A Dog Named Leaf : The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life
Overview - A New York Times bestseller 2012 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). 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. Read more...
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A New York Times bestseller 2012 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). 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 as a 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. What Allen didn t know is that he and Leaf, like comrades facing the ultimate battle, would be there for each other with the miracle of this man and this dog coming together at exactly the right time. ."
- ISBN-13: 9780762781652
- ISBN-10: 0762781653
- Publisher: Lyons Press
- Publish Date: November 2012
- Page Count: 214
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
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The Andersons (Animals and the Kids Who Love Them) have co-written several collections of uplifting animal stories, but in this work of varied success 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, 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, not unlike many other books in the “my dog saved my life” memoir subgenre. Some readers, though, may not relate to the Andersons’ more unusual interactions with Leaf. At one point, both Andersons are concerned that a malevolent crow might attack Leaf, so Linda instructs Leaf to “make sure no crows are in the trees before you run out into the backyard.” They talk about Leaf’s “capacity for weighing pros and cons” and even his decision to run for the American presidency (manifested in a YouTube video and Facebook page). Also striking an odd note is the lack of discussion of any postoperative therapy or rehab for Allen, despite some rather alarming incidents of paranoia that left him “curled up in a corner of the room.” Photos. (Nov.)