Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life by Minnesota authors, Allen and Linda Anderson (New World Library, October 1, 2008), is a collection of twenty true stories about dogs who found their purpose in life and gave bucket-loads without expecting a return. The foreword is written by Marc Bekoff, PhD, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology
the University of Colorado, Boulder.
As with the hugely popular Marley & Me, millions of dog lovers will want to be inspired and entertained by the dramatic human-and-dog journeys in this new book. The amazing stories provide laughter, proof that miracles are possible, and tears - the good kind.
Keno, the yellow Lab took only 22 minutes to find a lift operator, buried in an avalanche (people can't survive more than 30 minutes) and was named Search and Rescue Dog of the Year in 2002 by Purina.
Abdul, the first service dog, trained by Bonnie Bergin and Kerrill Knaus-Hardy in the mid-70s, paved the way for people with disabilities to gain independence.
Marvin, a lame, Rhode Island SPCA Labrador retriever turned family pet, paints with his tail, has exhibits of his artwork, visits schools and nursing homes, and raises money to enable elderly and sick people to keep their pets.
Anna, a German shepherd at Ground Zero after September 11, damaged her lungs searching through the wreckage and inspired Sarah Atlas to start an assistance program for volunteer search and rescue dog handlers.
Kobi, a yellow Lab and beloved family pet with an exceptional sense of smell and intelligence, became one of the most famous cancer-sniffing dogs in the world and contributed to breakthrough research fro combating this deadly disease.
Tuffy, a King Charles Cavalier served as grief counselor with Dr. Karla Rose during the horrible days following the Virginia Tech shootings
Skidboot, the world famous Texas blue heeler of cowboy and entertainer David Hartwig, was a guest on Jay Leno, Oprah, and David Letterman shows but started life as an abandoned puppy who grew up to become an inspiration for millions.
"Founders of the Angel Animals Network and the authors of several books dealing with our spiritual bond with domestic animals, Allen and Linda Anderson manage to remind us who some of the real angels in our lives are. In Angel Dogs with a Mission, the Andersons turn their attention to canines with special purposes, such as service dogs, dogs who perform animal-assisted therapy, police dogs, cancer-detecting pups, and search-and-rescue dogs. As with their previous anthologies, this inspiring collection of stories speaks to the heart the spirit."
--Sally Rosenthal, "The Animals' Bookshelf," Best Friends Magazine, November/December 2008
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Angel Dog with a Mission:
Divine Messengers in Service to All Life
"This book is a tribute to the fact that many of our most effective doctors, nurses, therapists, police officers, emotional counselors, rescue workers, and spiritual teachers have four legs instead of two."
--Amelia Kinkade, author of Straight from the Horse's Mouth: How to Talk to Animals and Get Answers and The Language of Miracles
"Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life is a book every animal lover should read. A collection of extraordinary stories about heroic working dogs, it reminds us how dogs enrich our lives...and for little in return. The world would be a poorer place without our four-legged angel friends."
"Allen and Linda Anderson, founders of the Angel Animals Network and inspirational speakers, present dogs who have saved lives, given hope to troubled teenagers, and have brought joy to the injured; includes the story of a Labrador retriever that can pick up a phone for its owner who suffers from muscular dystrophy."
--Alex Moore, FOREWORD Book Review Editor