Strange and Wonderful New Book Asks, “Has a Rescued Dog Rescued You?”

Media Interview Fact Sheet and Possible Questions for ALLEN ANDERSON

The American Society of Journalist and Authors (ASJA) has selected A DOG NAMED LEAF
by Minnesota authors Allen Anderson with Linda Anderson (Lyons Press/Rowman & Littlefield Publishing)

as one of the winners of the prestigious 2013 ASJA Awards in the Lifestyle/Memoir category.

• Thirty-nine percent of U.S. households own a dog.

• Dogs have Twitter accounts and Facebook pages. The most popular videos on YouTube are with dogs.

• 14 million people have adopted shelter pets. Another 41 million indicated they're considering doing so. 17 million will bring a pet home in the next year.

• 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people.

• Nine out of ten people believe that heaven exists.

• Several million people in the United States have had near-death experiences.

• Cop and doctor shows are so popular that they account for about 50% of the shows on television.

• When men communicate, they focus on achieving social status and avoiding failure. Women focus on achieving personal connection and avoiding social isolation. Men want to report, women want rapport.

These facts and more are explored in “the most unusual dog book ever” -- A DOG NAMED LEAF by Allen Anderson.


A former police officer; Allen Anderson’s memoir tells his dramatic journey of adopting Leaf, a traumatized year-old cocker spaniel. The mutual healing of this man and this dog, coming together at exactly the right time, offers valuable insights and hope to anyone who has faced the prospect of losing everything.


A DOG NAMED LEAF became an Bestseller, Hot 100 New Releases, Memoir.

Allen Anderson will talk about:

•  his experiences bringing home a troubled rescued dog

•  how a scared little dog became a big hero

•  his extended near-death experience: a life review, seeing a mystical light, assurance that he wasn’t finished living, prophetic dreams and visions

•  how the miraculous detection of a brain aneurysm with no symptoms led to life-saving surgery

•  how years as a big city cop created distrust

•  what happens when a guy tries to keep his wife from getting emotional over bad news



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