Best Friends Magazine calls A Dog Named Leaf a “quietly magnificent memoir.”

Reviewer for Best Friends Magazine calls A Dog Named Leaf a “quietly magnificent memoir.” Winner of a national writing award, the book tells the inspiring true story of Allen Anderson and his rescued cocker spaniel Leaf coming together at the right time for miracles to occur. Now an audio book narrated by Emmy-winning documentary and award-winning stage actor Bob Malos. Hope, spiritual connection, love. Also on Amazon.com and Audible.com.

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ANGEL ANIMALS BOOK OF INSPIRATION By Allen and Linda Anderson — Reader Commnets

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“As a lifelong animal lover, I am delighted to see them celebrated in such a positive way. You and your pet will enjoy reading this together.”

— Betty White, author and actress

“Pick up several copies as gifts for all the animal lovers on your list. Yes, it really is that good!”

— Best Friends magazine

“Any story in Angel Animals Book of Inspiration will lift your spirits. These truly heartwarming stories prove the power of the unconditional love we receive from our beloved animal friends.”

— Tippi Hedren, actress and animal advocate

“Animals truly are angels upon the earth, as Allen and Linda Anderson so beautifully remind us in this wonderful book. Their heart-opening stories are inspirational and remind us to take wonderful care of our animal friends.”

— Doreen Virtue, PhD, author of Messages from Your Angels and Angel Therapy 

“This sesitive book shows what is so obvious, but what so few people see: that animals can be spiritual messengers and comforters and such a grace for us. . . . Thank goodness Allen and Linda Anderson are documenting this beautiful part of life for all to witness.”

— Kristin von Kreisler, author of For Bea: The Story of the Beagle Who Changed My Life

“All traditional peoples have viewed animals as messengers and mediators of the Divine, which is a lesson we need to relearn. Angel Animals Book of Inspiration is a bold reminder that consciousness takes many forms and is not restricted to humans.”

— Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Beyond the Body and Healing Words

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5 STARS

“Excellent! Being the animal lover that I am I was excited about reading this one. It is well written and very inspiring. I found myself loving and valueing my “boys” even more after reading!”

–Journeygirl, Amazon.com book review

5 STARS

“I dare you to read this book [Angel Animals Book of Inspiration] and not cry because you CAN NOT DO IT! First, I could NOT understand HOW or WHY there was NOT”ANY” reviews of this adorable heart wrenching book!I just”scanned it” and could not keep from sobbing. (Yes, I love animals. I share my house with a 18 year old Maine Coon mix that I have had since he was born.)THAT

FACT ASIDE how one could be a breathing HUMAN and NOT LOVE THIS BOOK is beyond me!! Yes I am going to say IT again:”GO TO THE LIBRARY IF YOU HAVE TO

BUT READ THIS BOOK! We OWE it to the animals!!”

–The Raven, Amazon.com book review 

5 STARS

Very Inspiring Book!

“This book [Angel Animals Book of Inspiration] is very heartwarming and very inspirational. We read a story every night. We all love animals so this book is perfect. Thank you.”

–D. Lochte, Amazon.com book review

5 STARS

“A book for animal lovers! Very touching stories [Angel Animals Book of Inspiration] of animals. I loved this book! If you love animals as much as I do, please read this book.

–Ruth Ann, Amazon.com book review

5 STARS

“If you’re feeling down – pick up this book! This is a wonderful book …. I always “look to the animals” to remember they are, truly, angels with messages for us if we will only stop and listen.”

–Linda Magister, Amazon.com book review

5 STARS

“Pet owners and pet lovers as well as new age libraries will relish ANGEL ANIMALS BOOK OF INSPIRATION, which uses animals to reveal compassion, teach hope, and measure feelings. Stories of animals offer heartwarming examples of unconditional love and make for an inspiring connection between pets and divine paths.”

–Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA), Amazon.com book review 

“Good book. This is a book [Angel Animals Book of Inspiration] for someone looking for inspiration or meditative topics. It’s for someone with a spiritual bent. Angel Animals is a collection of inspirational vignettes collected by the authors over the years. After most of the anecdotes the reader finds a thought to ponder. This is not a book to be read quickly over several days. It’s a good book to keep on the nightstand for a little bit of reading each day. Trying to read this book within a short time frame would be like eating a bag of chocolate covered caramels in one sitting. The candy is sweet and satisfying, but not meant to be consumed all at once.”

–Spudman, Amazon.com book review

 

 

Links to Press Releases

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Full List of Books

A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life

Animals and the Kids Who Love Them

Dogs and the Women Who Love Them

Horses with a Mission

Angel Animals Angel Animals Book of Inspiration

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals

Angel Dogs with a Mission

Angel Horses: Divine Messengers of Hope

Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster

Rainbows & Bridges: An Animal Companion Memorial Kit

Angel Cats: Divine Messengers of Comfort

Angel Dogs: Divine Messengers of Love

Angel Animals: Divine Messenger of Miracles

You Ought to Be in Pictures by Linda Anderson

 

 

SAYING GOODBYE TO YOUR ANGEL ANIMALS — Comments from Readers

Endorsements from Readers of SAYING GOODBYE TO YOUR ANGEL ANIMALS By Allen and Linda Anderson

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5 STARS

“Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet is a wonderful, and comforting book! I recently lost my beloved dog of 15 years. I was heartbroken. I decided to seek some help and found this book. It truly is comforting. The way it is written and the references are excellent. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who has lost a dear pet. My heart goes out to you, as I know exactly what you are going thru. Only pet owners who love their pets as family know what I am talking about.”

–M. Maniaci (Largo FL), Amazon.com Book Review

5 STARS

“Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet is a very effective Book for dealing with the loss of Your pet. Allen and Linda Anderson never fail to deliver a wonderfully well-written book. This book is no exception. It contains a lot of useful information about dealing with the sadness and grief that anyone inevitably feels upon the loss of a pet. I think the best part of the book is that it offers many different ways to honor your pet’s memory and celebrate the life of your beloved pet regardless of your religious or spiritual preferences.”

–Kim Link (Cumming, GA), Amazon.com Book Review

5 STARS

“Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet is a wonderfully helpful book. In June we lost our dog Brownie to cancer. I was having a difficult time dealing with my grief, so I decidied to buy this book after looking into it and a few others. It was extremely helpful. There were inspirational stories, ways to deal with your grief, and meditations that help you to mourn and honor the life of your precious animal friend(s). I liked this book because it not only had great stories and advice, it also had a great reference section in case you wanted to work outside of the book.

The book is very sensitive to the pet owner’s needs, no matter how your pet left you. I recommend this book to anyone dealing with the loss of a pet. I also went to the book’s website and signed the guestbook, the next day I received a personal e-mail from the authors. They are very thoughtful people.”

–guitargreek, Amazon.com Book Review

5 STARS

“I can look toward the future now. This is a great book [Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet]. First of all I loved the Rainbow Bridge Poem. This book really touched me in a way that I didn’t think would be able to in a time of terrible grief. It helped me through each stage of my grieving process. I would definitely recommend this to a friend or loved one.”

–rdhmommy6346, Amazon.com Book Review

5 STARS

“Incredible book [Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet]. Fantastic and soooo comforting book for anyone who has lost a pet, I had a darling dog who was severely abused before I had him, and I only had him for three years before he passed over,from cancer, unexpectedly, he was the love of my life and this book is and was incredibly helpful in helping me through the agony of his loss. I would highly recommend this book for anyone going through the agonising grief of losing their beloved pet.”

–Nessa44, Amazon.com Book Review

5 STARS

“Saying my goodbye. I bought this book [Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet] before my 10 year old cat, Koda died from oral squamous cell carcinoma. The stories gave me comfort in just knowing that none of us are alone in how we all grieve for our beloved family members. I found comfort in this book and at times they made me cry, because I could truly feel their pain in what each person had to endure and how they coped. The Andersons have put out other books that I have enjoyed reading. A must read, you won’t regret this book.”

–Koda, Amazon.com Book Review

5 STARS

“This book [Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet] is a gem! This book has so many healing words, it’s so wonderful to know that this comforting book is available.

I highly recommend this book to anybody who is grieving for a dear animal companion, to anybody whose heart is hurting for the loss of a beloved animal companion.

The author’s words are so wise, the exercises are so helpful.

This book is a gem, a treasure.”

–I Know It, Amazon.com Book Review

5 STAR

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is the best book on animal loss. I was having a really hard time with the loss of my beloved dog child and after 5 months, I thought I would never get  over it. But I found this book and along with a few others really allowed me to grieve and say good bye to the most special creature I’d ever known.”

–Susan van Rooyen, Amazon.com Book Review

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Full List of Books by Allen and Linda Anderson

A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life

Animals and the Kids Who Love Them

Dogs and the Women Who Love Them

Horses with a Mission

Angel Animals Angel Animals Book of Inspiration

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals

Angel Dogs with a Mission

Angel Horses: Divine Messengers of Hope

Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster

Rainbows & Bridges: An Animal Companion Memorial Kit

Angel Cats: Divine Messengers of Comfort

Angel Dogs: Divine Messengers of Love

Angel Animals: Divine Messenger of Miracles

You Ought to Be in Pictures by Linda Anderson

SAYING GOODBYE TO YOUR ANGEL ANIMALS

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Book Reviews 

“Allen and Linda Anderson’s book gives us permission to acknowledge the intense bond we have with our animal companions and the deep loss we can experience after their deaths. It provides helpful stories, exercises, and memorial services respecting a variety of beliefs. Infused with kindness, their work offers us help, hope, and a rainbow during the storm. I have learned from it and will celebrate and share it.”

–The Reverend Mary Piper, Episcopal priest and chaplain, cofounder of the pet loss support program at Heart of the Valley Humane Society in Bozeman, Montana

 

“Th masterful and beautiful book is rich with wisdom, inspiration, and sound advice. With sensitivity and compassion as well as practical information, the Andersons gently and deftly guide us through the complex labyrinth of emotions associated with grief. I highly recommend this thoughtful, illuminating, and comforting book.”

–Diane Pomerance, PhD, creator and director of the Pet Grief Counseling Program, SPCA of Texas, and author of When Your Pet Dies

“As a veterinary medical correspondent and lifetime pet lover, I believe in both the power of pets and the power of stories to heal. This book. . .offers a wide range of healing activities, wise information, compassionate reflection, and practical help for honoring and memorializing the life of your pet.”

–Dr. Marty Becker, resident veterinarian on ABC’s Good Morning America and author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul

“Let me say this about Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals: I love it. I treasure it. The Andersons have left no question unposed, no conflict bypassed, no reflection unacknowledged. If you are facing or have faced the loss of a beloved animal friend, let this book be your companion and your comfort. There exists no better exploration of this landscape of loss.”

–Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers and Why Buffalo Dance

“In this latest offering, the Andersons prove themselves to be the very angels and divine messengers of hope they write about in their Angel Animals series. Helping readers understand and successfully navigate the turbulent waters of grief, they remind us that the bond of love between a human soul and an animal soul is never broken and that the spiritual connection that binds us with a beloved animal never dies. Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is fine reading for those who seek to better understand the agony of pet loss and priceless gift of compassion and love for anyone anticipating or coping with the loss of a cherished animal companion.”

–Marty Tousley, certified hospice bereavement counselor specializing in pet loss and author of Children and Pet Loss and The Final Farewell

“Allen and Linda Anderson care about those who have experienced loss. With warmth and sincerity, they provide many suggestions and resources to help you through the healing process. Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals inspires and brings comfort to anyone who has lost a beloved animal companion.”

–Niki Behrikis Shanahan, author of The Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss Is Heaven’s Gain and There Is Eternal Life for Animals

“I especially appreciated this book’s [Saying Goodbye] consistent message that animals are sentient beings who we can communicate with in meaningful ways both before and after their deaths.”

–Species Link Magazine, Winter 2009

“In this wise and comforting guide to pet loss, [Saying Goodbye] the authors, well known for their “Angel Animals” anthologies, have written a simple and heartfelt examination of what to expect when faced with the death of a beloved pet.”

–Sally Rosenthal, Best Friends Magazine, January/February 2009

“…very well-written book and I have already recommended it to several people who’ve written to me recently on the passing of their beloved cats.”

–Pauline, editor, http://www.thedailymews.com

 

A DOG NAMED LEAF — Comments from readers

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“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 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

 

“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

Are you going through the heartache of pet loss?

Finding Comfort after Losing Your Pet

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Are you going through the heartache of pet loss?

Do you have a friend or relative who has had a pet die?

Would you like to know that others understand how you are feeling?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you are in the right place. Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is a book and website devoted to helping you remember, mourn, and honor your beloved pet.

Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals is also the title of our book, published by New World Library. We hope this book will offer consolation to those who must deal with the underestimated depth of grief that accompanies a pet’s death or disappearance from home.

Read excerpts from the book at website, http://www.sayinggoodbyetoyourangelanimals.com/. See if it helps you to navigate the troubled sea of emotions that have poured over you following the death of a pet.

Who We Are

We are Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of a series of popular anthologies published by New World Library about the benefits and complexities of human animal companionship.

Over the years, thousands of people have written and called us about their experiences with pet loss. We have personally experienced the loss of our own animal family members. So we know firsthand how devastating pet loss is and what a hole it leaves in a person’s heart.

We have designed our book and website to assure you that you are not alone. That what you are feeling is a normal aspect of grief and loss.

Consider holding a pet memorial service or making some other tribute to the animals who have graced your life.

We believe:

–The love of your animal companion will never die.
–Only the physical body is gone.
–The spirit lives on.
–You’ll see your pet in heaven.

If you believe these things and they bring you comfort, it doesn’t matter what any one else says. You know they are true. We support you in the spiritual approach to pet loss and healing.

We are here for you. We understand. We care.

Animal blessings,
Allen and Linda Anderson
Founders, Angel Animals Network
http://www.angelanimals.net

New Audio Book — A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life

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New Audio Book — A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life
UNABRIDGED
by Allen Anderson , Linda Anderson
Narrated by Bob Malos

A big-hearted and undeniably appealing memoir about a man and his dog. After authoring fourteen successful books that tell other people’s stories about the human-animal bond, Allen Anderson is ready to tell his own story – a remarkable journey with a highly intuitive but troubled, rescued cocker spaniel who literally saved Allen’s life.

Allen, a former police officer who became with his wife Linda, an award-winning animal book author, received shocking news. Although only in his mid-fifties, he had two potentially fatal health issues – a brain aneurysm, which could rupture at any time, and a blood clot aimed at his heart. Leaf, his newly adopted canine family member, proved that at some level he understood and wanted to help with the dire situation. A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life includes a strange but true example of animal cognition that leaves readers pondering, “What do dogs really know?” Leaf’s empathy went far beyond what scientists believe dogs are capable of knowing and doing.

Although the experiences described in the audiobook are harrowing at times, as Leaf and Allen each face life-threatening situations, their journey ends happily for both of them. Throughout the audiobook, humor cuts through the potential tragedies and lifts the Anderson family’s and reader’s spirits. By the end of the story, Allen and Leaf have formed a strange, wonderful, mysterious, and spiritual partnership that as one reviewer commented, “transcends the pet book genre by leaps and bounds.”

The audiobook takes readers on a dual journey of healing and trust for Allen and Leaf in three segments: The Journey of Two Souls Begins; Nightmares, Battles, and Surrender; Uncertain Outcomes: and Transformation and Healing.

©2012 Allen Anderson and Linda Anderson (P)2013 Allen Anderson and Linda Anderson

What the Critics Say

“I am convinced of Leaf’s ability to sense what Allen needed. Readers will feel as if they know Lef, and they’ll grow to love him too.” (Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie about Love)

“A dramatic dual journey that explores intangibles of health and healing without attempting to explain them away. This is truly the most unusual dog book – ever.” (Dr. Marty Becker, resident veterinarian for The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America)

“This book is impossible to put down. Read and share it widely.” (Dr. Marc Bekoff, Ph.D, animal cognition expert and author of The Emotional Lives of Animals)

http://www.audible.com/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B00CPP6V9M&qid=1368490018&sr=1-1

Has an animal surprised you with a gift or blessing that was exactly what would be best suited to bringing you joy?

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SUNSHINE AUDITIONS FOR A MUSICAL

Our little yellow cockatiel Sunshine has his home in the living room. Last weekend, we shared Sunshine’s space while stretching out on our living room sofas and watching the movie LES MISERABLES a couple of times. We love the classic songs and storylines in this movie that started out as musical theater.

Even though we covered his cage during the evening we viewed the movie,Sunshine must have been listening intently. Two days after our LES MISERABLES feast, Linda did her usual morning ritual. Before she started eating breakfast,she closed the door and put up a gate to keep our dog Leaf and cat Cuddles out of the living room. Then she brought out Sunshine from his cage and placed him on the living room mantel, where he likes to run back and forth between the windows on either side.

During his morning mantel time, Sunshine usually whistles and singstunes he’s sung for years. Occasionally he imitates a new whistled song Linda has offered to him and adds his own composed flourishes. Then the bird and Linda whistle back and forth to each other.

This morning, though, Sunshine sang melodies that sounded familiar but that Linda had never heard him whistle. After a moment, she recognized them. Sunshine was singing melodies from LES MISERABLES. He treated her to another way of enjoying a beautiful musical score and symphony.

Linda thanked Sunshine for his gift to her that day.

Visit http://www.angelanimals.net/nlimage107.html to view images of Sunshine.

Has an animal surprised you with a gift or blessing that was exactly whatwould be best suited to bringing you joy?

Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network
http://www.angelanimals.net

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BOOKS by Allen and Linda Anderson:

Visit our wonderful publishers’ websites at http://www.newworldlibrary.com and http://www.lyonspress.com to see the wide array of animal books and outstanding authors published by these companies.

A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life
Animals and the Kids Who Love Them
Dogs and the Women Who Love Them
Horses with a Mission
Angel Animals Angel Animals Book of Inspiration
Saying Goodbye to Your Angel Animals
Angel Dogs with a Mission
Angel Horses: Divine Messengers of Hope
Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster
Rainbows & Bridges: An Animal Companion Memorial Kit
Angel Cats: Divine Messengers of Comfort
Angel Dogs: Divine Messengers of Love
Angel Animals: Divine Messenger of Miracles
You Ought to Be in Pictures by Linda Anderson

Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family
http://www.angelanimals.net

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