CONTACT: Allen or Linda Anderson,, 952-925-3309


Author’s Memoir Offers Spiritual Benefits of Animal Rescue -- “The Most Unusual Dog Book – Ever”

Minneapolis, MN – September 16, 2012 – Best-selling author of a series of books featuring rescue dogs has written about the miraculous healing he experienced with the help of an emotionally scarred adopted dog. His gripping memoir will open new ways for people to relate to the 78 million dogs now living in more than a third of American homes.

A Dog Named Leaf: the Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life is Allen Anderson’s story about the shocking news that he had two potentially fatal health issues – a brain aneurysm, which could rupture at any time, and a blood clot aimed at his heart. A former police officer; his memoir includes pulse-pounding brushes with danger, the realities of bringing home an abandoned shelter dog, startling cross-species communication, and unique perspectives on fulfilling one’s purpose in life. Anderson’s dramatic healing journey synchronizes with the adoption of Leaf, a year-old cocker spaniel, who had turned his home inside out due to a traumatic past. The dual journey of this man and this dog, coming together at exactly the right time, offers valuable insights and hope to anyone who has looked into the soulful eyes of a needy dog and later realizes that the rescuing goes both ways.

“While doing police work in a dangerous area, I was moved by the love and devotion of a dog cuddled next to the family’s little boy after a domestic disturbance,” Anderson says. “That dog and the gentle comfort of our golden retriever inspired me to write about how having a spiritual connection with an animal could change a person’s life. Hopefully the dual journey of our troubled rescue dog Leaf and the miracles that happened because of his heroism will make people aware of animals’ unconditional love and ability to heal human hearts.”

In 1996, Allen Anderson and his wife Linda Anderson founded the Angel Animals Network. Their fourteen books about the benefits of pet family members have been featured on, the Today Show, ABC’s Nightly News, BBC Radio, Washington Post, LA Times,’s Hot 100, and B&N’s Top 10. They live in Minneapolis with their dog Leaf, cat Cuddles, and cockatiel Sunshine. Allen Anderson’s 2006 book about animal rescue won the prestigious American Society of Journalists & Authors Outstanding Book Award. He received a commendation by the Governor for his contribution as an author to the state of Minnesota. He teaches writing at the Loft Literary Center and donates a portion of his books’ proceeds to animal welfare.

A Dog Named Leaf ($16.95, ISBN-10: 0762781654, ISBN-13: 978-0762781652), a 224-page paperback published by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot, is available November 6, 2012 at major online book retailers, in bookstores, and at For more information and to read an excerpt from the book go to Visit the book’s Facebook page and view photos of Leaf at


CONTACT: Allen or Linda Anderson,, 952-925-3309


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.


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