A DOG NAMED LEAF — “the most unusual dog book ever”

A DOG NAMED LEAF

When Allen Anderson’s doctor called him with life-shattering news that he had two potentially fatal conditions – a brain aneurysm, which could rupture at any time, and a blood clot aimed at his heart, he faced even more harrowing prospects than when he worked as an inner city Atlanta police officer. Although his wife Linda called him ‘Miracle Man,’ because he’d survived so many close calls, Allen thought his luck had finally run out. He could die suddenly or be debilitated like his father who suffered for years after a massive stroke.

Allen and Linda, empty-nesters whose children were grown, had recently rescued a one-year-old cocker spaniel they named Leaf, and the dog desperately needed their help to heal from traumatic effects of abandonment. After Allen’s diagnosis, he and his dog became comrades facing battles together.

Similar to the popular accounts by medical doctors and scientists who have had near-death experiences, Allen was unexpectedly catapulted into realms typically reserved for science fiction, such as credible otherworldly visions and end-of-life flashes.

Leaf’s demonstrations of heightened awareness defied easy explanations, too. Yet they echoed findings of a University of Western Ontario study that documents dogs are extremely good at figuring out what people need. Also, Goldsmiths College’s research on empathy suggests dogs consistently attempt to comfort their owners who are in distress.

Allen’s dual journey of a man and a dog coming together at exactly the right time for mutual healing raises profound questions about unexplored realms of consciousness, the reality of heaven, and new frontiers in relationships with animals. His hope is that by telling his story with honesty and courage, it will offer hope to anyone who has felt alone, powerless against fate, or who has wanted to find a true purpose in life.
A Dog Named Leaf (ISBN-10: 0762781654, ISBN-13: 978-0762781652), a 224-page paperback published by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot, is available at major online book retailers, in bookstores, and at lyonspress.com. Visit the book’s Facebook page and view photos of Leaf at http://www.adognamedleaf.com or http://www.facebook.com/adognamedleaf

 

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Angel Animals Story of the Week – SPECIAL EDITION

September 16, 2012
Visit us at http://www.angelanimals.net
Dear Friends of Angel Animals,

Welcome to the Angel Animals Story of the Week – SPECIAL EDITION. We’re always happy to connect with fellow animal lovers.

A DOG NAMED LEAF

We invite you to check out a new book that is very dear to our heart. It is A DOG NAMED LEAF: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life by Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson, published by Lyons Press, a division of Globe Pequot Press. Read more at http://www.adognamedleaf.com .

The official release date is November 6, 2012, but you can preorder at http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Named-Leaf-Heaven-Saved/dp/0762781653/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347838235&sr=1-1&keywords=a+dog+named+leaf

On Amazon.com if the pre-order price decreases between the time you order and the end of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.

You can also pre-order the book at the Barnes & Noble website: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-dog-named-leaf-allen-anderson/1111422376?ean=9780762781652

Why pre-order?

This book has been called “truly the most unusual dog book ever” by Dr. Marty Becker, DVM, resident veterinarian for GOOD MORNING AMERICA and THE DR. OZ SHOW.

Here’s what else Dr. Becker said about the book: “With its dramatic dual journey A DOG NAMED LEAF explores the intangibles of health and healing without attempting to explain them away. This memoir’s pulse-pounding brushes with danger, startling synchronicities, and insights on fulfilling one’s purpose in life offer hope and new perspectives on the expansive power of love.”

Wouldn’t you like to be the first kid on your block to have the book?

If you pre-order, as soon as the book is released, you can post customer reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as online book clubs such as Good Reads. Tell the world about this amazing story of human-animal spiritual partnership and companionship.

There are millions of books published each year. We need your help to bring this inspiring book — so full of love and hope — to the attention of readers in a world that needs upliftment now more than ever.

Allen and Leaf’s mutual journey of healing is a miracle story like none you have ever read. We can promise you that with sincerity. Here’s why. As with all our other books, we ask well-known authors and celebrities to write “blurbs” or endorsements for the book. This one has endorsements by two NEW YORK TIMES best-selling authors as well as other authors of best-selling animal books.

Not only did well-respected authors love the book, they wrote glowing letters to us with their endorsements. One author wrote, “After finishing A DOG NAMED LEAF, I had to go lie down for a few minutes. What a story! Congratulations on what I’m sure will be a best selling memoir. Thank you for sharing it with me and allowing me to add an endorsement. Thanks for the opportunity to get a sneak peek at Leaf.”

We are grateful for your support and can’t wait for you to read this special book.

Why do YOU want to pre-order A DOG NAMED LEAF? Please share your comments and answers to the question on http://www.facebook.com/adognamedleaf and “Like” A Dog Named Leaf and Angel Animals.

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This week’s story is an excerpt from A DOG NAMED LEAF.

We encourage you to e-mail this newsletter in its entirety to your animal-loving friends and encourage them to sign up for our weekly publication. They will be joining a terrific community of thousands of like-minded people from around the world. We do not sell or share our newsletter subscriber list with anyone.

Animal blessings,
Allen & Linda Anderson

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STORY OF THE WEEK

A DOG NAMED LEAF — EXCERPT
By Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson

Excerpt from A DOG NAMED LEAF: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life by Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson, published by Lyons Press, Guilford, Connecticut, 2012. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.
During my healing process Leaf became my channel for viewing and living in the strange postsurgery world where my body could no longer be trusted to do what was necessary. After I was cleared to drive again, I took Leaf to the dog park, so both of us could relax.

With my frontal lobe (that controls emotions) still not in total functioning mode after brain surgery, other drivers agitated me. I now understood how a person could be overtaken by road rage. To my embarrassment, I found myself yelling with the windows closed, at a driver who lingered at a stoplight.

It irritated me that they crossed lanes too closely in front of my car, chattered on their cell phones, or indulged in other poor driving habits. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have been fazed much and just made sure I got out of their way.

In our car CD player we keep a recording of around five thousand people chanting the mantra “HU.” For me, it is an incredibly soothing sound. The voices of all these chanters fluctuate and harmonize into a magnificent, unrehearsed symphony of high vibrational sound.

When I’m driving, I often push the button on the car stereo system and listen to the uplifting song waft through the speakers. With Leaf in the car, I doubly enjoy the chant, sensing that it also soothes and comforts him.

On this day, Leaf watched me from the front seat as my anger erupted at other drivers. I was like someone with Tourette’s syndrome, unable to censor my negative mind talk. After watching me scream at a bus that stopped frequently in front of my car, Leaf reached his paw over to the CD player. Out of six buttons on the stereo radio, he firmly pressed the one that allowed the CD to play.

The timing, position of his paw, his selection of buttons, and the CD that happened to be in the stereo could have all been coincidental. I didn’t care. I needed it. Consciously or not, I knew Leaf was being God’s messenger for me.

His act of compassion had its desired effect. I calmed down and let the chant heal my troubled, aching heart and mind. Gratitude welled up in me. My dog had figured out how to supply exactly what I needed to dissolve a passion of the mind I couldn’t control at that time.

I looked over at him. As if nothing had happened, as if he did this sort of thing every day, his attention returned to the traffic. His curious eyes darted back and forth, as he watched cars whiz by.

Who was this dog? If I couldn’t register an oncoming vehicle, would he lean over and steer the car out of the way for me too?. . . .

I knew now that life had turned our relationship to its flip side. Leaf was rescuing and trying to heal me. This little black cocker spaniel, abandoned and thrown out like someone’s trash, had become nothing less than a spiritual giant in my life.

Visit http://www.adognamedleaf.com, http://www.facebook/adognamedleaf, and http://www.facebook/AngelAnimals for photos of Leaf.

BIO:

In 1996, Allen Anderson and his wife Linda Anderson founded the Angel Animals Network to use the power of story for raising awareness of the spiritual gifts pet family members bring to homes. They are award-winning authors who have written 15 books, with a half-million in print, translated into multiple languages. The Andersons’ books have been featured on Oprah.com, the Today Show, ABC’s Nightly News, Amazon.com’s Hot 100, and B&N’s Top 10. In December 2012 a video of Leaf will be part of Animal Planet’s special, “A Year in Pup Culture.” The Andersons live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with their cat Cuddles, cockatiel Sunshine, and a dog named Leaf.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

When has an animal served as your spiritual partner in life?

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ADDITIONAL ENDORSEMENTS FOR A DOG NAMED LEAF:

“A DOG NAMED LEAF is a very touching and well-written book that clearly comes from Allen Anderson’s heart. Although I am not a religious or spiritual person and couldn’t wrap my mind around some of the things that happened in Allen and Leaf’s story, the more I read, the more my skepticism melted. I am convinced of Leaf’s ability to sense what Allen needed. This book will make readers feel as if they know Leaf, and they’ll grow to love him too.” –Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Ph.D., NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of 24 books, including WHEN ELEPHANTS WEEP, DOGS NEVER LIE ABOUT LOVE, and THE DOG WHO COULDN’T STOP LOVING

“When I rescued my companion dog Jethro, I realized this wonderful being also rescued me and taught me valuable life lessons. A troubled and scarred shelter dog and a former police officer face life and death challenges together making A DOG NAMED LEAF impossible to put down. Its unexpected twists and turns kept me pinned to the pages and cheering for Leaf and Allen to heal and succeed together. Read this most inspirational book and share it widely.” –Marc Bekoff, author of THE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF ANIMALS, WILD JUSTICE, and THE ANIMAL MANIFESTO

“A remarkable story that will reaffirm your faith in the unique and mutually healing bond that can sometimes form between humans and animals.” –Gwen Cooper, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of HOMER’S ODYSSEY

“A DOG NAMED LEAF transcends the oft-told story of the human/dog bond as Allen and Leaf teach each other lessons of trust, love, and faith in the face of life’s tumult. This book is a must-read for anyone who has experienced the guiding spirit of a dog.” –Susan Wilson, author of THE DOG WHO DANCED and ONE GOOD DOG

“I was moved by this story of resilience and love. It conveys beautifully the vulnerability and richness of a dog’s life, and the connection between their biographies and our own.” –Jonathan Balcombe, author of SECOND NATURE and THE EXULTANT ARK

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Read more at http://www.allenandlindaanderson.com

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BOOKS by Allen and Linda Anderson:

All of Allen and Linda’s books are available at New World Library, Lyons Press, online, or regular bookstores, and at many gift shops that sell animal books.

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
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ANGEL ANIMALS VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

We have produced a series of short videos about the work of Angel Animals. In the videos we share a bit about ourselves. We also present our message of the spiritual connection between animals and humans. Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/angelanimalsnetwork to view a variety of videos.

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OTHER INFORMATION

The Angel Animals Network is devoted to collecting and disseminating original, true stories about the spiritual connection between people and animals. You can learn more about Angel Animals at http://www.angelanimals.net. Visit our Angel Animals Online Shopping at http://www.shop.angelanimals.net.

If you send this newsletter to others (and we hope that you will), please don’t change it in anyway and include the information above about the Angel Animals Network. Thank you.

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What are your memorable snapshots in time with animals?

SOUL EQUALS SOUL

Allen recently heard a special friend say that each moment in life is a snapshot in time; often gone before we are ready.  Allen was in a rushed circumstance when he heard the words. In the week of vacation he was preparing to take, he wanted to think about how this view of life applied to him, Linda, and Leaf.

During Allen’s vacation days away from his job in computer software, he took care of Cuddles, Sunshine, and Leaf while Linda visited their grown children in Atlanta and then her mother in Texas.

Each vacation day, Allen took Leaf to the large dog park next to the Mississippi River.  The visits are always filled with adventure and fun, while the two of them explore trails and riverside. As they walked down the mile-long dirt path to the dog park, Allen noticed that Leaf would look directly at the faces of people passing by him.

Leaf lifted his head high and made eye contact with each person. Many seemed surprised that they are being acknowledged with eye-to-eye contact by a dog.

Was this a snapshot in time moment, when a human feels a spiritual connection with another life form, in a chance meeting, on a dirt trail?  Did each of those human beings feel a spiritual connection with a dog?

After Leaf took his snapshot of each person he passed, Allen heard comments from the people. They said things such as, “There’s a lot going on with that dog,” or “What a interesting personality — such a character,” and “Such beautiful eyes!”  Almost every person smiled at Leaf and then at Allen. In each person’s face the eyes grew just a bit brighter and more alive.

There is a saying in ancient religious traditions that soul equals soul. Leaf and the people he passed experienced that age-old wisdom for a moment. As a snapshot in time, two souls, regardless of the physical body each inhabited, met an equal.

An individual remembers a snapshot in time for as long as possible. It becomes a moment of light connecting with light, soul with soul; of remembering what was lost, what was forgotten, and who and what we are.

But the moment slips away. The veil quickly takes its correct and proper place, covering the light, bringing each of us back to daily life.  The moment is gone, and the snapshot fades from memory before we’re ready.

As Leaf moved to the next person along the trail, another moment in time, another snapshot may have been recorded in memory. Maybe not all of them faded quickly.

On Friday Cuddles, our cat, and Leaf finally had enough of Linda’s absence as the end of Allen’s vacation neared.  The cat and dog lay down on the back of the couch and looked forlorn.

Allen told Cuddles and Leaf that Linda would be home soon, but they wanted to see her NOW. 

Visit www.angelanimals.net/nlimage81.html to view the photo Allen took shortly before he left to pick up Linda at the airport. It is a snapshot of two souls waiting to be reunited with their missing loved one. Visit www.angelanimals.net/nlimage80.html to view an image of Leaf.

What are your memorable snapshots in time with animals?

Allen and Linda Anderson
ANGEL ANIMALS NETWORK – Where Pets Are Family
www.angelanimals.net

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Dogs and the Women Who Love Them by Allen and Linda Anderson

NEW — ONE WEEK ONLY PRESALE UNTIL OCTOBER 2

Dogs and the Women Who Love Them by Allen and Linda Anderson. Twenty true stories of dogs and women who changed each other’s lives. Endorsed by Betty White, Wendie Malick, Vanessa Williams, Linda Tellington-Jones, and American Humane Association, among others. Reviewed or mentioned in Modern Dog, Publisher’s Weekly, and Library Journal so far.

Rory Freeman, #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of Skinny Bitch, an Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres favorite book, says in the foreword, “This book will open your heart, warm your soul, and make you proud to be a dog-loving woman.” Visit the Angel Animals Online Bookstore at http://shop.angelanimals.net/product.sc?productId=24 to pre-order now.

Have you had the impression that an animal who passed away guided or handpicked another pet for you?

Heavenly Animal Matchmakers

Many people have written to tell us of animals who seemed to guide the next animal into their lives. This happened to us when our dog Prana presented our next puppy Taylor to Allen in a dream. Prana carried the little one out of a vast ocean and dropped her at Allen’s feet.

When we met Taylor the next day, Allen immediately recognized this soul that Prana had found to be the perfect one to join our family.

The experiences of animals in dreams introducing the next soul to a family leads to the concept that the spirit goes to an inner world between lives and awaits its next assignment. What does a soul that was in an animal body do while it is away?

Monica Ramsten from Helsingborg, Sweden, sent us a description of a series of inner experiences in which she witnessed the journeys of animals in the afterlife. We included her story in our book, ANGEL ANIMALS BOOK OF INSPIRATION (New World Library, 2009). Monica had been wondering what souls do in the afterlife. She especially wanted to know what had happened to her cat Knarren after he died.

Monica wrote, “I saw a school where each animal attended classes at his or her own level of consciousness. There were twelve levels of classes. … I learned that the animals move gradually through these levels as they pick up other animal bodies and return again and again to earth.

“Within each class they attend, the animals go deeper into the subjects they are studying. They spend many lifetimes in the animal kingdom before they are given the chance to move to the ninth level.”

What do the animals learn in the heavenly classes and bring back to earth when they rejoin a person or family for another lifetime? What have they come here to teach humans? Who among us will be wise enough to listen to the Angel Animals?

Have you had the impression that an animal who passed away guided or handpicked another pet for you?

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

Looking for Everyday Dr. Dolittles

We are looking for stories from people who are not professional animal communicators to publish in a new e-book. This experience can be a communication between you and a pet or an animal in nature. It can happen while the animal is here or in the afterlife.

We’d especially like to find stories that answer the following questions by telling about a true, personal experience:

* When have you felt like you heard or received a clear message from an animal?
* When have you felt like you were able to get an animal to understand or receive a message from you?
* How and why do you think this experience happened?
* What techniques or methods did you use to create an open channel of communication between you and the animal?
* Is the method(s) you used something other nonprofessional communicators could be successful with?

Tell your story in no more than 2,000 words with the following process:
* Describe the animal and your relationship with him or her
* Explain the circumstances that led up to the animal communication experience you had
* Close with what you believe you learned or had a deeper understanding of because of this experience
* Send us the story by February 27, 2010.
* Email your stories to angelanimals@aol.com. In the subject line write, (Your Name), animal communication story.

If we can consider your story for the new e-book, we’ll be back in touch with you and explain how the writing, editing, and publishing process will work.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thanks for participating.

Allen and Linda Anderson
E-mail: angelanimals@aol.com
Angel Animals Network
Website: www.angelanimals.net

What experiences have you had with animals in which they showed you irrefutably that you and the animal had communicated?

Communicating with Animals

How many times have you wished you could communicate with your pet or an animal in nature? It’s a universal wish of animal lovers to exchange thoughts with a creature who means so much to you.

Trained and skillful animal communicators often say that they’re only doing what we all have the capacity to do. Ours is just undeveloped. The average person doesn’t trust or recognize what she or he sees and hears from animals.

Animal communication has always intrigued us. But living with our especially talented communicators — our cocker spaniel Leaf and our wise black-and-white tabby Cuddles — has provided us with a deeper level of understanding this process.

This morning, Leaf made his customary trip to the acres of off-leash dog park near the river where he loves to explore. Allen has many experiences with him there, because Leaf seems to be more of who he truly is in that expansive freedom.

Today, a little boy was teetering like a tightrope walker across a fallen log that hovered above the forested ground below. Leaf typically enjoys performing a balancing act on this type of log — the higher off the ground the better.

Allen said to our daredevil dog, “Why don’t you go and show that little boy how it’s done?”

With his amber eyes Leaf looked up at Allen as if to say, Great idea! He trotted off to the log, leapt on it, and soon was strutting his expertise for the little boy. The child’s parents clapped for Leaf, and the boy giggled.

No one had taught Leaf to obey a command: Show the little boy how it’s done. We don’t think you’d find it in any dog training manuals. But Leaf understands this everyday kind of communication and proved it with his actions, much to everyone’s amazement.

What experiences have you had with pets or animals in nature in which they showed you irrefutably that you and the animal had communicated?

We welcome you to answer this question and the “Something to Think About” question at our blogs and forums, so everyone can see your comments.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
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Angel Animals Network
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