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

By Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson


A Dog Named Leaf is now an audio book.
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Strange - Mysterious - Wonderful

Garrison Keillor and Allen Anderson at A Dog Named Leaf Book Launch.

The American Society of Journalist and Authors (ASJA) has selected A DOG NAMED LEAF by Minnesota authors Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson (Globe Pequot/Lyons Press) as one of the winners of the prestigious 2013 ASJA Awards in the Lifestyle/Memoir category.


“Pulse-pounding brushes with danger, startling synchronicities, and insights on fulfilling one’s purpose in life offer hope and new perspectives. This is truly the most unusual dog book ever.”
--Dr. Marty Becker, Resident Veterinarian Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show; featured columnist

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

"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

Editor's Notes "Oh my! Be sure you have a box of tissues handy. A Dog Named Leaf is an extraordinary book. What an experience. It is touching and beautiful."
The Messenger: A Guide to Life's Adventure, March 2013





"I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. I have read so many books about how a dog saved the human owner from depression / loneliness / alcoholism / etc. that the theme has almost become a cliché and the books often lapse into sentimentality. A Dog Named Leaf is anything but a cliché. It is a beautifully written, carefully edited book filled with love, humor and spirituality with photos of Leaf scattered throughout..."
--Jan Williams,
The Poodle (& dog) Blog, March 3, 2013

"Part Marley and Me and part Jon Katz... the story is endearing, and the many photographs of Leaf running, swimming, and chasing a tennis ball in south Minneapolis are adorable."
--Laurie Hertzel, "The Browser" MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

"A Dog Named Leaf is a beautiful story told with honesty and depth. You'll be changed by Allen and Leaf's journey. This book will fill you with hope."
--Peggy Frezon, Brooks Books, Peggy's Pet Place

"Take a break from life’s drama and venture into a world of Leaf, a rescued dog who have changed a couple’s life. Find out how rewarding adopting a dog can be, regardless of how impossible he may seem to take care of at first. Get the book [A Dog Named Leaf] and be inspired."
--WHiMZ News, November 8, 2012

"I truly found a kindred spirit in Allen and Linda.  They believe, as I do, that we should always view our animal companions with respect and appreciation.  Because when you look into the eyes of an animal, what you will discover is a spiritual SOUL that is experiencing this lifetime as your dog, or cat, or horse.  For those of us who have witnessed and been forever blessed by an animal’s love, this if for you!  Enjoy."
--Val Heart & Friends, November 2012

“The author of a series of animals books has written about the healing said he experienced with the help of an emotionally scarred adopted dog.”
--Sun-Sailor, November 29, 2012


“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







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