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"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 book."
--American Dog Magazine, Winter 2012/2013

"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, Guide, December 27, 2012

Allen says, “Thanks to a loving, intuitive, paper-chewing pup, I am alive and well today.”
--National Examiner, as told to L.A. Justice, December 17, 2012

"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

"...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

"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, November 2012

"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

"[A Dog Named Leaf] 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

"Allen's writing is able to draw the reader into some peak moments of challenge and choice in the life of both Leaf and himself, as a family. It is a rare glimpse into the deep workings of spirit through our animal human love bonds. It is one of the best examples of how we need one another to heal and that the commitment to love through all things brings forth the magic of miracles."

"...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, [A Dog Named Leaf] 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

“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

“Pulse-pounding brushes with danger, startlingsynchronicities, 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

“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

"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 Ar

“Thesestories show the loving bond between females and their dogs. This bond that these two souls enjoy will be felt by everyone who reads this book, as they hug and kiss their own dog because they know it's all true."
--Nancy Allen, American Dog Magazine, Winter, 2010

“[Dogs and the Women Who Love Them] … features some very special canines and the women who walk beside them to fulfill missions, work, and dream.”
--Sally Rosenthal, Best Friends Magazine, The Animals’ Bookshelf, November 2010

“Packed with vivid characters, zippy anecdotes and memorable moments, Dogs & the Women Who Love Them blends spirit and spunk into absorbing first-person narratives that inspire, empower, enlighten and have you begging for more.
--Ranny Green, Seattle Kennel Club, November 2010


“If you are a dog lover (it’s hard to believe there are people who are not), you’ll not only love this book, you will benefit from it by being reminded how important your pet is to you, and how significant you are to your pet.”
--Marilyn Dalrymple,, November 2010

"If you have known the countless joys of living with an animal companion, you are going to cry at least once when you read 'Dogs and the Women Who Love Them,' the 13th book by Minnesotans Allen and Linda Anderson."
--Mary Ann Grossman, St. Paul Pioneer Press, October 31, 2010

"The common theme running throughout is that dogs are not only faithful companions but also spiritual guides and messengers of love. The stories of Major, Sandy, Princess, Java, Lady, McDuff, and others will resonate long after the book is finished. VERDICT: [Dogs and the Women Who Love Them] All will touch the hearts of readers fortunate enough to enjoy or seeking this type of relationship."
--Susan Riley, Library Journal, Mount Kisco P.L., NY, September 2010

"The rescuing works both ways again in Allen and Linda Anderson's Collection, Dogs and the Women Who Love Them: Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration, as canines who've suffered abuse, neglect or misfortune seek and comfort humans who've endured the same."
--Karen Holt, O Magazine, November 2010

"This compelling book [Dogs and the Women Who Love Them] of true stories about women and their dogs underscores what many of us have experienced with our own pups, that a special dog can led to a revelation or shift in perception, setting one on a path of adventure and self-discovery.
--Connie's Book Club, Modern Dog Magazine, October 2010


“When I was a child I was fascinated by the love for horses the cowboy heroes showed -- like Roy Rogers' horse Trigger. Indeed, Trigger at times seemed almost human. This book [Horses with a Mission] celebrates horses that have helped people heal in various ways and that have become special servants to people in need. Horses clearly can have therapeutic uses, and the collection of stories here captures some of the more remarkable examples.”
--Bill Tammeus, Bristol Herald Courier, October 10, 2009

“As with all the Andersons’ books, Horses With a Mission relates amazing, poignant stories of animals who make a difference in people’s lives. These horses, though, go beyond the expected to true acts of courage and heroism, demonstrating the powerful link between humans and horses and also the feats of love and compassion possible when we follow our best instincts.”, October 2009

“[Horses with a Mission] With twenty-one dramatic true stories of courageous, loyal, and loving horses who found their life's purpose, this book reveals the wonders possible when both humans and horses are encouraged and allowed to follow their best instincts.”
--New Consciousness Review: Books that Expand Minds and Lift Hearts, August 28, 2009

“This book is well written and packed with unique accounts of the many ways in which horses serve. The authors, the Andersons contend that every horse has a mission either as symbols of courage, wisdom, hope, forgiveness or in the entertainment arena of action, the sports field exuding athleticism, grace, and single-minded focus, – or to help us remember history, preserving the type of freedom we all aspire to attain – or offering emotional healing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these unique beings. Perhaps you will too and you may find yourself agreeing with the authors. You might find yourself actually dancing to the rhythm of the mighty hooves of Horses with a Mission. Enjoy the Ride!”
--Damalion,, October 13, 2009

Horses with a Mission: Extraordinary True Stories of Equine Service is a feel-good book that any animal lover can appreciate. Featuring 21 dramatic true stories of courageous, loyal, and loving horses who found their life's purpose, this book reveals the wonders possible when both humans and horses are encouraged and allowed to follow their best instincts. While I am a dog person at heart, I found many similarities in the stories included in Horses with a Mission and several of the dog-human stories I've read in the past. This is a brilliant compilation of loving, heart-warming stories and would make a wonderful gift for any animal lover on your list this year.”
--Nicole, Lapdog Creations, October 2009

"Horses with a Mission is a great book that shares amazing and heart-warming, true stories about horses. The stories show how horses help humans by enriching, inspiring, and even saving lives.”
--Ride Magazine, November 18, 2009

“Another great work [Horses with a Mission] by authors Allen and Linda Anderson.  This husband and wife writing team have put together such classics as the popular Angel Animals anthology series published by New World Library including Angel Dogs, Angel Cats, Angel Horses, and many more.”
--Pet Memorial World, October 2009

"Another wonderful book by Allen Anderson of stories from his readers of how horses have changed peoples lives. Very touching stories of horses that return to their original home, the impact the horse had on a person and/or the whole family. All the stories touch the reader and you find yourself remembering the stories and talking to other animal lovers about them."
--Victoria Yates,, November 14, 2009

Another great work [Horses with a Mission] by authors Allen and Linda Anderson.  This husband and wife writing team have put together such classics as the popular Angel Animals anthology series published by New World Library including Angel Dogs, Angel Cats, Angel Horses, and many more. The Andersons use their literary works to draw attention to the miraculous benefits of the human-animal relationship. A portion of their book sales goes to supporting animal shelters..."
--Pet Memorial World, August 30, 2009

"This irresistible book [Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life] contains dozens of amazing stories about dogs who rescued, healed, taught, and changed the lives of people across the nation."
--Animal Wellness Magazine, February/March 2009

"This volume [Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life] is filled with inspiring and touching stories of service dogs, therapy dogs, and dogs who have healed, saved lives, taught, and inspired in their mission to be of service to both family members and strangers."
--Species Link Magazine, Winter 2009

"I especially appreciated this book's [Saying Goodbye] consistent message that animals are sentient beings who we can communicate with in meaningful ways both before and after their deaths."
--Species Link Magazine, Winter 2009

"In this wise and comforting guide to pet loss, [Saying Goodbye] the authors, well known for their "Angel Animals" anthologies, have written a simple and heartfelt examination of what to expect when faced with the death of a beloved pet."
--Sally Rosenthal, Best Friends Magazine, January/February 2009

Animal rescuers set to go in after Gustav
By Sharon Peters, Special for USA TODAY

“The government officials and procedures have taken intoaccount that people won’t leave without their pets and have made provisions for that,” says Linda Anderson, who with her husband Allen, investigated Katrina and wrote Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster, a clarion call for advance disaster planning for animals. “The intake procedures are organized and standardized so animals don’t get lost in the system. … (The government) is working side by side with the animals groups.”

Excerpt from USA TODAY article, p. 4D, September 2, 2008


"The 10th book by Linda and Allen Anderson, founders of the Angel Animals Network (, Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life, collects true stories of the achievements of working dogs."
--By Dick Donahue, Publishers Weekly, 9/1/2008

Linda Anderson featured on KARE 11 "Showcase Minnesota"
talking about Angel Dogs with a Mission

"Rescued is the best book I have ever read on Katrina animal rescue. Amazing, can't put it down.
--Diane Lade,, July 28, 2008

"In this thoughtful book [Saying Goodbye] two longtime animal lovers walk readers through the pain and sorrow of pet loss. They offer solace and caring advice on planning an appropriate memorial ceremony, dealing with grief, and getting past the depression of losing a treasured companion.", July 2008

"RESCUED: Saving Animals from Disaster was very well received by the students and my faculty colleagues.  It provided a very helpful framework for our [Animals in Disaster, Spring 2007, Arkansas Tech University] course study."
--Kay C. Goss, CEM, Director of Emergency Management and Crisis Communications

"Through their personal stories, they (Allen and Linda Anderson) share a wide range of experiences and lessons learned from a variety of animals -- cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, raccoons, bears, birds, dolphins, deer, and more."
--Dog Fancy, "News Hound", February 2008

"The carnage Hurricane Katrina left behind included a devastating pet toll. The authors of Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster, Allen and Linda Anderson, founders of the Angel Animals Network, tell stories about a noble effort to save the four-footed forgotten ones."
--Jackie Loohauis-Benett, Staff, Milwaukee Jouneal Sentinel, December 29, 2007

"In their blockbuster book Angel Animals: Divine Messengers of Miracles (New World Library), award winning authors Allen and Linda Anderson share amazing true tales of wonderful animals who bring ordinary humans heartwarming lessons in divine love."
--Gina Barlow, Sun Newspaper, "Miracle Power of Animals", November 19, 2007

"These (Angel Animals) animal stories inspire us and reflect a consciousness of viewing our relationship with animals in a different light, such as teachers, healers and ambassasors of Divine Love.  This is the 'miracle' each story conveys."
--Kathy DeSantis, Awareness Magazine, November-December 2007


"Angel Animals: Divine Messengers of Miracles is a collection of stories by ordinary people about the spiritual lessons and truths they've learned from animals.  This book will become one of your favorites."
--Tucson Citizen, December 12, 2007

"In Rescued: Saving Animals from Disaster, Linda and Allen Anderson revisit the hurricanes of 2005, interviewing hundreds of rescuers, hurricane survivors and government officials. The book shares stories of animal rescue and reunion, and presents information to help pet owners prepare for disaster."
--Stacy N. Hackett, Cat Fancy, May 2007

"If you love horses and appreciate the countless gifts they bring to our lives, you will want to keep this exceptional collection of heartwarming stories close to your bedside for inspirational reading. Angel Horses is a rare gift to the world of equines."
--Linda Tellington-Jones, founder of the Tellington TTouch Method

"Rescued is the most comprehensive book to date on what became a major news story after the storm – caring for the animals of New Orleans. . .The book is an urgent call to action, and readers who have pets will find it a useful guide to evacuating with animals – for preparedness, as we all learned, is everything."
--Susan Larson, Books Editor,
Times-Picayune, “Lift Every Voice: Katrina Survivors and Rescuers Tell Their Stories,” December 18, 2006

"Anyone needing a moral compass at this juncture could find no better one than Rescued. . .Anyone interested in animal welfare and rescue work should not only read Rescued but also absorb its wisdom and spread its message: Unless we collectively and individually save animals, we stand to lose our humanity."
--Sally Rosenthal,
Best Friends Magazine, January-February 2007

"The Andersons have done wonders again with Rescued, a riveting book that examines how the largest animal rescue operation in history made a huge difference in changing our view of pets as family members. . .Every pet owner and animal lover should read the Andersons’ book and develop a private plan for the safety of their non-human companions."
Kathy DeSantis,
Awareness Magazine, November-December 2006

"The authors of Rescued detail the important role volunteers played in helping save the animals."
Tucson Citizen, Weekend Plus, New Product, December 15, 2006

"The Andersons list some of the common sense precautions that animal guardians can take to ensure their pets’ well-being during disasters. They also mention the need for proper training, recruitment, and assimilation of disaster relief workers into existing organizations."
--Chris Mercer,
Animal People, November 2006

"Local authors Linda and Allen Anderson turned their horror into action, writing the compelling book Rescued. Through emotionally wrenching, firsthand accounts of animal rescue and reunion, the book examines how the hurricanes of 2005 changed the way Americans view animal rescue."
--Deborah Caulfield Rybak,
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, October 22, 2006

"Rescued tells about the rescue organizations that helped save animals and chronicles the reunions of pets with their families, while providing valuable information on how to save animals’ lives."
Chicagoland Tails, Pet Magazine, March 2007

"Anyone who has a companion animal or cares about someone who has a companion animal should read Rescued from cover to cover. It lists page after page of steps which can be followed so the horror of what happened to the animals after Katrina can be prevented the next time."
Jean Faul, “Don’t Leave Without Your Pets,”
Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Florida), February 25, 2007

"Rescued is one of the most inspiring accounts in print – and besides offering action and adventure, it also offers pet owners important tips on keeping pets safe."
Midwest Book Review

"Believing that domesticated pets are family members and that by helping them one is also helping people, the Andersons detail what has been learned from Katrina and provide instructions for readers in the event they face an evacuation. The authors stress that owners must take primary responsibility for their pets and that rescue volunteers should be properly trained. The Andersons advice is well taken."
Publishers Weekly

"Aftermath stories will change public policy, and every pet owner should read the Andersons’ book and develop their own private plan for the safety of their nonhuman companions."
--Pamela Crossland,
Booklist, American Library Association

"For a treasure-trove of uplifting rescue stories in book form, look no further than Rescued."
Sarah Casey Newman, "Katrina Tales Tug at the Heartstrings,”"St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 9, 2006

"A new book, Rescued, is a great read for those of us who own pets, love animals, or worry about animals we see on television during horrific weather or other emergencies."
--Laurie Denger, "Caretakers Can Take Precautions, Should Natural Disasters Arise,"
Dayton Daily News, January 14, 2007


"Rescued is about the largest animal rescue in history – an estimated 600,000 pets were displaced – and the efforts of more than 5,000 volunteers who tried to save them after Hurricane Katrina and reunite them with their owners. The Andersons interviewed more than 200 of the volunteers."
--Donna Halvorsen, "Their Love of Pets Has Spawned 7 Books,"
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, November 29, 2006

"Despite the heartbreaking image gracing its cover, the book Rescued, written by Twin Cities authors Allen and Linda Anderson, doesn’t focus on animals who suffered, but rather on the people who saved them."
--Heather Edwards,
Lillie Suburban Newspapers, Perspectives, "Saving Baby: When Disaster Strikes, Pets Need Rescuing Too," January 8, 2007

"Except for an occasional tornado, Illinois escapes most disasters. Just the same, Andersons’ comments made me think about my own pets and whether I could evacuate them to safety. I’m going to read the book and follow some of those suggestions."
--Mary Wicoff,
Commercial News (Danville, Illinois), August 26, 2006

"Whether a family has two dads or none, two moms or none, or whether its members have two legs or four, if the heroism delineated in Rescued is any indicator, the one thread that binds the American family of the 21st Century, regardless of its form, is love."
--Terrence Griep, "Local Writers Allen and Linda Anderson Teach the World about Lost Dogs and Broken Dykes,"
Lavender Magazine, February 2-15, 2007

"Rescued offers practical suggestions for people who want to become animal rescue volunteers. The authors provide valuable information that steers potential volunteers in the right direction for obtaining the training and credentialing that will be mandatory for animal rescue volunteers in future disasters."
The National Humane Review, a Quarterly Journal for Friends of American Humane

"Linda and Allen Anderson, who co-authored Rescued, fretted that all that had been learned by the scores of rescue workers would settle into history and sink to the bottom, never to be seen again. They went to work. They had a publisher ready to go, having written a series of books on animals and spirituality."
--Connie Bloom, "Hurricane Horrors Inspire Couple’s Rescue Chronicles,"
Akron Beacon Journal, January 27, 2007

"Rescued offers a compelling look at the failures and victories of animal rescue operations during hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and how those storms changed the way Americans view animal rescue."
Dog Fancy, November 2006

"The authors also remind us that flooding is not the only type of emergency that can cause separation of pets from their families, and provide a checklist of extremely helpful pointers to help people plan in advance for catastrophes such as fires, toxic gas leaks, hurricanes and tornados, power outages, and civil unrest. Essential for all animal lovers."
--Susan Riley, freelance book reviewer

"If you care about the welfare and safety of your pets and of other animals who rely on humans to protect them, you should read this book and learn how you can educate yourself. Knowledge is power."
--A. Baxter,

"Rescued succeeds very well when writing about the hurricane and levee failure — there are multiple narratives about those who stayed behind (most famously Dr. James Riopelle at Lindy Boggs Medical Center."
Voices of New Orleans

"Deeply moving stories and up-to-date information about this very important and often ignored aspect of natural disasters. Highly recommended! Award winner of Animals/Pet category, the Best Books 2006 National Book Awards"
--Jeff Bowen,

"Must Read!!!!"
Today’s Books, Public News Service Reports to the Media on Book Publishing Industry

"Adopt your very own copy of this book, then gather your family (two-footed and four-footed) and be sure you’re prepared for cat-astrophe, doggone it. If you’re a pet parent, Rescued is definitely worth begging for.”"
--Terri Schlichenmeyer,
The Bookworm Sez, LLC

"Rescued provides practical instructions that will aid pet owners and organizations that must prepare to manage animals in a disaster or evacuation."
Natural Hazards Observer, "Reducing Vulnerability to Disasters Through Education and School Safety," Colorado University, January 2007

"A terrific new book about dog rescue has recently been published and it’s a must have for the greyhound library – Rescued."

"Rescued offers life-changing stories of animal rescue and reunion and practical advice to prepare family pets for disaster and evacuation."
--Nashville Humane Association

"This new work honors the animal welfare heroes that helped rescue the many animal victims of Hurricane Katrina. This is a must-read book for pet owners, rescue workers, as well as a fundraising opportunity for shelters or rescues."
--PETS 911,
The Companion Newsletter, August 2005

"This book tells heartwarming stories about hair-raising rescues and reunions, including one about a doctor and his wife who saved nearly 60 animals – and the bizarre events that followed. It helps pet owners prepare for hurricanes, floods, fires, or tornadoes, and covers recent changes in pet laws."
LA Daily News, January 17, 2007


"I love Angel Dogs. Its stories and messages will amaze and delight you. Allen and Linda Anderson's book will make a wonderful gift for all your dog-loving friends, for anyone who is considering adopting or rescuing a dog, and for those who have lost a beloved dog. Read it and marvel at what the world looks like through the eyes of some of God's most loving creatures."
--Willard Scott, NBC's The Today Show

"The Andersons have done it again! Angel Dogs is a healing and heart-opening book. Highly recommended."
--Doreen Virtue, author of
Angel Medicine and Healing with the Angels

"God created angel dogs to help us live better and happier lives, as the Andersons' book clearly shows. Our Golden Retriever Jack is an angel dog. Everyone feels that Jack is there especially for them. He smiles at them and they have no choice but to smile back."
--John Paul DeJoria, co-founder, president, and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems

"Let me say this about Rainbows and Bridges: I love it. I treasure it. Allen and Linda Anderson have left no question unposed, no conflict bypassed, no reflection unacknowledged. If you are facing or have faced the loss of a beloved animal friend, let this book be your companion and your comfort. There exists no better exploration of this Landscape of Loss than you will find here."
--Susan Chernak McElroy, author, Animals and Teachers and Healers and
All My Relations

“As a veterinary medical correspondent and lifetime pet lover, I believe in both the power of pets and the power of stories to heal. Rainbows & Bridges combines current  information about grief and mourning with inspiring stories of how others have  dealt with the loss of a beloved animal companion. This kit is an  amazing toolbox of resources that offers a wide range of healing  activities, wise information, compassionate reflection, and practical help for  honoring and memorializing the life of your pet."
--Dr. Marty Becker, Resident Veterinarian on ABC TV's Good Morning America, Knight Ridder Tribune veterinary/pet columnist, author of The Healing Power of Pets and Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul, host of nationally syndicated pet talk radio show, Top Vets Talk Pets

"The Andersons have created an ingenious heavy-duty cardboard box of inspirational materials to ease the pain of pet loss."
--Joan Lowell Smith,
Herald & News, Dec 25, 2005

"Traditionally angels wear white robes and have wings. In Allen and Linda Anderson's new book, angels wear fur coats and have are a pet lover, you understand the special bond between humans and animals.  And there's powerful evidence of animals at our side, every day, helping us on the bumpy orad of life, according to Allen and Linda Anderson, authors and co-founders of the Angel Animals Network, a group whose goal is to help people realize that animals are our spiritual partners."
--Sarah Newman,
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dec 24, 2005

"If you are a pet lover, you understand the special bond between humans and animals.  And there's powerful evidence of animals at our side, every day, helping us on the bumpy orad of life, according to Allen and Linda Anderson, authors and co-founders of the Angel Animals Network, a group whose goal is to help people realize that animals are our spiritual partners."
--Alicyn Leigh,
The Long Island Press, Dec 23, 2004

"Your beloved pet may actually be a messenger from God, says a note author. . . Linda Anderson and her husband Allen, the book's coauthor, believe that God sends messages of love, acceptance, and even proof of life after death though animals."
--S. D. Hubbard,
The National ENQUIRER, May 31, 2004

"Fitness guru Richard Simmons showered his beloved mom with jewels and took her on exotic trips all over the world, but he most precious gifts he ever gave her were a pair of Dalmatians....I don't think I ever say my mom happier, he says in the book God's Messengers: What Animals Teach Us about the Divine by Allen and Linda Anderson (New World Library)."
The National Examiner, April 26, 2004

"The Andersons' most recent book, God's Messengers: What Animals Teach Us about the Divine, illustrates how traditional cultures have viewed animals as messengers and mediators of the divine, which is a lesson we need to relearn. The book is a bold reminder that consciousness takes many forms and is not restricted to humans."
--Alicyn Leigh,
The Long Island Press, March 19, 2004

"Animal lovers tell stories of rescue. . .God's Messengers: What Animals Teach Us about the Divine makes you wonder -- who's rescuing whom?"
--Debbie Moose,
The News & Observer, November 2003

"It’s no longer the case that many people dismiss a pet as merely a possession they own. No, a growing number of people understand that their dogs and cats and reptiles and birds, and other companions are beings with souls who are in their lives for a reason."
--Tim Miegan,
The Edge, June 2000

"ls as God's Messengers: If you never considered animals to be messengers from God, this collection of real stories about how animals connect us with the Divine will have you wondering, if not convince you that God does exist and can be seen through the animals that share our world."
--Kathy DeSantis,
Awareness Magazine, October 2003

"They’ve been with her since her childhood, when they helped her with stressful times of growing up and childhood diseases like the measles. They’ve helped her through three divorces, a suicide attempt, and the deaths of her best friend and mother within a few months of each other. . . . Her story is one of more than 100 stories gathered in a new book, Angel Animals, Exploring Our Spiritual Connection with Animals."
--Lorrine Thompson,
Gannett News Service, November 2, 1999

"Linda and Allen Anderson think their pets are out of this world. The Minneapolis couple recognizes a ‘spiritual connection’ with the animals they have love and learned from over the years".
--Pauline Walle,
Rochester Post Bulletin, February 19, 2000

"To build for the future, the couple has also formed the Angel Animals Network. They envision it as a vehicle for organizing workshops and conferences on the human-animal bond. providing technical and public-relations assistance to animal organizations and shelters, and becoming a media clearninghouse to help raise the public’s awareness of the human-animal connection. It’s their hope that Angel Animals will leave a legacy for both humans and animals."
--Anne Polta,
West Central Tribune, December 2, 1999

"It’s not unusual for Linda Anderson to be on a plane and, once people find out what she does for a living, hear animal stories. Same goes for her husband, Allen. Fact is, a few days ago at the post office, the postal clerk glanced at his return address and launched into a l-o-n-g story about how her cat has touched her life. The Andersons, you see, are the authors of a new book about exploring the spiritual connection between animals and humans."
--Beccy Tanner,
Associated Press, October 9, 1999

"What if your pet is angelic? There may be a place to read all about your little angels and others just like him. Angel Animals® has a [online] newsletter put out by Allen and Linda Anderson, a pet-loving couple based in Minneapolis."
--Laurie Denger,
Dayton Daily News, September 24, 1998

"Allen and Linda Anderson, drawing upon their own and readers’ experiences with animals, have produced a polished yet warm [online] newsletter devoted to the spiritual nature of the human-animal bond. Non-sectarian and straightforward, Angel Animals is an uplifting celebration of the furry angels who share our lives every day."
--Sally Rosenthal,
Cats, November 1998

"What makes us so easily forgive and forget an animal’s wrongdoings? Why do we turn to animals when we need comfort or friendship? And why does everyone seem to have an animal story? Allen and Linda Anderson of St. Louis Park think it may be something spiritual."
--Teri Keish,
Minnesota Sun Publications, October 14, 1998

"Their gentler approach of simply sharing stories of how animals teach their human owners the qualities of unconditional love, gratitude, joy, courage, and patience has hit a nerve with pet owners all over the country and beyond."
--Laurence M. Cruz,
The Associated Press, November 20, 1998

"Suppose for a moment that instead of wings, angels had fur, feathers, fins, or scales. One Twin Cities couple believes that angel animals are a part of our everyday lives."
--Brad Woodard, KARE-11 Extra (NBC Affiliate), broadcast on Sunday, December 6, 1998

"They [stories] may encourage you to look at animals in a new light. And to learn from them, as the Andersons believe you will if you ask yourself what the animals in your own life are trying to teach you. Once you do that, who knows what doors might open to you?"
--Sarah Casey Newman,
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 19. 1998 

"Has your pet taught you about life? If so, the editors of Angel Animals want to hear from you."
--Bob Genovesi, New Age: The Journal for Holistic Living, January/February, 1999

"The Andersons seem to be riding at the head of the wave of new interest in the spiritual connections between humans and animals."
--Martha Sawyer Allen,
Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Faith & Values,” November 14, 1998

"The couple's chatty [online] newsletters are filled with reviews of animal books and lessons about animals in history, such as the pigeon that flew 260 miles during World War II to deliver an important message. But personal stories make up most of the newsletters."
--Molly Guthrey,
St. Paul Pioneer Press, October 25, 1998

"Certainly, scientific studies show that people with pets do live longer than those with no animals in the house, so maybe the Andersons are right and there is more to the idea of healing animals than good old wishful thinking."
--Lucy Broadbent,
The Sunday Times, London, England, August 2, 1998

"A school girl with severe breathing difficulties has been saved from death twice—by her pet cat."
--John Earls, (from an Angel Animals story),
Sunday People, London, England, August 16, 1998

"Allen and Linda Anderson, publishers of the Minneapolis newsletter, Angel Animals, and a forthcoming book on spiritual lessons taught to humans by animals, will present a San Francisco workshop today for the Learning Annex."
--Leah Garchick, “Personals,”
San Francisco Chronicle, August 10, 1998

"Signet has found its entry in Angel Animals, a September 1999 release about the spiritual lessons we learn from our pets by Allen and Linda Anderson, a Minneapolis husband-and-wife team who publish a [online] newsletter on the subject."
Publisher's Weekly, April 13, 1998

"[Arielle Ford] and her fiancé, Brian Hilliard, founded Dharma Dreams, a talent agency specializing in authors with properties appropriate for publishing, film, and TV. Their first book, Linda and Allen Anderson's Angel Animals, was just bought by Dutton."
--Roxane Farmanfarmaian,
Publisher's Weekly, April 13, 1998

"Among the stories that have appeared in the Minneapolis newsletter, Angel Animals, which examines spiritual lessons taught to humans by animals: A Rabbit Helped Me Take My Next Spiritual Step, Learning Patience from My Cockatiels."
--“K & D,”
The Vancouver Sun, August 15, 1998

"Combining America's love of pets and angels, Allen and Linda Andersons launched Angel Animals Network (Minneapolis), featuring tales of spiritual truths and lessons animals teach us."
Groom & Board, January/February 1998

"A sample of the Angel Animals [online] newsletter contained stories from purely fun to serious. I was especially touched by tales of people's experiences with their sick and dying pets, and the ways their grief was reconciled. Considering how we feel about our pets, their passing-and our ways of dealing with it-are sorely neglected topics in contemporary writing, I think."
--Rita Elkins, "Focus on Faith,"
Florida Today, December 20, 1997




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