"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
--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
"If you've ever doubted animals have souls, this book will open your heart and mind to truly believing we are all connected. You will never doubt again. Your life will be enriched far beyond what you could have ever imagined and you will have author Allen Anderson to thank for it. A Dog Named Leaf is a great gift idea for the dog loving friends and family in your life!"
--Barbara Techel, Joyful Paws
"...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..."
--PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, September 24, 2012
"This touching, almost lyrical book [A Dog Named Leaf] 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
"...The story is about Allen and the dog’s healing process and how they helped each other. In the Epilogue Allen writes about his and Leaf’s relationship, 'We are two souls who entered each other’s lives when we most needed the healing power of a human-animal friendship.'"
--Heidi Skarie, Blue Star Visions, November 25, 2012
"This is a story about the marvelous bond between humans and dogs as well as the healing power of love, which can truly make miracles."
--CosmoDoggyLand Dog Magazine, November 2012
"A true story of health and healing of both Leaf the dog and Allen
the person. Anyone who loves dogs and believes in the bond that forms between
them and their humans will truly love this book, and realize animals give
'unconditional love and have the ability to heal human hearts.' Great
--American Dog Magazine, Winter 2012/2013