The Book Betty White Says You Should Read with Your Pets

Angel Animals Book of Inspiration

Angel Animals Book of Inspiration

We are excited to be officially announcing the release of a groundbreaking book that we hope will fill you with joy at its simple truths and profound yet entertaining stories. It is ANGEL ANIMALS BOOK OF INSPIRATION: Divine Messengers of Wisdom and Compassion.

In these times of uncertainty and swirling negative energy, a book that fully delivers good news is needed more than ever. The first edition of this book was published in 2003 as GOD’S MESSENGERS: What Animals Teach Us about the Divine. New World Library has reissued it with a heart-opening new cover and updates.

It’s arrived just in time for Mother’s Day gift giving!

We are thrilled that our new book contains an original story from Richard Simmons about the incredible Dalmatians who cared for his mother Shirley. We’d like to give you a little insider-scoop on how Richard’s story came to be in our book.

When we wrote to Richard to ask if there was a special animal story he wanted his enormous fan base of millions around the world to read, he called us and asked, “Allen and Linda, how can I help you?” Then he graciously shared an experience that had deeply affected him.

As far as we know, Richard’s story is not in any of his other books or on his website. He wanted it to be in THIS book that would honor the spiritual contribution the dogs Brent and Rhett, his gifts to Shirley, had made to his mother’s life. These dogs had consistently reassured Richard that his mother was in good paws and eased his pain over her passing.

After we sent the published book to Richard he wrote to us, “Congratulations on the beautiful success of your new book. Of course, I flipped to Shirley’s story. Yes, of course, I cried. Each night before I go to bed, I read two other stories. I do love your new book.”

On the NEW website we have designed to accompany the book you’ll find over 20 of the endorsements and reviews about it’s amazing impact. But next, are a few of the comments reviewers and celebrities have made.

“As a lifelong animal lover, I am delighted to see them celebrated in such a positive way. You and your pet will enjoy reading this together.”
–Betty White, actress and author

“Allen and Linda have taken the concepts that I share in my books to a whole new level, asking the most profound questions and finding the most wonderful, joyous answers through our animal friends. I am grateful that they have the courage to explore and share the deepest levels of our kindred connections. I love this book. Read it and open your heart, and transform into the loving beings that we all are!”
–Allen M. Shoen, DVM, MS, author of KINDRED SPIRITS: How the Remarkable Bond between Humans and Animals Can Change the Way We Live and LOVE, MIRACLES, AND ANIMAL HEALING, (from his Foreword to ANGEL ANIMALS BOOK OF INSPIRATION)

“In this collection of true stories the Andersons show how animals serve as conduits for messages of spiritual love and help in times of despair, loss, and confusion. Meditations following each story guide those in need of some soul work, making the book even better. . .Pick up several copies as gifts for all the animal lovers on your list. Yes, it really is that good!”
— Sally Rosenthal, BEST FRIENDS magazine

Some of these extraordinary true stories will make you smile. Others will bring tears to you eyes. Each one will open your heart to new revelations of love in its many forms and shapes.

The Spirit and Love Live On

At this time of year when thoughts go to renewal, rebirth, and life after death, we want to share a passage from our book on pet loss. Everyone who has a pet goes through this devastating experience at some time. But not everyone realizes that animals, like people, are so much more than physical bodies. They, too, are spiritual beings.



Excerpted from SAYING GOODBYE TO YOUR ANGEL ANIMALS by Allen and Linda Anderson (New World Library 2007). Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

Following are many of the most frequently reported ways in which animals remind people that only the physical body leaves at death, and that the spirit and love live on. People report animals who, after death:

*  Scratch or knock at the door
*  Pad or make the sound of clicking claws along floors
*  Press against the person’s body with a definite feeling of weight
*  Shake the bed as if jumping on or off it
*  Purr, meow, bark, or snore audibly enough for more than one person
to hear
*  Leave paw prints or food around food bowls
*  Make a depression in the bed linens where they used to sleep
*  Emit a burst of familiar scent in places that were previously
free of pet odor
*  Drop a favorite toy, which has been put away or lost, in a spot
where it will be easily found
*  Set off some kind of electrical charge that causes a clock alarm
to go off, lights to flicker, or the telephone to ring at the same
time that the death or burial occurred
*  Appear as a glow of golden light or in a light-body so real that
the person tries unsuccessfully to touch it
*  Lick or kiss the person’s skin or tickle with whiskers
*  Seem to appear in spirit as a sign or symbol of life after death,
such as a butterfly or rainbow, on a significant day or time.


While we did the research for this book, we went through our files and found stories and letters about people’s after-death experiences with animals. All of the above examples actually happened to people. Some of them happened to us.

If you are or have been dealing with pet loss, we hope this gives you hope to know that as difficult as it is, life does literally go on.

Have you had an afterlife sense of a pet’s presence?

Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network

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Spring Housecleaning with Pets

Speedy, Sunshine, Leaf, and Cuddles

Speedy, Sunshine, Leaf, and Cuddles

This has been spring housecleaning week in the Anderson home. Each of our pets reacts to the changes in their environment.

Our cocker spaniel Leaf has the most difficult time with anything that isn’t normal — a word and state of being that he absolutely requires. He spread out with a mournful look on his face while we cleaned the bedroom carpet, which meant moving his dog bed into the living room temporarily. “Not normal,” he seemed to be saying.

The cats take things in stride, as cats tend to do. They hide in their favorite cubbyholes while the vacuum and carpet-cleaning machine roar across the floors. No trembling for these two. Just a wait until this is all over and these people come back to their senses sort of attitude.

The bird has to be moved behind the closed bedroom door while we take apart the living room where he usually views the world from atop his high perch. We don’t like him to have to be near where we use cleaning supplies. We always worry about those tiny lungs taking in fumes. So deep cleaning the living room is accompanied by the sound of Sunshine’s insistent screeches of protest.

Soon things will be normal. We’ll ask the cats not to track kitty litter onto the carpet. We’ll ask the dog to put his toys back in the basket where we’ve placed them so nicely. We’ll ask the bird not to shoot birdseeds out of his cage onto the floor. We’ll ask ourselves to put away what we take out and clean as we go.

All of us will remember, for awhile. Till next spring when somehow, the winter’s accumulation of stuff will find its way to garbage bags and charity pickups.

Ah, spring!

How do your pets respond to cleaning frenzies?

Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network

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