was a wonderul testament to Soul to Soul connections and jouneys of growth and fullfillment

--Barnes and Noble Book Review, December 19, 2012

 

"Must Read & Great Gift - A dog's growing trust as a man's life changes! Allen and Linda Anderson out did themselves as they shared the intimate story of their lives with the world. The story intertwines the trust built between Allen and Leaf, a frightened dog as Allen faced potentially life-changing health issues.  I couldn't put the book down. The turn of each page I felt the love grows between Allen and Leaf. Thank you for sharing how Leaf overcame fear with the growing bond with Allen. Four paws up!"

--Elaine of Minneapolis, Barnes and Noble Book Review, November 20, 2012

 

 “It [A Dog Named Leaf] was very interesting, and I enjoyed the reading and stories very much.”

--Kate Kahlert-Dolnick

 

 “My copy of A Dog Named Leaf arrived before going to Mexico and I so enjoyed reading it on the beach. I will be doing a blog post about it soon. Fantastic book!”

--Lisa Taron, February 9, 2013

 

"This enriching portrait [A DOG NAMED LEAF] will have you looking at that four-legged, Velcro mate alongside you with soulful appreciation. If so, Leaf’s legacy should read: Seize the moment, cherish the memories and reaffirm your commitment to provide quality-of-life care forever."

--Ranny Green, "Picks of the Litter", Seattle Kennel Club, www.seattledogshow.org/a-dog-named-leaf-the-hero-from-heaven-who-saved-my-life/

 

"A DOG NAMED LEAF reminds me of a dog in our rescue named Jackson. He came to us as an outdoor dog and was an unpredictable biter. After a vet diagnosed him with an eye condition called dry eye, we treated him with daily drops. After just a few days, he became a loving happy dog and went on to a great permanent home. Dry eye is a very painful condition and the poor guy must have been suffering for a long time. Many times we find that biting means the dog is in pain. This dog taught us much and we were blessed to have him in Blue Sky Rescue."

--Kim Cook, Founder of Blue Sky Rescue


 


TWO TO SHARE THE LOVE -- What would you say about your pet if you were doing a radio interview?


 

With our crazy schedule, sometimes it takes planning to make sure interviews about our new book A DOG NAMED LEAF go smoothly. Last Sunday (March 31, 2013), Allen had to find a mini-office at the Philadelphia airport where he could have a quiet space for calling in for a radio interview. He was in-between flights and squeezing in the interview before boarding the next plane.

 

Meanwhile in Minneapolis, Linda sat in a comfortable chair at the WCCO Radio (local CBS affiliate) studio to also be part of the interview. Normally we can take visual cues from each other about which of us would be best to answer questions. This time, we relied on the host to ask questions directly to each of us.

 

Even with the obstacles, it was fun to talk about our relationship with the amazing and incredible dog Leaf who changed and healed our lives in so many ways. Host Roshini Rajkumar was wonderful and as Linda says, even more beautiful in person -- inside and outside.

 

If you would like to listen to the interview, visit WCCO's News and Views with to hear it.  The website is minnesota.cbslocal.com/audio-on-demand/news-and-views  Click on "3-31-13 - News and Views: 1PM Hour" to listen to our segment. The interview is about 19 minutes into the hour.

 

What would you say about your pet if you were doing a radio interview?

Good news from Allen & Linda about A DOG NAMED LEAF



The American Society of Journalist and Authors (ASJA) has selected A DOG NAMED LEAF by Minnesota authors Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson (Globe Pequot/Lyons Press) as one of the winners of the prestigious 2013 ASJA Awards in the Lifestyle/Memoir category. It’s the story of how one man and one dog came together at exactly the right time for miracles to occur. This award is like the Academy Awards for authors in that it is given by your peers. Some of the best writers in the country submitted books for consideration. The awards will be given out at the evening cocktail party in New York as part of the ASJA conference on Thursday, April 25. asja.org/for-writers/annual-writing-awards/2013winners.php

Please share this announcement with your dog loving social media friends.



A Dog Named Leaf -- Excerpts from Book Reviews



A Dog Named Leaf

Reviews:

 

"Part Marley and Me and part Jon Katz... the story is endearing, and the many photographs of Leaf running, swimming, and chasing a tennis ball in south Minneapolis are adorable."

--Laurie Hertzel, "The Browser" MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

 

"A Dog Named Leaf is a beautiful story told with honesty and depth. You'll be changed by Allen and Leaf's journey. This book will fill you with hope."

--Peggy Frezon, Brooks Books, Peggy's Pet Place

 

Allen says, “Thanks to a loving, intuitive, paper-chewing pup, I am alive and well today.”

--National Examiner, as told to L.A. Justice, December 17, 2012

 

"Take a break from life’s drama and venture into a world of Leaf, a rescued dog who have changed a couple’s life. Find out how rewarding adopting a dog can be, regardless of how impossible he may seem to take care of at first. Get the book [A Dog Named Leaf] and be inspired."

--WHiMZ News, November 8, 2012

 

"I truly found a kindred spirit in Allen and Linda.  They believe, as I do, that we should always view our animal companions with respect and appreciation.  Because when you look into the eyes of an animal, what you will discover is a spiritual SOUL that is experiencing this lifetime as your dog, or cat, or horse.  For those of us who have witnessed and been forever blessed by an animal’s love, this if for you!  Enjoy."

--Val Heart & Friends, November 2012

 

“The author of a series of animals books has written about the healing said he experienced with the help of an emotionally scarred adopted dog.”

--Sun-Sailor, November 29, 2012

 

"If you've ever doubted animals have souls, this book will open your heart and mind to truly believing we are all connected. You will never doubt again. Your life will be enriched far beyond what you could have ever imagined and you will have author Allen Anderson to thank for it. A Dog Named Leaf is a great gift idea for the dog loving friends and family in your life!"

--Barbara Techel, Joyful Paws

 

"...The authorial voice is distinctly Allen's. In 2006, Allen learns that he has an unruptured brain aneurysm, seven months after the family adopts a black cocker spaniel, Leaf, from a shelter. Throughout, he clearly conveys the affection that he and his dog have for each other and how that affection proved crucial to his recovery from brain surgery..."

--PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, September 24, 2012

 

"This touching, almost lyrical book [A Dog Named Leaf] is a very personal story bravely told by the author and his wife...  This is a lovely story that will uplift anyone who has ever loved a dog."

--Amy Shojai, About.com Guide, December 27, 2012

 

"...The story is about Allen and the dog’s healing process and how they helped each other.  In the Epilogue Allen writes about his and Leaf’s relationship, 'We are two souls who entered each other’s lives when we most needed the healing power of a human-animal friendship.'"

--Heidi Skarie, Blue Star Visions, November 25, 2012

 

"This is a story about the marvelous bond between humans and dogs as well as the healing power of love, which can truly make miracles."

--CosmoDoggyLand Dog Magazine, November 2012

 

"Allen gives all animal lovers a gem in 'A Dog Named Leaf - The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life.'"

--Wendy Garrett, Conscious Living

 

 

"Allen's writing draws the reader into peak moments of challenge and choice in the life of both Leaf and himself, as a family. It is a rare glimpse into the deep workings of spirit through our animal human love bonds. It is one of the best examples of how we need one another to heal and that the commitment to love through all things brings forth the magic of miracles."

--Donna Strong, Awareness Magazine

 

"Part 'Marley and Me' and part Jon Katz... the story is endearing, and the many photographs of Leaf running, swimming, and chasing a tennis ball in south Minneapolis are adorable.""

-- Laurie Hertzel, "The Browser" Minneapolis Star Tribune

 


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