“Leaf keeps his secrets to himself, so I don’t know exactly why he does things such as what he did for the grieving child. My belief is that a loving animal like Leaf is an instrument of the Divine. Someone’s heart is broken, and Spirit directs a creature with a wagging tail, soft fur, sweet eyes, and a kind heart where he’s most needed.”
–Allen Anderson, “A Dog Named Leaf Knows Where the Ow-ees Are,” ANIMALS AND THE KIDS WHO LOVE THEM, page 165

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BOOKS by Allen and Linda Anderson

All of Allen and Linda’s books are available at New World Library, online or regular bookstores, some Costco stores, and at many gift shops that sell animal books. The books are sold with author autographs at http://www.shop.angelanimals.net .

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Animals and the Kids Who Love Them
Dogs and the Women Who Love Them
Horses with a Mission
Angel Animals
Angel Animals Book of Inspiration
Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals
Angel Dogs with a Mission
Angel Horses
Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster
Rainbows & Bridges: An Animal Companion Memorial Kit
Angel Cats
Angel Dogs
You Ought to Be in Pictures by Linda Anderson

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Speedy, the Lion King of Our Hearts


We gave the name Speedy to the slowest cat in the world. As it turned out, the only things he was consistently fast at were running away from strangers and dashing to his food bowl. Other than that, he lumbered around the house, looking like the Lion King on tranquilizers. He ruled us all with his quiet dignity.

Last night, our majesty and king Speedy moved on to rule another realm. He took our hearts with him.

What a love Speedy was. He would sit on the back of the living room sofa and literally wrap his tail around Allen’s neck while gently placing his paw on Allen’s shoulder. Even in the last hour he spent in his worn out old body, he instantly purred every time Linda touched him.

One of his most endearing actions was the way he would move his head foreword when Linda or Allen leaned over to give him a little kiss. It was as if he wanted to catch the kiss and not have to wait an extra moment for it.

Speedy was a homebody. He loved his privacy and didn’t care for strangers. To this day, there are people who visited our house and don’t know we had two cats. Our little hostess Cuddles ran to greet them. Speedy hid out of sight until they were gone.

In the last few days before he left us, Speedy stopped eating and drinking. He slept most of the time. But as weak as he was, he climbed the stairs where Linda has her office. He positioned himself under the desk where he could look at her whenever he was awake and have his head scratched.

This was a cat who absolutely hated going to the veterinarian’s office. As a younger cat, he almost had kidney failure twice and had to be “unplugged”. We called him our two thousand dollar cat. He was worth every penny.

Because of the love he had for his home and the terrible stress it put on him to go to the vet, we chose at-home euthanasia. Thanks to those beautifully kind vets from Minnesota Pets (www.MinnesotaPets.net), the lovely and gentle Dr. Helen came to help Speedy join his fellow angels last night.

Stretched out on Linda’s lap for the last time, he went peacefully and sweetly. He left a physical body behind that had served him well for nearly twenty years.

We miss you, Mr. Speedy. Like no one else we have every known, you taught us the value of quiet, constant love and devotion from an ever-gentle heart.

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By Deborah Dobson

In the mid-1990s, I was working as a youth counselor for at-risk teenage girls as part of a preventative program designed to minimize their risk of pregnancy, drug use and abuse, and truancy. Much of my job was providing support and guidance to these girls in the hope of redirecting their behavior.

I picked up Gail (not her real name) up at her home one day and felt some relief that she was at least keeping her appointments with me. We’d met two or three times before, and our lack of progress was evident in her reluctance to talk with me.

As we drove away from her house, I wondered what to do to open the door between us. Suddenly I had an inspiration to take her to a local no-kill animal shelter that I often enjoyed visiting.

When we got inside, Gail completely changed. She smiled, laughed, talked animatedly, and wanted to adopt several of the four-legged residents.

It was such a success with Gail that I decided to bring my other clients there. Over the next several months, I realized that our visits to the shelter were helping tremendously. The teens relaxed in the animals’ presence, and we were able to make deeper progress in our counseling conversations together.

I knew that I had stumbled onto something helpful and started researching therapeutic methods designed to unite at-risk teens and animals. Out of this came C.A.R.E. – Canine Advocates for Rehabilitation and Education, an experiential animal-assisted therapy (AAT) program in which teens train homeless dogs in basic obedience and make the dogs more adoptable. In return, the dogs provide a steady stream of unconditional love and acceptance — something many of these teens have never experienced.

C.A.R.E. is the result of hundreds of hours of research and many conversations with people across the country who run similar programs. It stresses safety and understanding canine body language, being a responsible dog owner, the severity of the problem of unwanted puppies and dogs, positive training methods, and the long history of companionship that dogs and humans have shared over the centuries.

The C.A.R.E. program runs for eight weeks. After the first week each C.A.R.E. session is held in two parts: the actual hands-on dog training followed by a group therapy session during which training challenges are discussed and used as a springboard for real-life challenges a teen might encounter.

For example, if a teen had difficulty teaching her dog to sit, how did she feel? What did she do with that feeling as she pursued her goal of teaching sit? And how can she apply what she learned about patience, anger management, leadership, etc., as a dog trainer to frustration she may feel at school? With a sibling? A parent?

My theory is that when the teens realize how their patient work with the dogs brings positive results, their own self-esteem will improve. This will increase the likelihood of them making healthier, more life-affirming choices.

Currently, we have several agencies ready to refer teens including our local juvenile probation and child protective services offices. We are also working with a local dog rescue group that will provide the dogs for C.A.R.E.

In these tough economic times, dogs and teens are often vulnerable populations and need more help than ever.

Visit http://www.angelanimals.net/nlimage63.html to view photos that were taken last summer at a simulated C.A.R.E. training session in Deborah Dobson’s backyard with some of the teens and dogs from her neighborhood. They were working on the training commands: sit and sit/stay.

Deborah Dobson, BSW, is founder of C.A.R.E. She has loved dogs all her life. She lives in northern Arizona and is currently working on launching C.A.R.E. and looking for her next furry, four-legged, canine companion. She needs another $3000 worth of donations to cover the cost of liability insurance and equipment for the teens and dogs. Visit the C.A.R.E. website http://www.caredogs.org for more information about where to make a secure tax-deductible donation online. C.A.R.E. is located in the area of the Verde Valley and is looking for volunteers to foster a C.A.R.E. dog or serve on its board of directors. Any support can provide help to launch this much-needed program and is greatly appreciated.

How have animals inspired you to help people?

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

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