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

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

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by Allen Anderson, Linda Anderson
 

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A New York Times bestseller!
2012 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).

Allen and Linda Anderson adopted a traumatized one-year-old cocker spaniel who had been abandoned. Soon, the troubled dog they named “Leaf” turned their home into a war zone. Although Leaf and Allen were forging a friendship

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A New York Times bestseller!
2012 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).

Allen and Linda Anderson adopted a traumatized one-year-old cocker spaniel who had been abandoned. Soon, the troubled dog they named “Leaf” turned their home into a war zone. Although Leaf and Allen were forging a friendship with visits to dog parks and bonding time, Leaf’s emotional issues overwhelmed the couple. Shortly after Leaf’s arrival, Allen, who had spent eight years as a big city police officer and survived so many close calls that Linda called him “Miracle Man,” received a diagnosis from his doctor that made him think his luck had finally run out. Allen had an unruptured brain aneurysm that could be fatal, and the surgery to repair it might leave him debilitated. Having seen his father live for years with the effects of a massive stroke, he dreaded that the worst fate might not be death. What Allen didn’t know is that he and Leaf, like comrades facing the ultimate battle, would be there for each other with the miracle of this man and this dog coming together at exactly the right time.

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Editorial Reviews

Publisher Weekly
The Andersons (Animals and the Kids Who Love Them) have co-written several collections of uplifting animal stories, but in this work of varied success 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, not unlike many other books in the “my dog saved my life” memoir subgenre. Some readers, though, may not relate to the Andersons’ more unusual interactions with Leaf. At one point, both Andersons are concerned that a malevolent crow might attack Leaf, so Linda instructs Leaf to “make sure no crows are in the trees before you run out into the backyard.” They talk about Leaf’s “capacity for weighing pros and cons” and even his decision to run for the American presidency (manifested in a YouTube video and Facebook page). Also striking an odd note is the lack of discussion of any postoperative therapy or rehab for Allen, despite some rather alarming incidents of paranoia that left him “curled up in a corner of the room.” Photos. (Nov.)
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Praise 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, PhD, New York Times best-selling author of twenty-four books, including When Elephants Weep, Dogs Never Lie about Love, and The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving "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. It truly is the most unusual dog book ever." —Dr. Marty Becker, resident veterinarian on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show and featured columnist vetstreet.com "When I rescued my companion dog Jethro years ago, I realized this wonderful being also rescued me and taught me numerous valuable life lessons. Many people have similar stories, and this wonderful book about another amazing dog, Leaf, will be impossible to put down. In A Dog Named Leaf, two guys—a troubled and scarred shelter dog and a former police officer turned writer—face life and death challenges together. Its unexpected twists and turns kept me pinned to the pages and cheering for Leaf and Allen to heal and succeed together. The strong compassionate emotional bonds they formed—deep and enduring friendship and love—will move you in many ways. Read this most inspirational book and share it widely."—Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals, and The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons for Expanding Our Compassion Footprint"A remarkable story. It will reaffirm your faith in the unique and mutually healing bond that can form between humans and animals." —Gwen Cooper, New York Times best-selling author of Homer's Odyssey "Transcending the oft-told story of the human/dog bond, Allen and Leaf teach each other lessons of trust, love, and faithin the face of life's tumult. A must-read for anyone who has experienced the guiding spirit of a dog."—Susan Wilson, author of The Dog Who Danced "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 "Part Marley and Me and part Jon Katz, A Dog Named Leaf by the Minnesota writing team of Allen and Linda Anderson is the story of an abandoned cocker spaniel the couple rescued, despaired of, learned to love...The Andersons hire dog communicators to get to the bottom of Leaf's problems. ("I was left," Leaf apparently tells one of them mournfully.) But more problems loom: Allen Anderson is found to have a brain aneurysm, and he faces risky surgery. And then doctors find a blood clot in his leg. It is Leaf, Anderson wants us to know, who helped him through this terrible time, just as he helped Leaf adjust to his new home...While you might not believe everything in this very spiritual book (and how I wish their method of calmly explaining the rules to Leaf so that he will stop misbehaving would work with my Rosie), the story is endearing, and the many photographs of Leaf running, swimming, and chasing a tennis ball in south Minneapolis are adorable." —LAURIE HERTZEL, BOOKS EDITOR, Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 27, 2012"This touching, almost lyrical book 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, About.com Guide, December 27, 2012
Books Editor, Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 27, 2012 - Laurie Hertzel
"Part Marley and Me and part Jon Katz, A Dog Named Leaf by the Minnesota writing team of Allen and Linda Anderson is the story of an abandoned cocker spaniel the couple rescued, despaired of, learned to love...The Andersons hire dog communicators to get to the bottom of Leaf's problems. ("I was left," Leaf apparently tells one of them mournfully.) But more problems loom: Allen Anderson is found to have a brain aneurysm, and he faces risky surgery. And then doctors find a blood clot in his leg. It is Leaf, Anderson wants us to know, who helped him through this terrible time, just as he helped Leaf adjust to his new home...While you might not believe everything in this very spiritual book (and how I wish their method of calmly explaining the rules to Leaf so that he will stop misbehaving would work with my Rosie), the story is endearing, and the many photographs of Leaf running, swimming, and chasing a tennis ball in south Minneapolis are adorable."
About.com Guide, December 27, 2012 - Amy Shojai
"This touching, almost lyrical book 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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762781652
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
691,498
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are Saying About This

Author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals, and The Animal Manifesto: Six Reason - Marc Bekoff
"When I rescued my companion dog Jethro years ago, I realized this wonderful being also rescued me and taught me numerous valuable life lessons. Many people have similar stories, and this wonderful book about another amazing dog, Leaf, will be impossible to put down. In A Dog Named Leaf, two guys—a troubled and scarred shelter dog and a former police officer turned writer—face life and death challenges together. Its unexpected twists and turns kept me pinned to the pages and cheering for Leaf and Allen to heal and succeed together. The strong compassionate emotional bonds they formed—deep and enduring friendship and love—will move you in many ways. Read this most inspirational book and share it widely."
Dr., resident veterinarian on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show and featured columnist vetstreet.com - Marty Becker
"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. It truly is the most unusual dog book ever."
New York Times best-selling author of Homer's Odyssey - Gwen Cooper
"A remarkable story. It will reaffirm your faith in the unique and mutually healing bond that can form between humans and animals."
PhD, New York Times best-selling author of twenty-four books, including When Elephants Weep, Dogs Never Lie about Love, - Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
"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."
Author of Second Nature - Jonathan Balcombe
"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."
Author of The Dog Who Danced - Susan Wilson
"Transcending the oft-told story of the human/dog bond, Allen and Leaf teach each other lessons of trust, love, and faithin the face of life's tumult. A must-read for anyone who has experienced the guiding spirit of a dog."

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling authors!
In 1996, Allen Anderson with his wife Linda founded the Angel Animals Network (www.angelanimals.net) to help people discover the miraculous benefits of human-animal companionship. Since then, Allen has co-written a popular series of thirteen books on the subject. Allen’s books have been recommended or featured in O Magazine and Oprah.com, Today Show, ABC’s Nightly News, Amazon.com’s Hot 100, and B&N’s Top 10. Allen has been interviewed for USA Today, Washington Post, NPR, and other national and regional media.

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A Dog Named Leaf: The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bravo----I was right there with Allen( Author) and Leaf all the way- This journey of Love compassion trust courage patience and persistence was a wonderul testament to Soul to Soul connections and jouneys of growth and fullfillment
Elaine_of_Minneapolis More than 1 year ago
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. The turn of each page I felt the love grows between Allen and Leaf. Thank you for sharing how Leaf overcame fear with the growing bond with Allen. Four paws up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a wonderful chocolate cocker spaniel who is almost the same age as Leaf and had similar fears when he became part of our family. Through much patience and work together he has become a wonderful dog. But this book has made me realize that he has so much more he wants to give and they have shown me how to help us find that together. We do enrich each others lives. If you have a dog or are thinking about bringing a dog into your family, this a foudational read for you. Loved it.
TyWilsonSLC More than 1 year ago
 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. 
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This is a touching and heartwarming story. I loved it! I am not one for reading many true life stories, but when the author contacted me about reading this book, I decided to try it. I am glad I did. Unfortunately, due to my rather large reading list, it has taken me quite a while to get to read it, for which I am truly sorry. This story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. I am a highly emotional person when it comes to animals anyway. I have had my share of pets over the years (four dogs, one feral (turned tame) cat, a rabbit and a hamster. Oh, and some gupies - fish) and, although I currently don't have any at the moment, I would love to have either another dog or cat. Unfortunately, it is not possible at this time as I cannot afford to have one. Nevertheless, I fell in love with Leaf, who has a fantastic character. This dog has not had an easy life up until the Anderson's adopt him, and reading about their experiences with him made me laugh and cry. Gaining the trust of an abused or wild animal is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. The affection and love they share is more precious because it takes bravery to trust after being hurt. Leaf is one of those dogs that you wish you had found at the pound. However, not many people would have been brave to take on Leaf with all his issues. The Anderson's are that brave. This story is a mix of heartwarming and touching events, together with some very sad ones. However, it is mostly a story of hope, love and happiness. Animals are a gift; I believe they have souls and when they give their trust and love, we should grasp it and hold on to it for dear life. Allen Anderson has written a deeply touching story that captured my heart. I loved the photographs that were sprinkled throughout. They gave the story a visual insight into Leaf's character. I did feel that the story, although well written, to be a little slow paced for my taste. However, I am used to reading fiction, which is embellished to include fast paced action. A slower pace is sometimes good for the soul. I would definitely consider reading more books written by him in the future. I highly recommend this book if you love true life stories, memoirs or stories about dogs/animals. - Lynn Worton
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
Moving, Not Just for Dog Lovers In A Dog Named leaf, Allen and Linda Anderson have shared a moving story about the relationship between a man recovering from a brain aneurysm, and his spunky Cocker Spaniel is recovering from an abusive past. Their bond is an integral part of the healing process for both of them. This is a book not only for dog lovers, but for anyone who enjoys an inspiring story about overcoming, and adapting to what some have called "a new normal."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book ever :-P. U should check out flutter too