ANGEL CATS, ANGEL DOGS, and DOGS AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM Book Signings

We will be signing our books at the following Kowalski’s Markets Twin Cities locations on SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014. We look forward to seeing.

DOGS AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM

DOGS AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM

Allen, Leaf, and Linda

Allen, Leaf, and Linda

Kowalski’s White Bear Lake Market, 10:00 am to Noon
4391 S. Lake Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Kowalski’s Oak Park Heights Market & Wine Shop, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
5801 Neal Ave. N.
Oak Park Heights, MN 55082

Kowalski’s Grand Avenue Market, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
1261 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

A Dog Named Leaf is anything but a cliché.

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

http://thepoodleanddogblog.typepad.com/the_poodle_and_dog_blog/2013/03/a-dog-named-leafa-book-review.html

A DOG NAMED LEAF

A DOG NAMED LEAF

A Dog Named Leaf

A Dog Named Leaf

Leaf and Allen

Leaf and Allen

How do cat world and dog world differ in your home?

Cuddles

Cuddles

A CAT’S EYE VIEW

We have often wondered what our cat Cuddles thinks of how we relate to our cocker spaniel Leaf. Sometimes, she looks at us quizzically when we praise Leaf for behaviors that come second nature to her.

For example, we give Leaf positive reinforcement when he goes to the back door and squeals to be let out to relieve himself. We lavish emotional, heightened praise on him. “Oh, Leaf, good boy. You told us you have to go.”

Cuddles watches us with an expression of amazement on her face. Her world of fastidious kitty litter use and personal cleanliness, with a ritual of fur licking, is beyond a dog’s world of housetraining.

Here are a few other discrepancies between cat and dog world in our house:

Belly rubs – After watching Leaf roll over on his back to beg for a tummy rub, Cuddles tried the maneuver to see what all the fuss was about.  She found having us pet her belly to be of absolutely no interest or pleasure.

Leaf’s bed – Cuddles sprawls out on Leaf’s bed at night and manages to keep him off of it until she moves away.  Is this a power struggle or is Cuddles trying to find out if she prefers Leaf’s bed to hers? Actually her favorite bed is ours. She sleeps curled up against Linda for most of the night.

Leaf’s water bowl — Cuddles rarely drinks out of her bowl. She makes Leaf sit and wait until she finishes using his bowl before he can get a drink.

Leaf’s chew toys – Cuddles never understood this concept of chewing on a toy. She watches Leaf with an expression that says, “How disgusting!”

A Dog Named Leaf

A Dog Named Leaf

Leaf chasing a ball – After observing Allen bounce a ball for Leaf across the hallway, Cuddles tried to chase it a couple of times. “How boring,” she said and wandered off to lick her paws.

How do cat world and dog world differ in your home?

Allen and Linda Anderson, Angel Animals Network, www.angelanimals.net

ANIMALS STARS – NEW BOOK OFFER

We are thrilled to announce that the new book we co-authored with Robin Ganzert, PhD, president and CEO of American Humane Association, is available for a special presale offer.

ANIMAL STARS: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors is being published by New World Library. Visit the website, view the book trailer, and get details about the presale gift offer at http://www.animalstarsbook.com.

ANIMAL STARS includes fascinating true stories from world-class animal trainers who train dogs, cats, horses, bears, birds, and a wide variety of animals to star in movies, television, and commercials. It’s truly a behind-the scenes look at how animals are trained, cared for, loved, and protected.

While being entertaining and full of juicy secrets, the book also provides readers with vital information for how to train and keep their own pets safe and happy.

And guess what? Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg, Ewan McGregor, Hailee Steinfeld, and Angie Everhart contributed stories to the book about their exciting experiences with animal actors!

The book has photos of all those world famous celebrities plus Robert DeNiro with animals who won their hearts. Dr. Marty Becker, DVM, official veterinarian for the DR. OZ show and best-selling author, wrote the foreword for the book.

About this time last year, we went to the Los Angeles area to meet the animals and interview trainers whose stories are in this book. Photos from the trip show us getting to know Finder, who played Joey in the movie WAR HORSE and Crystal, the monkey who stars in the NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM movies.

Writing the book and getting to know Robin and more about American Humane Association’s outstanding mission of advocating for animals in film and television has been a highlight for us.

To received your GIFT for pre-ordering ANIMAL STARS:

1. Pre-order ANIMAL STARS from your local bookstore, a chain bookstore, or any online bookstore such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com

2. Keep a proof of purchase such as a paper receipt and make a photo of it as a jpg file.

3. Email the jpg image of your proof of purchase BY AUGUST 30, 2014 to <jilln@americanhumane.org> and let her know which gift you want an animal-themed coffee mug or tote bag — and your post-mail details.

A portion of the proceeds for this book benefit animals around the world, so order your copy of Animal Stars today! Thanks for your continued support of American Humane Association — the voice for children and animals.

“I’m so thrilled that Dr. Robin Ganzert and American Humane Association not only monitor animal safety in films and television productions but also have a unique connection to these amazing animals and their trainers. As an animal lover, I’m glad that she is bringing these stars and their stories to a wider audience while at the same time teaching the value of protecting all animals.” –Naomi Judd

“Every movie fan who loves to see animals in their favorite movies will want to read Animal Stars. The book contains lots of animal-training tips, along with the behind-the-scenes stories.” –Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation

Animal Stars

Animal Stars

A CAT’S EYE VIEW

A Cat Named Cuddles

A Cat Named Cuddles

A CAT’S EYE VIEW

We have often wondered what our cat Cuddles thinks of how we relate to our cocker spaniel Leaf. Sometimes, she looks at us quizzically when we praise Leaf for behaviors that come second nature to her.

For example, we give Leaf positive reinforcement when he goes to the back door and squeals to be let out to relieve himself. We lavish emotional, heightened praise on him. “Oh, Leaf, good boy. You told us you have to go.”

Cuddles watches us with an expression of amazement on her face. Her world of fastidious kitty litter use and personal cleanliness, with a ritual of fur licking, is beyond a dog’s world of housetraining.

Here are a few other discrepancies between cat and dog world in our house:

Belly rubs – After watching Leaf roll over on his back to beg for a tummy rub, Cuddles tried the maneuver to see what all the fuss was about.  She found having us pet her belly to be of absolutely no interest or pleasure.

Leaf’s bed – Cuddles sprawls out on Leaf’s bed at night and manages to keep him off of it until she moves away.  Is this a power struggle or is Cuddles trying to find out if she prefers Leaf’s bed to hers? Actually her favorite bed is ours. She sleeps curled up against Linda for most of the night.

Leaf’s water bowl — Cuddles rarely drinks out of her bowl. She makes Leaf sit and wait until she finishes using his bowl before he can get a drink.

Leaf’s chew toys – Cuddles never understood this concept of chewing on a toy. She watches Leaf with an expression that says, “How disgusting!”

Leaf chasing a ball – After observing Allen bounce a ball for Leaf across the hallway, Cuddles tried to chase it a couple of times. “How boring,” she said and wandered off to lick her paws.

A Dog Named Leaf

A Dog Named Leaf

How do cat world and dog world differ in your home?

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

ANIMALS SHOWING GRATITUDE

ANIMALS SHOWING GRATITUDE

A woman from Switzerland wrote to us about how an animal showed her that expressing gratitude could teach her the true meaning of  love. We could relate.

Our cat Cuddles licks our fingers in the morning, as soon as the alarm clock wakes us up. We always think she’s paying it forward and showing gratitude that we’re about to feed her breakfast. But maybe she’s already grateful for a new day.

Our dog Leaf shows enthusiasm for the little things. He appreciates mealtime, taking a walk, and going to the doggie day care to play with the other dogs. His whole body shakes with anticipation before each visit, and he repeatedly kisses us, as we begin our journey to his favorite place.

He squeals with excitement when he sees the building and then races into the door. Everybody enjoys seeing his love of being there to play.

In fact, Leaf’s immense gratitude encourages us to bring him to daycare as often as possible, even when it’s a tight pinch financially. This experience got us to thinking about how having gratitude opens a person or animal to receive even more gifts and blessings from life.

How does your pet show gratitude? What does an animal teach you about the power of a grateful heart?

You can post your answers to these questions and comments at our Angel Animals Facebook page: www.facebook.com/angelanimalsnetwork and “Like” Angel Animals while you’re there.

 

 

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

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