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


Memoir of an Author and His Hero Rescue Dog Offers Hope for Miracles – “The Most Unusual Dog Book – Ever”

Minneapolis, MN – Best-selling author of books exploring the spiritual connections between people and animals has written about the miraculous healing he experienced with the help of an adopted rescue dog. His gripping memoir will inspire anyone who has faced the prospect of losing everything.

A Dog Named Leaf: the Hero from Heaven WhoSaved 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, aspects of near-death experience, prophetic dreams, startling communication with animals, and unique perspectives on fulfilling one’s purpose in life. Anderson’s dramatic healing journey synchronizes with the adoption of Leaf, a traumatized year-old cocker spaniel, who had turned his home inside out due to shattering effects of abandonment. 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 felt alone, powerless against fate, or haunted by past events and an uncertain future.

“Although my wife Linda called me ‘Miracle Man,’ because I’d survived so many close calls while doing police work,” Anderson says, “I thought my luck had finally run out. I could die suddenly or be debilitated like my father who suffered for years after a massive stroke. I had no clue our troubled new rescue dog would hold the key to my survival in a profound spiritual experience we shared. Hopefully our story will make people more aware of the blessings animals deliver every day with their 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 spiritual qualities of animals 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 paperbackpublished by (Lyons Press/Rowman & Littlefield Publishing), 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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