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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.

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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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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

WOOF, MEOW, WRITE, and PUBLISH: Writing about Pets and Animals for Love and Money is a new, downloadable, three-part, comprehensive course to guide you in writing books, articles, stories, blogs, and essays about animals for pleasure or extra income. We designed and wrote this one-of-a-kind course based on our experience as best-selling, award-winning authors of 14 published pet books.

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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and Linda Anderson fan page.

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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.

This newsletter is sent to you by the Angel Animals Network.Copyright 2012, Allen and Linda Anderson, Angel Animals Network. All rights reserved. Nothing in this newsletter may be reproduced or published without the written permission of the individual authors and/or copyright owners. Angel Animals(r) is a registered trademark.

WRITE TO HEAL. PUBLISH TO INSPIRE.

WRITE TO HEAL. PUBLISH TO INSPIRE.

It’s time again for Linda to teach “Inspirational Writing & Publishing Today” for the Loft Literary Center from March 14-April 18. This time, the class, which Linda has taught since 1998, is at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hopkins, a suburb just west of Minneapolis. Details are in the announcement section below.

Many of Linda’s previous students have used information and encouragement from the inspirational writing class to go on and get books, articles, and stories published. At a recent Loft event, Linda met a woman who just had her book published. She said, “I wrote my book and found a publisher because of taking your class. Thank you.”

The class always fills up fast, so be sure to register right away. Register online at http://www.loft.org or by phone at 612-379-8999. Specific information about the class is at https://www.loft.org/adult-classes (just fill in the form with name of instructor, Linda Anderson).

 

Allen and Linda Anderson

Angel Animals Network – Where Pets Are Family

http://www.angelanimals.net

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MY GOLDEN RETREIVER WANTS TO PLAY

Published in the Angel Animals Story of the Week Newsletter on October 23, 2011.

MY GOLDEN RETREIVER WANTS TO PLAY
By Kaylee (Fifth Grade Student)

I am a student from the school that Linda visited to talk to us about writing. I think Linda and Allen’s book is great, and you have inspired me to write more often. Thank you very much.

I told Linda and my class the story about my dog Max and how he ran into a soccer net and got all tangled up.

My dog has taught me something: That you should love dogs by what’s inside not just by how cute they look or what kind of breed they are. It’s what inside that counts

My other story about Max is kind of like the story from ANGEL ANIMALS when the lady’s cat told her to get some rest.

Max is a golden retriever and he needs a lot of exercise. Most of my weekends I sit and play video games or am working on the computer. Well, Max doesn’t like that. So he makes me go outside to get fresh air and to play.

One day, I was playing on my X-box, and Max started to bark. I said, “You need to go outside to potty.” He barked some more. So I grabbed his leash and hooked him up.

We went in my back yard, and he went to his favorite place. He sat down. I said, “Go potty.” Instead he started to run and he grabbed his ball and dropped it right in front of me. I threw it, and we played run, chase, and fetch for an hour.

I think Max sensed that I needed exercise.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

Is there an animal who wants you to go outside, get some exercise, and play?
Allen and Linda Anderson
Angel Animals – Where Pets Are Family
www.angelanimals.net

We’re sharing this story in honor of the release of our NEW book, ANIMALS AND THE KIDS WHO LOVE THEM. Visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/animalsandthekidswholovethem. The official release date is November 15, but it may be in bookstores this week, so be sure to look for it. The stories are incredible! So heartwarming and informative, too, about how children and animals connect with each other in such healing and creative ways.  -Allen and Linda Anderson

 

Making the Transition from Life Journey to Inspiring Others

Making the Transition from Life Journey to Inspiring Others
Linda Anderson, www.writingontherun.com and www.angelanimals.net

Writers have a collective confession to make. If we are to be honest, we must admit that no matter what kind of hell we are going through, a small voice in our mind is saying, “This will make great writing material someday.”

In the class I have taught at The Loft Literary Center since 1998, “Inspirational Writing and Publishing Today,” I’ve had the honor of helping class members move from their painful or joyful life’s experiences to writing that inspires, informs, and uplifts others. Each class has a gem of give and take as we work together to bring out the best in each other.

My philosophy is to create a safe and sacred place where there is no judgment, and the atmosphere is nurturing and supportive. We exchange ideas and read and discuss examples from masters of the inspirational, memoir, and self-help writing genres. Through practical information that a published author learns over the years, I help to encourage a writer’s self-expression and desire for publication.

The people who take my class are individuals. They may not know how special they are, but I see a spark of divinity in each of them. They have as much (or more) to teach me, as I have to teach them. They use the exercises, techniques, and examples I give to share their life experiences from perspectives that are uniquely their own. What a gift of giving and receiving this class becomes. No wonder so many of the members have continued to meet and keep in touch long after our time together has ended.

On the evaluations that class members fill out during the last session, the comment they most often make is that this class far exceeded their expectations. This happens because I don’t view this class as one that ends. I give the members my materials and insights from writing 14 inspirational books plus hundreds of articles, blogs, and essays. I hope they can continue to refer to class materials as their writing goals form or change.

Here are some comments from previous classes:

“I love the handouts. Your choice of materials educate, enlighten, and ring true.”

“This is a safe atmosphere, non judgmental. Otherwise, I don’t think people would share what they do here.”

“I love the short assignments and the in-class writing exercises”

“I like the way we share with our classmates. Your ability to guide us to a useful form of feedback is helpful to me.”

“I appreciate hearing about your experiences and what others share about their experiences.”

“I see the format and rationale of this class a bit more clearly each week. You are very generous with your time. I am learning as well as making new friends.”

“I’m being stretched in good and productive ways through in-class writing and giving feedback.”

“The best instructor I’ve had – informative, prepared, creative, connected, professional, helpful, and caring.”

“You are quite available and responsive to requests. The one-to-one meetings are of great help.”

“I really appreciate your commitment to being of service to other writers. It is a real rarity to find someone so dedicated and professionally humble. I have bragged extensively to my writer’s group about you and your wisdom. Thank you.”

“I love the organization and fun that you gave the material and I would recommend it to others. Keep inspiring writers. It’s the greatest gift of all.”

“You’re very organized and kept right on track. The readings were great. Perhaps your class was about finishing some healing work on me before I attempt to finish the books I’m writing.”

If you’d like to join me and other writers this summer at The Loft Literary Center for a six-week “Inspirational Writing and Publishing Today” class, go to http://www.loft.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=2202

This class tends to fill up fast, so consider registering today. I’ll look forward to meeting you and helping you to fulfill your writing dreams.