Newspaper and Magazine Book Reviews — A DOG NAMED LEAF


A Dog Named Leaf


“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, 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

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