An inspiring healing journey of comrades facing the ultimate battle. This man and this dog are there for each other at exactly the right time for miracles to occur.
A Dog Named Leaf is the true story of a paradigm shift. We "crazy" dog lovers (you know who you are) have waited for someone to reveal what happens in our homes every day. One reviewer wrote, "This is about how a dog with great love actually entered the inner reality of his friend to help save him and was able to succeed where human explanations and efforts failed."
"Impossible to put down. Read and share widely."
--Marc Bekoff, The Emotional Lives of Animals
Garrison Keillor visited Common Good Books, the bookstore he owns in St. Paul, Minnesota, on the night of a very successful book event for A Dog Named Leaf. Thank you, Garrison, and all the people who launched this new book with us.
Allen and Linda Anderson adopted a traumatized one-year-old cocker spaniel who had been abandoned. Soon, the troubled dog they named “Leaf” turned their home into a war zone. Although Leaf and Allen were forging a friendship with visits to dog parks and bonding time, Leaf’s emotional issues overwhelmed the couple.
Shortly after Leaf’s arrival, Allen, who had spent eight years asa big city police officer and survived so many close calls that Linda called him “Miracle Man,” received a diagnosis from his doctor that made him think his luck had finally run out. Allen had an unruptured brain aneurysm that could be fatal, and the surgery to repair it might leave him debilitated. Having seen his father live for years with the effects of a massive stroke, he dreaded that the worst fate might not be death.
"Allen's writing draws the reader into 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."
--Donna Strong, Awareness Magazine
"5 out of 5 stars. Transcends the pet-animal story genre by leaps and bounds. I finished this book in two sittings. It's a page-turner. It's about every day life in its most usual aspects -- making a living and partnering your spouse. But it's also about how the past weaves seamlessly with the future to make you whole. It's also about life and death -- enduring a life-threatening illness and having to go way beyond preconceived limits of patience and stamina."
--Barbara Buckner, Amazon.com reviewer'"
"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 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
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.