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

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 or

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 <> 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

AMAZON Reviews of A DOG NAMED LEAF by Allen Anderson

A Dog Named Leaf

A Dog Named Leaf

“You will think I would be biased as I am one of the animal communicators mentioned in the book A Dog Named Leaf. I can tell you that I expected a nice story, but I couldn’t put the book down. The trials so honestly written by the author will touch your heart. The story of Leaf’s journey and healing will amaze you, not too heavy, there’s humor, but it’s a journey which will inspire you and touch your heart at the courage, love and experiences of the author and his wonderful dog. It’s very special.” –Marcia, reviewer

“It takes courage to share your story. I also think to share the deep love of a pet takes courage. The fact that Allen, being a man, shares his deepest fears and also his amazing love for Leaf makes this book truly inspiring. We’ve heard many stories of the connection between women and dogs, or children and pets, but to hear Allen share his deepest thoughts and biggest fears, as well as, his devotion and love for Leaf touched me deeply. As I read the last page of his book I wanted to weep. I wanted to weep for those that never experience a connection like Allen and Leaf have. I wanted to weep in happiness for Allen and his recovery. I wanted to weep for the courage it took for Allen to share this remarkable story that some may find hard to believe at times. But I know it is real as I’ve experienced some profound moments with my own dogs, just like Allen has with Leaf. 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.” –Barbara Techel “Author of Frankie the Walk ‘N… (Elkhart Lake, WI), , reviewer

” A Dog Named Leaf truly touched my heart. Allen helps us to see that there is so much more going on in our relationships with our animal companions. I hope it will help others to be more aware of this incredible love bond between Souls and to also help us respect one another more. THANK YOU Allen! I love this book! Great for all who have dogs or anyone who has furry or feathered friends!” –Misha’s Mom, Amazon Review of A Dog Named Leaf

“I thoroughly enjoyed A Dog Named Leaf, couldn’t put it down, have given it as a gift, and highly recommend it! I was touched by how Allen and Leaf were brought together in order to help each other heal from both physical and emotional wounds. Throughout the book, Allen recognizes and shares the spiritual growth opportunities he receives through his deep love bond with Leaf. As a love relationship coach, I also enjoyed references to Allen’s relationship with his wife, Linda. Allen shows how people respond differently to crises and the value in understanding the other’s perspective.” –Lyndra H. Antonson, reviewer

“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.” –Christopher Wilson (Salt Lake City, Utah United States)

“5 out of 5 stars. Transcends the pet-animal story genre by leaps and bounds. I finished this book in two sittings. It’s a page-turner. It’s about every day life in its most usual aspects — making a living and partnering your spouse. But it’s also about how the past weaves seamlessly with the future to make you whole. It’s also about life and death — enduring a life-threatening illness and having to go way beyond preconceived limits of patience and stamina.” –Barbara Buckner, reviewer

“This is a wonderful book that shares the personal life struggles and loving support between a dog and his family. Written with honesty, humor, introspection and warmth. I have purchased several to share with dear friends as it has touched me deeply!” –Betty Redfield (Syracuse, NY, US), reviewer

“It was a wonderful book. I recommend it to any animal lover, be they cat or dog. Leaf and his dad are special people.” –Nancy C. Miller (Prescott, AZ, USA), reviewer

“A Dog Named Leaf” touched my heart deeply. It showed how the qualities of love patience persistence surrender and trust—-were developed in 2 Souls who were in each others life. It showed how they developed a relationship of great blessings to each other. The animal/ human bond was so beautifully demonstrated—I fell in love with Leaf. I admired the journey of each–I highly recommend this book.” –Robin Houlgate, reviewer

“What an amazing personal story! I couldn’t put the book down. This heart opening adventure will help so many people. I learned more about how to reach the inner depths of listening to my own dog, soul to soul. I appreciated understanding more about police work from the inside out, and how to prepare for going to the hospital to deal with critical illness. I loved the part about dog groomers at the end, and the very important gift of service that they provide. My dog groomer cried when I gave her a copy of the book. I think she felt the love coming from the book! I was so inspired after reading Allen Anderson’s book, that I immediately ordered 5 more copies to give away to friends and family. A Dog Named Leaf is a must read!!!” –Maureen Dixon, reviewer

“Praise to the authors for so honestly sharing their personal journey with Leaf. I laughed. I cried. I pondered the deeper meaning behind the relationships with my own canine companions. More than a who rescued who story….so much more.” –Sandy , reviewer

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


Today Show this morning — amazing quadraplegic Patrick Ivison achieved his dream. Walked across stage for his graduation.The part of Patrick’s story that is missing is in our book, ANIMALS & THE KIDS WHO LOVE THEM. Surf Dog Ricochet raised thousands of dollars to fund Patrick’s therapy, which was VERY expensive. Ricochet counterbalanced the board while Patrick surfed. We interviewed Patrick & his mother Jennifer for the book. They credit Ricochet & owner Judy Fridono by saying, “Ricochet has given Patrick the gift of recovery.”