Author's Memoir Reveals Spiritual Benefits of Animal Rescue

You always knew dogs are more than pets. They are. A DOG NAMED LEAF will validate what you suspected. There's a whole lot more going on...

Minneapolis, MN (I-Newswire) November 7, 2012 - Best-selling author of a series of animal books has written about the miraculous healing he experienced with the help of an emotionally scarred adopted dog. A Dog Named Leaf: the Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life, published by Lyons Press, November 2012, is Allen Anderson's story about the shocking news that he had two potentially fatal health issues - a brain aneurysm, which could rupture at any time, and a blood clot aimed at his heart.

Anderson's gripping memoir includes pulse-pounding brushes with danger from his years as a big city police officer, the realities of bringing home an abandoned shelter dog, experiences in dog-friendly Twin Cities, and unique perspectives on fulfilling one's purpose in life. Anderson's time of crises synchronized with the adoption of Leaf, a year-old cocker spaniel, who had turned his home inside out due to a traumatic past. This man and this dog coming together at exactly the right time offers hope to anyone who has looked into the soulful eyes of a needy dog and later realized that the rescuing goes both ways.

Anderson says, "Hopefully the dual journey of Leaf and the miracles that happened because of his heroism will make people aware of animals' unconditional love and their ability to heal human hearts." Marty Becker, the Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America's resident veterinarian, calls this book "truly the most unusual dog book ever." Animal cognition expert Dr. Marc Bekoff says the book is "impossible to put down."

In 1996, Allen Anderson and his wife Linda Anderson founded the Angel Animals Network. Their fifteen books about the benefits of pet family members have been featured on, the Today Show, ABC's Nightly News, BBC Radio, Washington Post, LA Times,'s Hot 100, and B&N's Top 10. They live with their dog Leaf, cat Cuddles, and cockatiel Sunshine. Allen Anderson's 2006 book about animal rescue won the prestigious American Society of Journalists & Authors Outstanding Book Award. He received a commendation by the Governor for his contribution as an author to the state of Minnesota. He teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center and donates a portion of his books' proceeds to animal welfare.

Events for A Dog Named Leaf will benefit Animal Ark animal shelter in Hastings, Minnesota and Helping Paws, a charity that provides service dogs to people with disabilities and injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Dog Named Leaf ($16.95, ISBN-10: 0762781654, ISBN-13: 978-0762781652), a 224-page paperback published by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot, is available November 6, 2012 at major online book retailers, in bookstores, and at For more information and to read an excerpt from the book go to Visit the book's Facebook page and view photos of Leaf at


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Allen Anderson and his wife Linda founded the Angel Animals Network, which helps people discover the   More.. benefits of human-animal companionship. Allen's books on the subject have been featured on, the Today Show, ABC's Nightly News,'s Hot 100, and B&N's Top 10. They live in Minneapolis, MinnesotaLess..

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A Dog Named Leaf
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POB 16682, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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