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Dog Named Leaf: The Hero From Heaven Who Saved My Life Paperback – November 6, 2012
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"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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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 ›
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This is a one of those books that you will enjoy reading over and over again. It is such a heart warming read! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
Best Cocker Spaniel was my Grandmother's named 'Blondie'. She'd howl every time the congregation next door sang a church hymn,. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Paul
Very good book! I enjoyed it immensely. Dogs are a gift from God!Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am currently trying to get to the end of this story. The author seems to have a large ego as this book is more about him than his extraordinary dog. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cathy Andreasen
Love this story about two hearts and souls becoming one. Knowing and helping each other through life's tragedies loving and being loved by your dog! How beautiful...Published 1 month ago by MARSHA KNICLEY
This was the most 'Wonderful." Book I have ever read about a
Pet! I had an aneurysm in 1991 and really wish I had had a Leaf M
Wonderful book. Hope he writes another. Love Leaf. Had a black cocker spaniel when I was young.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer