DOGS AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM — Join Us for Live Streaming of Radio Show

We did our FIRST interview for the new book that is coming out in mid-October, DOGS AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM. It was special, not only by being first, but also because we were on air with three of the amazing women who contributed stories to the book.

We invite you to listen to Sage Lewis, Jenny Pavlovic, Barb Techel and us on “The Pet Playground” hosted and produced by Sage Lewis on AM950-KTNF.

The interview will be aired on Sunday, September 5th at 6:00pm, Central Time. You can listen to the broadcast on AM950-KTNF on your radio if you live in the greater Twin Cities, Minnesota metro area or by live streaming anywhere at You can also download the show anytime after broadcast at

Pre-order our new book on,, and, and It is endorsed by Betty White, Wendie Malick, Vanessa Williams, American Humane Association, Sonya Fitzpatrick, Linda Tellington-Jones, June Cotner, and Patrick McDonnell (creator of MUTTS).
Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network — Where Pets Are Family


In her book, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, author Amy Tan writes, “I was like a turtle lying on its back, struggling to know why the world was upside down.”

How likely is it that much of the world is like that turtle, trying to view the complex animal-human relationship from a perspective that only yields false results?

In an enlightened world the veil would be lifted, and golden threads that connect all life would become visible.

In an enlightened world you would communicate easily with species that have lived on this earth longer than people, can move about it more freely, and view life in an entirely unique way. Animals would become a valued resource for decision-making, health, and happiness.

In an enlightened world there would be no doubt that the souls of animals survive death and move on into an afterlife. You would be comforted in the knowledge that you’ll be reunited with those who have placed their indelible paw prints upon your heart.

Even though you personally may be enlightened about your spiritual connection with animals, unfortunately we’re not living in an enlightened world — yet.

In our opinion future generations will look back on our modern-day era and ask, “Can you believe back then people actually didn’t know that animals are souls?”

Our cultures will seem as primitive as previous periods in history when one class, society, clan, or tribe looked down on, treated cruelly, or subjugated another and justified their actions with the viewpoint that the enslaved had no feelings, no ability to care for themselves or to make choices, no awareness, no souls. Today’s humans will appear to be arrogant people who confused the power to dominate with being superior to those who fell under their rule.

As always, a story says it best. What could life be like in an enlightened world? Please always share your stories, whenever and where you can, so that the day may come when we all live in an enlightened world.
Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network — Where Pets Are Family

DOGS AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM — Book Events for November 2010


Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Barnes & Noble Bookseller, 3940 Division Street, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 630-355-2665

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Garrison Keillor’s Common Good Books, 165 Western Ave. No., Ste. 14, St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651-225-8989

Date: Saturday, November 6, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Border’s Books & Music, 1501 Plymouth Road, Minnetonka, MN 55305
Phone: 952-595-0977

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, 307 W. Johnson Street, Madison WI 53703
Phone: 608-257-7888

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Phone: 414-332-1181
Allen & Linda Anderson with Contributing Author Rosanne Nordstrom
Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540-5310
Phone: 630-355-2665

Date: Thursday, November 18th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Valley Bookseller, 217 Main Street North, Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone: 651-430-3385

Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family

What human words do your pets respond to?

How Big Is a Pet’s Vocabulary?

The animals in our home seem to catch on to quite a bit of our verbal communication. We know that they read our body language, behavior, and emotions. They pick up mental and visual images. But we’ve been noticing the human language they recognize.

Seems like we’ve heard that dogs have up to about a 300 word vocabulary. Of course, parrots’ vocabulary can be incredible. So we’ve been experimenting with our cocker spaniel Leaf to find out which words have been imprinted on his young brain.

It’s more difficult to figure out with cats. Do they really not know words such as “Don’t scratch that,” and choose, cat-like, to ignore the plea/command? It’s easier to tell what words our bird knows. He says, “Hello,” and “I love you, sweet baby.”

Below are a few of Leaf’s vocabulary achievements.

Popcorn: mentioned at any volume from any part of the house, brings him running

Carrots: see above for popcorn

Banana: see above for popcorn and carrots

Greenie: see above for popcorn, carrots, and banana

Pampered Pooch: his favorite doggy day care center

Dog park: brings him and his orange ball to the back door, fired up and ready to go

Up, up, up: entices him to jump onto the bed for a squeeze, kisses, and a tummy rub.

Tummy, tummy, tummy: elicits a rollover that’s faster than money moving from a 401K to an IRA account

Squeaky toy: causes him to root through his collection for favorite toy of the moment

To be fair he still remembers, sort of, his dog school training commands:

Sit (more like, squat for a second),

Stay (more like, pause),

Shake (more like, wave your paw around),

Down (more like, I’ll think about it and decide if I want to)

What human words do your pets respond to?
Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family

Have you had any experiences with your feline friends helping you to heal?


In our book, “Angel Cats: Divine Messengers of Comfort”, Julie Anne Mock from Santa Barbara, California tells about Melanie, her little black cat. Melanie was a healer who decided to skip nursing school and go right into practice on her own.

Julie had been attempting to feed and medicate Laska, a very sick cat she had brought home from the animal shelter where she volunteers. Laska was near death. Hour by hour, Julie struggled to save the cat’s life.

Thinking Melanie might interfere with the sick cat’s care, Julie locked herself alone with Laska in the bathroom. But Melanie had other ideas. She assigned herself the job of nursing Laska back to health. After Melanie pounded on the door and demanded to get in the bathroom, Julie relented.

Melanie jumped up to the sink where Julie was caring for Laska. From that moment on, day after day, for several weeks, Melanie spent long sessions licking and grooming the sick cat with great tenderness and enthusiasm. Feeling the rough tongue on her forehead, Laska’s eyes closed with pleasure. She extended her neck for more of Melanie’s tender loving care.

Melanie took her job seriously and continued the treatment sessions until Laska was able to keep herself clean. Soon, the two cats became the best of friends with Laska restored to full health.

Healing seems to be a natural part of a cat’s repertoire of skills. Without any on-the-job training, a cat will heal in the most amazing ways. There are even studies now that show that a cat’s purr is a powerful healing agent. The sound frequency level of a cat’s purr, like ultrasound, actually increases bone density and strengthens and heals fractures. As a cat purrs, the vibration of this sound relieves pain and heals tendons and muscles. A person can even lie next to a cat and feel relief from the pain of migraine headaches.

Have you had any experiences with your feline friends helping you to heal?
Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family

Has a cat let you know of danger?

By Kay Marie

I got Tuffy when she was about two months old but only weighed twelve ounces.  Her mother had been hit by a car, and my friend found her outside his bedroom window, yelling her head off.  She couldn’t hold her head up so she was bottle-fed and learned how to use the litter box.  She is small and compact but really has a temper, especially if there is stray cat walking across her yard or down the walkway.

On July 13th, 2010, some teens broke into my apartment while I was asleep. Tuffy was voicing her displeasure. I thought it was just another stray cat, even when I heard noises in the living room. I just thought the cats were bumping against the window.

Then Tuffy’s cries took a new tone. When I went to get out of bed, an intruder confronted me in my bedroom.  I yelled, and he ran off. Tuffy was still snarling and crying from under the stove.  Now I will listen to her more closely when she goes on a little rampage.

Tuffy has two older brothers, Apache and Blackfoot, whom she adores. Tuffy is my little hero.

Visit to see photos of HERO Tuffy, Apache, and Blackfoot.


Has a cat let you know of danger?
Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family


When we do our workshops or book events, we always ask the participants to introduce themselves and tell us the names of their animal companions. This exercise gets a lot of laughs as people share the creative names they have given their furry friends. One of our favorites was a woman who named her two somewhat frantic cats, Schizo and Phrenia.

Literature often provides the inspiration for animals’ names. Janice says that she and her husband named their five puppies after characters in THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, a book Janice loved to read as a child. They called the pups Christian, Purity, Chastity, Tenacity, and Charity. Another woman recreated her childhood by naming her new kittens Papa Bear, Mamma Bear, and Baby Bear. They joined Bear, the adult cat, who already ruled their household.

Beverly says that Shana Punem, in Yiddish, means “beautiful face.” The name had special significance to her, because this is what her father used to call his niece when the girl was little. Beverly says, “He would cup her face in his hand and say, ‘Shana Punem.’ It was such a sweet gesture.” When Beverly adopted a dog nine years ago, she named her Shana Punem.

What name have you given your animal companion? Did you choose this name or did the animal choose it for you?

Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family