“… What an experience. It is touching and beautiful.” –The Messenger: A Guide to Life’s Adventure, Book Review for A DOG NAMED LEAF

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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

http://www.themessenger.info/content/home/item/1899-a-dog-named-leaf

“Allen Anderson writing draws the reader into peak moments of challenge and choice in the life of both Leaf and himself, as a family!” –Phillybookpick’s, February 28, 2013

“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

“It [A Dog Named Leaf] was very interesting, and I enjoyed the reading and stories very much.” –Kate Kahlert-Dolnick

“My copy of A Dog Named Leaf arrived before going to Mexico and I so enjoyed reading it on the beach. I will be doing a blog post about it soon. Fantastic book!” –Lisa Taron, February 9, 2013

“A DOG NAMED LEAF reminds me of a dog in our rescue named Jackson. He came to us as an outdoor dog and was an unpredictable biter. After a vet diagnosed him with an eye condition called dry eye, we treated him with daily drops. After just a few days, he became a loving happy dog and went on to a great permanent home. Dry eye is a very painful condition and the poor guy must have been suffering for a long time. Many times we find that biting means the dog is in pain. This dog taught us much and we were blessed to have him in Blue Sky Rescue.” –Kim Cook, Founder of Blue Sky Rescue

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A DOG NAMED LEAF is a moving story of a real family, with real challenges who had an amazing experience when they adopted a little Cocker Spaniel.

A DOG NAMED LEAF is a moving story of a real family, with real challenges who had an amazing experience when they adopted a little Cocker Spaniel.

This is a well written, and touching story I highly recommend. People who question a dog’s ability to connect with their humans, on an emotional level, may well be persuaded to take another look at that question. Allen & Linda Anderson make a compelling case for believing. Their rescue of Harley (renamed Leaf) does not over time appear to be just a random happenstance. Instead, it was a meeting and relationship that was “meant to be”.

When life threw Allen Anderson a huge medical curve ball, LEAF was right there for the entire journey. Not only that, but Leaf was the only being Allen often felt he could express himself to during some of his darker times.

–Chazz’s Literary Corner — Book Review

 

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“A Dog Named Leaf is anything but a cliché.” — Jan Williams

A Dog Named Leaf — Strange, Mysterious, Wonderful

 

“I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. I have read so many books about how a dog saved the human owner from depression/loneliness/alcoholism/ etc. that the theme has almost become a cliché and the books often lapse into sentimentality. A Dog Named Leaf is anything but a cliché. It is a beautifully written, carefully edited book filled with love, humor and spirituality with photos of Leaf scattered throughout…”

–Jan Williams, The Poodle (& dog) Blog, March 3, 2013

 

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Allen and Linda Can Help You Write and Publish Your Animal Stories

Allen and Linda Can Help You Write and Publish Your Animal Stories

Writing for the Pet Book and Magazine Market

Dates: 04/20/13-04/20/13

Saturday, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Teaching Artist: Allen Anderson and Linda Anderson

Ages: Adult

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Reg $49.55, Mem $44.55, Low inc. $34.65

In 2009, Publishers Weekly called pet books, “…so popular that they appear bulletproof even in a down market.” Two out of three American homes have pets, and in 2012 owners spend $53 billion on their pet family members. Publishers of nonfiction books and magazines are actively looking for pet books and articles that will become their Marley & Me or Dewey the Library Cat.

In this class, you will learn how to break into the pet book and article market as a self-published or traditionally published author with a variety of angles and options-memoirs, articles, blogs, anthologies, self-help, inspirational, photo-journals, novels, and funny takes on human-pet relationships. You will find out how to build credibility with animal lovers, deal with hot-button issues, and access a platform of potential readers.

This class will include exercises to help you develop the craft of writing compelling true stories about human-animal-connection for publication or for pleasure plus a handout listing magazines and publishers that currently publish pet books and articles. Small copy fee payable to the teaching artists.

Read more about “Writing for the Pet Book and Magazine Market” at www.loft.org/classes/detail/?loft_product_id=15766

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Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family

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Would You Like to Have a Book Coach and Mentor?

Would You Like to Have a Book Coach and Mentor?

Offered by Linda C. Anderson — 25 years of Professional Experience

  • Author of 16 books and 150 articles
  • National award-winning playwright
  • Publicist and media coach
  • Anthology, nonfiction book, novel, and newsletter editor
  • Screenwriter
  • Writing Instructor at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis
  • Winner of an Anderson Center Residency for The Loft’s Outstanding Teacher

“I enjoy helping writers to achieve their dreams and become successful. My experiences with agents, editors, and publicists have taught me much about what publishers are looking for and how to shape material into exciting and fresh presentations. I’ve been fortunate to become knowledgeable about how to write books and proposals that sell. I’ve learned the shortcuts and the pitfalls. After years of having my own work successfully published, I’m eager to coach and mentor others as their books evolve from idea stage to becoming readers’ favorites.”

Visit http://www.writingontherun.com/bookcoach.html for details or write Linda at writingontherun@aol.com

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Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family

http://www.angelanimals.net

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MAKING SPECIAL TIME FOR YOUR PETS

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Feeding, cleaning, exercising, grooming, caring for, playing with pets can sometimes seem like a full-time job. Especially in multiple-pet families.

How do you find time for it all?

If you’re like us, you have to multitask, even with your pets. Exercising includes walking combined with playtime and throwing the ball for our cocker spaniel Leaf.

Annual vet appointments involve bringing both our cat Cuddles and Leaf to the veterinarian’s office at the same time. We found that sharing their distress with each other actually seems to help them cope better. Cuddles can scurry back into her carrying case and feel safe while Leaf is having his exam.

But one thing that each of our pets requires and deserves is at least a few minutes everyday of our undivided attention. Cuddles tends to like her quiet time while sitting on Linda’s lap in the morning. Linda has to work around the cat in order to write in her journal and do a contemplation. But the sound of Cuddles’s sweet purring adds a blissful dimension to the centered start of her day.

Leaf’s special time comes at night when we take turns rubbing his belly, while he sprawls out on the bed. First, he carefully paws Allen’s side of the bed as if preparing a nesting place. Then while Linda pats his head, he answers her question — How was your day? — with grunts, groans, and other vocalizations.

Leaf licks Allen’s cheeks for a while and then settles in the middle of the bed to sleep until Linda finishes reading and turns off the lights.

Cuddles curls up next to Linda’s side. The bird is covered in his cage, sleeping on his perch behind a spray of millet. And everyone drifts into sleep and dream.

How do you make special time for your pets?

Allen and Linda Anderson

Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family

www.angelanimals.net

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