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
"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."
"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."
"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."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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."
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