Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.95
  • Save: $4.35 (26%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 14 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Dog Named Leaf: The Hero ... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Very good condition. Used but not abused. All pages are intact. No writing or highlighting found upon inspection. Not ex-library
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Dog Named Leaf: The Hero From Heaven Who Saved My Life Paperback – November 6, 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.60
$3.66 $0.57

Dog Gone: A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home by Pauls Toutonghi
"Dog Gone" by Pauls Toutonghi
The true story of a lost dog’s journey and a family’s furious search to find him before it is too late. Learn more | See related books
$12.60 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 14 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Dog Named Leaf: The Hero From Heaven Who Saved My Life
  • +
  • Notes from a Dog Rescue in Progress
Total price: $19.59
Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

Praise for A Dog Named Leaf:"A Dog Named Leaf is a very touching and well-written book that clearly comes from Allen Anderson's heart. Although I am not a religious or spiritual person and couldn't wrap my mind around some of the things that happened in Allen and Leaf's story, the more I read, the more my skepticism melted. I am convinced of Leaf's ability to sense what Allen needed. This book will make readers feel as if they know Leaf, and they'll grow to love him too."—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, PhD, New York Times best-selling author of twenty-four books, including When Elephants Weep, Dogs Never Lie about Love, and The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving.

"With its dramatic dual journey, A Dog Named Leaf explores the intangibles of health and healing without attempting to explain them away. This memoir's pulse-pounding brushes with danger, startling synchronicities, and insights on fulfilling one's purpose in life offer hope and new perspectives on the expansive power of love. It truly is the most unusual dog book ever." —Dr. Marty Becker, resident veterinarian on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show and featured columnist vetstreet.com

 "When I rescued my companion dog Jethro years ago, I realized this wonderful being also rescued me and taught me numerous valuable life lessons. Many people have similar stories, and this wonderful book about another amazing dog, Leaf, will be impossible to put down. In A Dog Named Leaf, two guys—a troubled and scarred shelter dog and a former police officer turned writer—face life and death challenges together. Its unexpected twists and turns kept me pinned to the pages and cheering for Leaf and Allen to heal and succeed together. The strong compassionate emotional bonds they formed—deep and enduring friendship and love—will move you in many ways. Read this most inspirational book and share it widely."—Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals, and The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint

"A remarkable story. It will reaffirm your faith in the unique and mutually healing bond that can form between humans and animals." —Gwen Cooper, New York Times best-selling author of Homer's Odyssey

"Transcending the oft-told story of the human/dog bond, Allen and Leaf teach each other lessons of trust, love, and faithin the face of life's tumult. A must-read for anyone who has experienced the guiding spirit of a dog."—Susan Wilson, author of The Dog Who Danced

"I was moved by this story of resilience and love. It conveys beautifully the vulnerability and richness of a dog's life and the connection between their biographies and our own."—Jonathan Balcombe, author of Second Nature

"Part Marley and Me and part Jon Katz, A Dog Named Leaf by the Minnesota writing team of Allen and Linda Anderson is the story of an abandoned cocker spaniel the couple rescued, despaired of, learned to love...The Andersons hire dog communicators to get to the bottom of Leaf's problems. ("I was left," Leaf apparently tells one of them mournfully.) But more problems loom: Allen Anderson is found to have a brain aneurysm, and he faces risky surgery. And then doctors find a blood clot in his leg. It is Leaf, Anderson wants us to know, who helped him through this terrible time, just as he helped Leaf adjust to his new home...While you might not believe everything in this very spiritual book (and how I wish their method of calmly explaining the rules to Leaf so that he will stop misbehaving would work with my Rosie), the story is endearing, and the many photographs of Leaf running, swimming, and chasing a tennis ball in south Minneapolis are adorable." —LAURIE HERTZEL, BOOKS EDITOR, Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 27, 2012

"This touching, almost lyrical book 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

From the Author

A Dog Named Leaf is a unique story with implications that may shake some. Readers have called my experiences with Leaf provocative, entertaining, yet gut-wrenching. I hope this book will cause a paradigm shift in how people view possibilities for relating to other species.

My hunch is that many others also have dogs as part of their families. They will be excited that someone has finally revealed the truth about what happens in homes every day--animals and people are connecting at levels of conscious awareness that confound anything science has been able to prove or replicate.

Leaf and I are featured as the cover story in Southern California's Awareness Magazine. My wife and co-author Linda Anderson and I are bestselling, award-winning authors with 15 previous books that have been featured in mainstream media (O Magazine, Washington Post, Parade Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio, Los Angeles Times, Today Show, Associated Press, Gannette News Service, etc.) as well as New Thought publications and an interview with Shirley MacLaine on her radio show. 

The book has been listed as an Amazon Bestseller Hot 100 New Release in Memoirs. A reviewer wrote, "This is about how a dog with great love actually entered the inner reality of his friend to help save him and was able to succeed where human explanations and efforts failed." 

I would like to share what happened as Leaf, my emotionally scarred rescued dog, and I came together at exactly the right time. After I found out I had both a brain aneurysm that could burst at any time and a blood clot aimed at my heart, this traumatized little dog and I became comrades battling for our lives. My story adds the twist of startling revelations about the ability of dogs to know the unknowable.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762781653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762781652
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You will think I would be biased as I am one of the animal
communicators mentioned in the book A Dog Named Leaf. I can
tell you that I expected a nice story, but I couldn't put the
book down. The trials so honestly written by the author will
touch your heart. The story of Leaf's journey and healing will
amaze you, not too heavy, there's humor, but it's a journey
which will inspire you and touch your heart at the courage,
love and experiences of the author and his wonderful dog. It's
very special.
Comment 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
It takes courage to share your story. I also think to share the deep love of a pet takes courage. The fact that Allen, being a man, shares his deepest fears and also his amazing love for Leaf makes this book truly inspiring. We've heard many stories of the connection between women and dogs, or children and pets, but to hear Allen share his deepest thoughts and biggest fears, as well as, his devotion and love for Leaf touched me deeply.

As I read the last page of his book I wanted to weep. I wanted to weep for those that never experience a connection like Allen and Leaf have. I wanted to weep in happiness for Allen and his recovery. I wanted to weep for the courage it took for Allen to share this remarkable story that some may find hard to believe at times. But I know it is real as I've experienced some profound moments with my own dogs, just like Allen has with Leaf.

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.
Comment 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition
“Dumb animals. They’re called that for a reason. It’s not just that they can’t talk, they can’t think.” I said this to my wife over fifty years ago. She was hurt and angry that I couldn’t believe that what she saw as animal intelligence was basically conditioned responses and reinforcement through fear and reward. She was basing her beliefs on anecdotal, personal experience and I was basing mine on the best scientific “evidence” of that time.
 
Time and so many great strides in better theories, years of patient observations and notes and peer review by courageous scientists and lay persons who loved animals have proven Marie was closer to the truth than her arrogant husband. Fifty years of my own observations with Marie and our seven children as we brought every common household pet and with many animals considered wild into our home finally convinced me that most animals can think to varying degrees and the same holds true to their ability to “feel” and express a wide range of emotions.
 
Just as there are almost exponentially differences between each human on an ability measurement, the same holds true with animals. In any litter there will be a range of genetic abilities. Of course, if a human intervenes and takes the time to observe an animal she can “train” it to improve their genetic predispositions. Circus trainers are great observers and take what the animal gives and then finds ways to develop routines that amaze the audiences.
 
In Leaf’s case though we have a unique example of an animal that is the top of the pack for his breed, even species. The Anderson’s were people whose love of animals motivated them to begin Angel Animal Network. They traveled worldwide encouraging people to adopt dogs. Leaf was one they adopted.
Read more ›
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I finished this book in two sittings. It's a page turner. It's about every day life in its most usual aspects -- making a living and partnering with your spouse. But it's also about how the past weaves seamlessly with the future to make you whole. It's also about life and death -- enduring a life-threatening illness and having to go way beyond pre-conceived limits of patience and stamina. However, the heart of this story is where the golden nugget lies. What you read bypasses the mind completely and rings a bell deep inside you. You ask yourself: Could this really happen? For some, the events described may strain credulity. However, author Allen Anderson brings you step-by-step into the shared world of man and dog in a way that directly addresses the most spiritual part of ourselves. And it transcends the pet / animal - human connection books that are plentiful on the market. What you see unfolding is a special inner and outer weaving of events by both human and animal that most of us aren't aware of. I finished the book and wondered: What do animals really KNOW? Are they doing these kinds of things all the time? Who ARE they, really? And it makes you wonder if you can discover these invisible connections in your own life. This isn't another story of a warm-hearted friendship between a man and his dog - though it is this too. This is about how a dog -- with great love -- actually entered the inner reality of his friend to help save him -- and was able to succeed where human explanations and efforts failed. Quite a coup for a little four-legged creature who was once abandoned, and then found by this remarkable author.
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Dog Named Leaf: The Hero From Heaven Who Saved My Life
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Dog Named Leaf: The Hero From Heaven Who Saved My Life