“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


“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


“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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