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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About the Author
Allen Anderson and his wife Linda founded the Angel Animals Network, which helps people discover the benefits of human-animal companionship. Allen’s books on the subject have been featured on Oprah.com, the Today Show, ABC’s Nightly News, Amazon.com’s Hot 100, and B&N’s Top 10.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Journey of Two Souls Begins 1
Chapter 1 Life as I Knew It 3
Chapter 2 Meeting Harley 10
Chapter 3 Going Home 19
Chapter 4 Leaf s Secrets 29
Chapter 5 Never Give Your Wife a Memo 35
Chapter 6 Memory Lane 39
Part 2 Nightmares, Battles, and Surrender 45
Chapter 7 Doctor Doogie Howser 47
Chapter 8 Leaf at Home 53
Chapter 9 Leaf in the World 59
Chapter 10 The Building of Life 67
Chapter 11 Leaf's Strategies 73
Chapter 12 Just When You Think It Can't Get Any Worse 77
Chapter 13 Facing Fears 85
Chapter 14 The Manual 91
Part 3 Uncertain Outcomes 99
Chapter 15 Rallying Allies 101
Chapter 16 "Be Nice, Leaf…" 106
Chapter 17 The Ticket 111
Chapter 18 The Surgical Procedure 121
Chapter 19 Using My Ticket 126
Chapter 20 Leaf the Healer 132
Chapter 21 Alpha Leaf 138
Chapter 22 The Name Game 143
Chapter 23 The Retreat 149
Chapter 24 Meltdown 156
Part 4 Transformation and Healing 159
Chapter 25 Leaf's Personality Revealed 161
Chapter 26 Graduations 167
Chapter 27 My Body Remembers 175
Chapter 28 Leaf Speaks; Others Hear 179
Chapter 29 Leaf's Life Is Threatened 185
Chapter 30 Knocked Down but Not Out 190
Chapter 31 My Mission, Should I Choose to Accept It 195
Chapter 32 How Far Have You Come? 200
About the Authors and Angel Animals Network 213
What People are Saying About This
"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."
"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 guysa troubled and scarred shelter dog and a former police officer turned writerface 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 formeddeep and enduring friendship and lovewill move you in many ways. Read this most inspirational book and share it widely."
"A remarkable story. It will reaffirm your faith in the unique and mutually healing bond that can form between humans and animals."
"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."
"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."
"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."