LEAF, ALLEN, AND GARRISON KEILLOR

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LEAF, ALLEN, AND GARRISON KEILLOR

This weekend we had conversations about the oddity of Allen, normally a private person, writing a memoir for the public to read about Leaf, an instinctively shy rescued dog. Leaf doesn’t ever approach strangers and beg for them to pet him. People typically have to earn his trust. Allen is a still-waters-run-deep kind of man. They’re a team that understands each other.

In A DOG NAMED LEAF Allen shares details about his life now as well as the incredible experiences that happened while he and Leaf healed and rescued each other. He also reveals dramatic events that occurred prior to our starting Angel Animals Network when he was a big city police officer.

In previous books we included glimpses into our personal lives, but a memoir is different. To be honest and get its messages and themes across, the author must sacrifice a certain amount of privacy. Memoirists have to enter a “no whining zone” about surrendering their privacy. They believe the rewards of allowing themselves to show vulnerability will outweigh the risks. When people tell an author that something he wrote gave them hope or even changed their lives, the writer knows his sacrifices were worth it.

For a brief idea of personal details in the book, here’s a description from the University of Minnesota’s bookstore:

“Anderson’s memoir proves a scientific study that dogs are empathic and really do feel their owner’s pain. Leaf, an emotionally scarred rescue dog adopted by Anderson, helped the author through two life-threatening medical conditions on their joint journey of healing, love, loyalty, and hope. A Dog Named Leaf illustrates the unique and mutually healing bond that can sometimes form between humans and animals. In addition to the emotional story, this book offers advice to readers on what to expect when adopting a rescue dog, helping a fearful dog deal with veterinarians, groomers, and strangers, as well as tips for visiting hospital wards and essential things to do when a spouse is incapacitated.”

Last week, an announcement about the book was picked up on the Associated Press and Reuter’s wire services worldwide and on HuffPostTV’s Oprah Winfrey News. Word is spreading fast that this is a must-read book which, as Dr. Marc Bekoff, author of THE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF ANIMALS said, is “Impossible to put down. Read and share widely.”

Oh, and did we mention? Parts of the book are laugh-out-loud funny. Especially if you’ve noticed how men and women can have totally different ways of handling emotional situations and communicating with each other (or not) about their feelings.

As if to punctuate that there is enjoyable male-female, human-foible humor in the book, on Sunday we met Garrison Keillor, the world-renowned humorist of PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION fame. He owns
Common Good Books in St. Paul, Minnesota. We had driven to the store to drop off some postcards about the event Allen is doing there on Tuesday, November 13.

To our surprise, Garrison was walking right past our car as we drove off the lot. Allen lowered the window, and the scene went like this:

Allen: Hi, Garrison!

Garrison, who surrendered much of his privacy long ago to become an international celebrity, turned around and looked at Allen. He might have been wondering: Who is this guy calling me while I’m walking along, minding my own business on a Sunday afternoon?

Allen: Your bookstore is having an event next week for the book I wrote. Thank you!

Garrison: No problem.

The book is available now at bookstores and online. More information at http://www.adognamedleaf.com.

A DOG NAMED LEAF UPCOMING BOOK EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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A DOG NAMED LEAF UPCOMING BOOK EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

NOTE: At “book presentations” Allen will speak, read passages of the book, and have a question and answer session. At a “book signing” Allen will be signing books only but he’ll look forward to meeting and talking individually with fellow dog lovers. (You know who you are!)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Book Presentation
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA BOOKSTORES
G054 Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
PH: 612-625-6000

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1:00 TO 4:00 P.M.
Leaf’s Diva Dog Book Party, a fundraiser for Helping Paws
(www.helpingpaws.org)
Book Signing (Meet Leaf here.)
BUBBLY PAWS DOG WASH & GROOMING
3730 Grand Way (Grand & Excelsior)
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
PH: 952-657-5300

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
Book Presentation; 10% of book sales that night will be donated to
Animal Ark, a no-kill animal shelter in Hastings, Minnesota.
COMMON GOOD BOOKS, G. KEILLOR, PROPRIETOR
38 So. Snelling (Snelling & Grand)
St. Paul, MN 55105
PH: 651-225-8989, Email: info@commongoodbooks.com

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 10:30 – 11:30 AM.
Allen Anderson is featured speaker; Carolyn Walsh is featured
singer/musician. This is not a book event but is a nondenominational
gathering and meeting for spiritually minded people.
LAKE HARRIET SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY
4401 Upton Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410
PH: 612-922-4272

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Book Signing
BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS
1 East Towne Mall
Madison, WI 53704
PH: 608-241-4695

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 7:00 – 8:00 P.M., BARNES & NOBLE
Book Presentation
BARNES & NOBLE IN DEER PARK (Chicago Area)
20600 North Rand Road
Deer Park, IL 60010
PH: 847-438-7444

A DOG NAMED LEAF QUOTES FROM REVIEWS

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A DOG NAMED LEAF QUOTES FROM REVIEWS

“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.” A DOG NAMED LEAF is a great gift idea for the dog loving friends and family in your life!
–Barbara Techel,

A DOG NAMED LEAF is a beautiful story told with honesty and depth. You’ll be changed by Allen and Leaf’s journey. This book will fill you with hope.
–Peggy Frezon,

“Part ‘Marley and Me’ and part Jon Katz… the story is endearing, and the many photographs of Leaf running, swimming, and chasing a tennis ball in south Minneapolis are adorable.”
–Laurie Hertzel, “The Browser” MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE,

“Allen’s writing is able to draw the reader into some peak moments of challenge and choice in the life of both Leaf and himself, as a family. It is a rare glimpse into the deep workings of spirit through our animal human love bonds. It is one of the best examples of how we need one another to heal and that the commitment to love through all things brings forth the magic of miracles.”
–Donna Strong, AWARENESS MAGAZINE,

“…The authorial voice is distinctly Allen’s. In 2006, Allen learns that he has an unruptured brain aneurysm, seven months after the family adopts a black cocker spaniel, Leaf, from a shelter. Throughout, he clearly conveys the affection that he and his dog have for each other and how that affection proved crucial to his recovery from brain surgery…”
–PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY, September 24, 2012

EXCERPTS FROM REVIEWS ON AMAZON.COM

“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.”
–Marcia

“5.0 out of 5 stars. This book is to be shared — buy two, as you will certainly want to give one as a gift! A DOG NAMED LEAF truly touched my heart. Allen helps us to see that there is so much more going on in our relationships with our animal companions. I hope it will help others to be more aware of this incredible love bond between Souls and to also help us respect one another more. THANK YOU, Allen! I love this book! Great for all who have dogs or anyone who has furry or feathered friends!
–Misha’s Mom

“It is a compelling, engaging, mesmerizing true story. … This book is packed with day-to-day, moment-to-moment experiences between Allen, Linda, and Leaf, demonstrating the animal-human spiritual bond. The similarities between the challenges both Leaf and Allen face are astounding…The Andersons are on to something. The bond is real. My husband is now reading my copy of the book. Well written. Highly recommended.”
–Dorothy Weiss

“I love Leaf, Allen, and Linda. This book is so beautifully written. I couldn’t put it down. Allen is so brave to have shared his journey to health with us. Leaf is truly an amazing dog (Soul). I would recommend this book to anyone. I was inspired to look at all pets, including my cat Angel, with even more respect and insight into their ability to help their humans be more open to love and guidance.”
–Sheila B.

“5.0 out of 5 stars. Transcends the Pet-Animal Story Genre by Leaps and Bounds. 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 preconceived 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.”
–Barbara Buckner

 

HERO DOG AWARDS ON TV THIS WEEK

In early October we wrote in this newsletter about going to Los Angeles to be guests at American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards.

This week, an edited version of the program will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel on Thursday, November 8, 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. Central. Go to http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/herodogawards for more information. Click on the “Channel Locator” to find out what channel Hallmark is in your area.

This awards show may only be televised in the United States. If we find out there will be a video version of it, we will post that information for readers in other parts of the world to see.

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