A Dog Named Leaf — Winner of the prestigious 2013 ASJA Awards in the Lifestyle/Memoir category

The American Society of Journalist and Authors (ASJA) has selected A DOG NAMED LEAF by Minnesota authors Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson (Globe Pequot/Lyons Press) as one of the winners of the prestigious 2013 ASJA Awards in the Lifestyle/Memoir category. It’s the story of how one man and one dog came together at exactly the right time for miracles to occur. This award is like the Academy Awards for authors in that it is given by your peers. Some of the best writers in the country submitted books for consideration. The awards will be given out at the evening cocktail party in New York as part of the ASJA conference on Thursday, April 25. http://asja.org/for-writers/annual-writing-awards/2013winners.php

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Good news from Allen & Linda about A DOG NAMED LEAF

Good news from Allen & Linda about A DOG NAMED LEAF

The American Society of Journalist and Authors (ASJA) has selected A DOG NAMED LEAF by Minnesota authors Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson (Globe Pequot/Lyons Press) as one of the winners of the prestigious 2013 ASJA Awards in the Lifestyle/Memoir category. It’s the story of how one man and one dog came together at exactly the right time for miracles to occur. This award is like the Academy Awards for authors in that it is given by your peers. Some of the best writers in the country submitted books for consideration. The awards will be given out at the evening cocktail party in New York as part of the ASJA conference on Thursday, April 25. http://asja.org/for-writers/annual-writing-awards/2013winners.php

Please share this announcement with your dog loving social media friends.

A DOG NAMED LEAF

A DOG NAMED LEAF

“I’ve fallen in love with Leaf! I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a cute little dog’s journey from a troubled past to a loving relationship with his new master, a relationship that carried his master through the perils of brain surgery. Allen Anderson has portrayed him with humor and love. The photos scattered among the pages confirm the verbal picture of him as an adorable little pooch.

“This is a story of Leaf’s abrupt abandonment by former owners, his transition into the Anderson’s loving household, his troubled behavior, his gradual healing, Allen’s discovery of a life threatening aneurism, his profoundly human concerns in the days leading up to the dangerous surgery, and the special part Leaf played in Allen’s dreams to reassure him of the outcome.

“The book glows with love, the love of one soul for another, no matter that they occupy different body forms. It provoked laughter, sympathy, and compassion. I’m so glad I read it!” –Kenneth J. Lucas “Ken Lucas” (Chanhassen, MN USA), Amazon.com reviewer

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“I loved this book so much I had to have Allen and Linda Anderson as guests on The Real Dr. Doolittle Podcast Show With Val Heart. Allen and Linda are so passionate about their love for animals and the miracles they truly are. Their work is focused on the nature and essence of spirituality and the lessons that animals teach us. This book touched my heart and inspired me. You won’t be able to put it down!” –Val Heart (San Antonio, TX, USA), Amazon.com reviewer

“A Dog Named Leaf is an intimate accounting of a Man (Allen) facing a life threatening health issue and his Dog (Leaf) who in his own struggles of abandonment and rescue builds a bond of trust and love with his new owner. When Allen finds out he needs surgery he realizes his “friend” Leaf is there every step of the way. Allen watches Leaf re discover the world as he builds trust in his new surroundings and with his new owners. (a difficult thing to do when you’ve been cast aside by previous loved ones) The comical antics of Leaf lend humor and spiritual understanding to many everyday experiences that both Leaf and Allen are going through. This book is a very quick read because you become so involved in the true life characters. You can’t wait to see how it all turns out.” –Donna Owner, Pet Grooming by Donna, Amazon.com reviewer

“This is a beautiful book and I loved learning about the relationship between Allen and Leaf. I bought several copies to give as gifts for Christmas! Very heartwarming tale. :)” –Heather Renae, Amazon.com reviewer

“The most difficult part of writing a review about “A Dog Named Leaf” is resisting the temptation to share some of the many priceless moments to be found in this wonderful book. Allen and Leaf share a spiritual journey which takes both of them through very tough times – Leaf, an abandoned and badly disturbed but amazing puppy, and Allen, a man filled with uncertainty as he faces a health crisis which could end his earthly life. The parallel suffering and healing these two guys go through really opened my heart – and it will yours as well.” –Daniel Tardent, Amazon.com reviewer

“Allen and Linda Anderson out did themselves as they shared the intimate story of their lives with the world. The story intertwines the trust built between Allen and Leaf, a frightened dog as Allen faced potentially life-changing health issues. I couldn’t put the book down. Each page the love grows between Allen and Leaf. Thank you for sharing how Leaf overcame fear and the growing bond with Allen. Four paws up!” –Minneapolis reader (Minneapolis, MN USA), Amazon.com reviewer

“A wonderful book about the unconditional love between canine and human. I was able to vicariously experience the relationship between Leaf and his humans and felt drawn into the emotions of the frightful medical situation through the eyes of both humans and canine.” –Doggiemom7701, Amazon.com reviewer

“I know Allen and Linda. This is such a personal account of what could have been so tragic. I am so anxious to meet Leaf at a local booksigning. He is a gift from God with tender loving paws.” –Animal Lover, Amazon.com reviewer

“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, Amazon.com reviewer

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“I received a complimentary copy of “A dog named Leaf” from the authors. It is a compelling, engaging, mesmerizing true story. Abandoned, then dumped at an animal rescue shelter, and finally adopted by the Anderson family, Leaf overcomes his distrust, and fears, and is transformed into a survivor, faithful friend and master strategist, according to Author Allen Anderson. 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. Together they move on, learning, discovering, healing, and helping each other to “brush off the dust of past failures and lapses in judgment, get back up, and be in the present.” (pp205.)

The “Building of Life” dream experience and Leaf’s “ticket for Allen” solution is profound and almost beyond belief. Allen was diagnosed with an unruptured brain aneurysm and……, but wait, I am revealing too much. You can read the rest in the book. Just before I wrote this review, a breaking news item blazed across our television screen, here at home. Another dog, Duke, also adopted from an animal rescue shelter, saved the life of a baby. In her sleep, the infant had stopped breathing. It was around 3:am in the morning. Duke, awakened the parents, pouncing on their bed, barking incessantly until they followed him to the baby. Paramedics summoned to the house, were able to revived the baby. She is okay. “How did the dog know?” my husband asked in wonder. I answered, “The spiritual bond between Duke and the family who saved him. It’s like the bond between Leaf and Allen. Something about unconditional love and animal communication. The Andersons are on to something. The bond is real. It’s explained right here in this book, ‘A Dog named Leaf.” My husband is now reading my copy of the book.

Well written. Highly recommended.” –Dorothy Weiss (ORLANDO, FLORIDA United States , Amazon.com reviewer

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AMAZON Reviews of A DOG NAMED LEAF by Allen Anderson

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“You will think I would be biased as I am one of the animal 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 very special.” –Marcia, Amazon.com reviewer

“It takes courage to share your story. I also think to share the deep love of a pet takes courage. The fact that Allen, being a man, shares his deepest fears and also his amazing love for Leaf makes this book truly inspiring. We’ve heard many stories of the connection between women and dogs, or children and pets, but to hear Allen share his deepest thoughts and biggest fears, as well as, his devotion and love for Leaf touched me deeply. 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.” –Barbara Techel “Author of Frankie the Walk ‘N… (Elkhart Lake, WI), , Amazon.com reviewer

” 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, Amazon Review of A Dog Named Leaf

“I thoroughly enjoyed A Dog Named Leaf, couldn’t put it down, have given it as a gift, and highly recommend it! I was touched by how Allen and Leaf were brought together in order to help each other heal from both physical and emotional wounds. Throughout the book, Allen recognizes and shares the spiritual growth opportunities he receives through his deep love bond with Leaf. As a love relationship coach, I also enjoyed references to Allen’s relationship with his wife, Linda. Allen shows how people respond differently to crises and the value in understanding the other’s perspective.” –Lyndra H. Antonson, Amazon.com reviewer

“I loved this book. It highlights something I’ve always believed, that there is far more going on in the mind of a dog than most people think. It’s a terrific book for anyone that’s ever had a rescue dog and knows the problems and pitfalls along that path, as well as the reward that awaits when you give your heart completely to a new dog. Allen Anderson’s journey with Leaf is a wonderful story and I’m very happy that he chose to share it with us.” –Christopher Wilson (Salt Lake City, Utah United States)

“5 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 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.” –Barbara Buckner, Amazon.com reviewer

“This is a wonderful book that shares the personal life struggles and loving support between a dog and his family. Written with honesty, humor, introspection and warmth. I have purchased several to share with dear friends as it has touched me deeply!” –Betty Redfield (Syracuse, NY, US), Amazon.com reviewer

“It was a wonderful book. I recommend it to any animal lover, be they cat or dog. Leaf and his dad are special people.” –Nancy C. Miller (Prescott, AZ, USA), Amazon.com reviewer

“A Dog Named Leaf” touched my heart deeply. It showed how the qualities of love patience persistence surrender and trust—-were developed in 2 Souls who were in each others life. It showed how they developed a relationship of great blessings to each other. The animal/ human bond was so beautifully demonstrated—I fell in love with Leaf. I admired the journey of each–I highly recommend this book.” –Robin Houlgate, Amazon.com reviewer

“What an amazing personal story! I couldn’t put the book down. This heart opening adventure will help so many people. I learned more about how to reach the inner depths of listening to my own dog, soul to soul. I appreciated understanding more about police work from the inside out, and how to prepare for going to the hospital to deal with critical illness. I loved the part about dog groomers at the end, and the very important gift of service that they provide. My dog groomer cried when I gave her a copy of the book. I think she felt the love coming from the book! I was so inspired after reading Allen Anderson’s book, that I immediately ordered 5 more copies to give away to friends and family. A Dog Named Leaf is a must read!!!” –Maureen Dixon, Amazon.com reviewer

“Praise to the authors for so honestly sharing their personal journey with Leaf. I laughed. I cried. I pondered the deeper meaning behind the relationships with my own canine companions. More than a who rescued who story….so much more.” –Sandy , Amazon.com reviewer

Newspaper and Magazine Book Reviews — A DOG NAMED LEAF

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Reviews:

“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

“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, Brooks Books, Peggy’s Pet Place

Allen says, “Thanks to a loving, intuitive, paper-chewing pup, I am alive and well today.” –National Examiner, as told to L.A. Justice, December 17, 2012

“Take a break from life’s drama and venture into a world of Leaf, a rescued dog who have changed a couple’s life. Find out how rewarding adopting a dog can be, regardless of how impossible he may seem to take care of at first. Get the book [A Dog Named Leaf] and be inspired.” –WHiMZ News, November 8, 2012

“I truly found a kindred spirit in Allen and Linda.  They believe, as I do, that we should always view our animal companions with respect and appreciation.  Because when you look into the eyes of an animal, what you will discover is a spiritual SOUL that is experiencing this lifetime as your dog, or cat, or horse.  For those of us who have witnessed and been forever blessed by an animal’s love, this if for you!  Enjoy.” –Val Heart & Friends, November 2012

“The author of a series of animals books has written about the healing said he experienced with the help of an emotionally scarred adopted dog.” –Sun-Sailor, November 29, 2012

“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, Joyful Paws

“…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

“This touching, almost lyrical book [A Dog Named Leaf] 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

“…The story is about Allen and the dog’s healing process and how they helped each other.  In the Epilogue Allen writes about his and Leaf’s relationship, ‘We are two souls who entered each other’s lives when we most needed the healing power of a human-animal friendship.'” –Heidi Skarie, Blue Star Visions, November 25, 2012

“This is a story about the marvelous bond between humans and dogs as well as the healing power of love, which can truly make miracles.” –CosmoDoggyLand Dog Magazine, November 2012

“Allen gives all animal lovers a gem in ‘A Dog Named Leaf – The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life.'” –Wendy Garrett, Conscious Living

“Allen’s writing draws the reader into 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

“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

Endorsements for A DOG NAMED LEAF by Allen Anderson

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Endorsements:

 

“When I rescued my companion dog Jethro, I realized this wonderful being also rescued me and taught me valuable life lessons. A troubled and scarred shelter dog and a former police officer face life and death challenges together making A Dog Named Leaf impossible to put down. Its unexpected twists and turns kept me pinned to the pages and cheering for Leaf and Allen to heal and succeed together. Read this most inspirational book and share it widely.” –Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice, and The Animal Manifesto

“Pulse-pounding brushes with danger, startling synchronicities, and insights on fulfilling one’s purpose in life offer hope and new perspectives. This is truly the most unusual dog book ever.” –Dr. Marty Becker, Resident Veterinarian Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show; featured columnist vetstreet.com

“A Dog Named Leaf is a very touching and well-written book that clearly comes from Allen Anderson’s heart. Although I am not a religious or spiritual person and couldn’t wrap my mind around some of the things that happened in Allen and Leaf’s story, the more I read, the more my skepticism melted. I am convinced of Leaf’s ability to sense what Allen needed. This book will make readers feel as if they know Leaf, and they’ll grow to love him too.” –Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of 24 books, including When Elephants Weep, Dogs Never Lie about Love, and The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving

“A remarkable story that will reaffirm your faith in the unique and mutually healing bond that can sometimes form between humans and animals.” –Gwen Cooper, New York Times bestselling author of Homer’s Odyssey

“A Dog Named Leaf transcends the oft-told story of the human/dog bond as Allen and Leaf teach each other lessons of trust, love, and faith in the face of life’s tumult. This book is a must-read for anyone who has experienced the guiding spirit of a dog.” –Susan Wilson, author of The Dog Who Danced and One Good Dog

“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, and The Exultant Ark

A Dog Named Leaf — Book Reviews

A DOG NAMED LEAF featured on the cover of AWARENESS MAGAZINE

A DOG NAMED LEAF featured on the cover of AWARENESS MAGAZINE

“This is a wonderful book that shares the personal life struggles and loving support between a dog and his family. Written with honesty, humor, introspection and warmth. I have purchased several to share with dear friends as it has touched me deeply!” –Betty Redfield (Syracuse, NY, US), Amazon.com review

“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

“…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.” –Publishers Weekly, September 24, 2012

“This touching, almost lyrical book [A Dog Named Leaf] 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

“A remarkable story that will reaffirm your faith in the unique and mutually healing bond that can sometimes form between humans and animals.” –Gwen Cooper, New York Times bestselling author of Homer’s Odyssey

“I loved this book. It highlights something I’ve always believed, that there is far more going on in the mind of a dog than most people think. It’s a terrific book for anyone that’s ever had a rescue dog and knows the problems and pitfalls along that path, as well as the reward that awaits when you give your heart completely to a new dog. Allen Anderson’s journey with Leaf is a wonderful story and I’m very happy that he chose to share it with us.” –Ty Wilson, Goodreads.com review

“I was thoroughly engaged by this story of mutual healing. Cocker Spaniel Leaf came into Allen’s life at just the right time. As Leaf helps Allen deal with anxieties about his upcoming brain surgery, Allen gently helps Leaf transform from a fearful dog to a friendly, confident and happy companion. Lovely true tale.” –Peggy Frezon, Goodreads.com review

“By far the best book I have read in the last couple of months. In my opinion a must read for all.” –Pam Anderson

“Read the book with my wife. It is a very touching and insightful story about a spiritual relationship between a man and his dog. It goes beyond expectations. After reading this book, I wish I could meet Leaf.” –John Houlgate

“What a great story! I have had rescue dogs in my family, and I absolutely fell in love with Leaf. I am from the area and recognized the names of places and people; I have also had Mary Stoffel do readings for me. Now I pass this book to my friend who adopted a black cocker spaniel within the last year.” –Darlinda Alexander

Reviews of A DOG NAMED LEAF

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“I really enjoyed the event & I read the book in one sitting. Excellent!” –Jari Brenner, February 22, 2013

“ How gorgeous! It’s the first time I’ve seen how beautifully brown his eyes are. What a love!” –Susan Stern, February 10, 2013

“Allen’s readings are fun and very interesting. I give it 4 paws up!” –Elaine Garley, February 20, 2013

“Oh I just loved your beautiful book Allen and Linda. And of course I am a devotee of this very handsome canine Leaf. Your story is so engaging and inspiring. Thanks for allowing others into your life on such a personal level; I’m confident your story will help others in countless ways.” –Beth Faint Gedatus

“A true story of health and healing of both Leaf the dog and Allen the person. Anyone who loves dogs and believes in the bond that forms between them and their humans will truly love this book, and realize animals give “unconditional love and have the ability to heal human hearts.” Great book.” –American Dog Magazine, Winter 2012/2013

Editor’s Notes “Oh my! Be sure you have a box of tissues handy. A DOG NAMED LEAF is an extraordinary book. What an experience. It is touching and beautiful.” –The Messenger: A Guide to Life’s Adventure, March 2013

Ever met a dog who ran for president? –A Dog Named Leaf

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Ever met a dog who ran for president?

By D. E. Munson, Author

This review is from: A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life (Paperback)

How about an undersized, pure black, curly-haired, handholding alpha spaniel with an Elvis lip and a penchant for holding you up to a mirror? Or maybe one who helps you find purpose, gratitude, and your ticket to life? If not, you’ve got to meet Leaf.

Allen Anderson, former policeman and author of this book, lays bare his Soul and shares his life-and-death professional and personal adventures with such unimaginable courage and humility that you shiver and smile simultaneously. His hero, incidentally, is an undersized, pure black, curly-haired, handholding alpha spaniel with an Elvis lip . . .

To say this book is well written is an understatement. To describe the wisdom you ingest when you devour Leaf’s and Allen’s insights and incredible experiences is nearly impossible. It reaches into areas you were likely afraid to explore.

I, from my heart, encourage you to do it anyway.

D. E. Munson, Author of By The Time I Got To Woodstock

A DOG NAMED LEAF — Book Review by Gary Foster

An insightful exploration of love in a time of great stress, February 6, 2013

By Gary Foster

This review is from: A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life (Paperback)

I was greatly moved by this book. It is a gutsy move to expose one’s fears and feelings in a life or death situation. Maybe because I’m a guy, I’d be quite reluctant to reveal too much about something as scary and personal as the author’s experience, you know, stiff upper lip and all that.

The link with an abused rescue dog however, makes this more than just the tale of a personal journey. It provides a fascinating higher viewpoint to an already life changing experience. Facing a possible sudden death is enough to consume most people’s attention completely. Allen demonstrates the literally life giving effects of reaching out in a time of great stress to give love another soul when most of us would be totally, and not unreasonably, self absorbed.

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