Millions Are Sleeping with Angel Animals

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In a nation with 235 million pets, the growing need people have for finding comfort by cuddling with animals is symptomatic of our troubled times.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 5, 2004 — According to an American Animal Hospital Association’s Pet Owner Survey, 43 percent of pets (not including fish and snakes) sleep with their human companions. In a nation with 235 million pets, the growing need people have for finding comfort by cuddling with animals is symptomatic of our troubled times.

Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of ANGEL ANIMALS: Exploring Our Spiritual Connection with Animals, and GOD'S MESSENGERS: What Animals Teach Us about the Divine offer virtual bonding with animals whether or not you’re sharing the bedcovers with your dog or cat. To provide a break from bad news, to soothe the soul, and to derail anxiety and fear for thousands around the world, the Andersons publish heartwarming, feel-good stories that are like curling up with your cat or dog for a peaceful night’s sleep. The Angel Animals Story of the Week with messages of love and hope comes out every Saturday and is distributed free online. To subscribe to the newsletter, go to http://www.angelanimals.net.

In 1996, the Andersons began collecting stories about the spiritual bond between people and animals. Their first publication was a bi-monthly, printed newsletter that quickly attracted thousands of subscribers worldwide. The success of the newsletter led the Minneapolis, Minnesota couple to write their first book, released by Dutton/Plume in Fall 1999. By December of that year the book had been featured by Willard Scott on NBC’s The Today Show and became an Amazon.com Hot 100 book.

In 2001, the Andersons co-founded the Angel Animals Network with its website at http://www.angelanimals.net. They describe this organization as being dedicated to “Increasing Love and Respect for All Life—One Story at a Time.” In their efforts to raise awareness about the spiritual partnership between humans and animals, the Andersons envision the Angel Animals Network as a resource for distributing inspiring stories that the public, authors, and media journalists or producers can use in other publications and broadcasts. Since their book’s publication, the Andersons have received complimentary letters about their work from the late-Ann Landers, actresses Tippi Hedren and Valerie Harper, and First Lady of Minnesota, Terry Ventura, among others.

As the subject of national wire service articles and interview guests on radio and television stations in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, the Andersons realized that they had hit upon a theme near and dear to the hearts of animal lovers everywhere. Allen Anderson says, “It’s as if we pressed a button no one knew existed. We asked the question: What spiritual lessons are you learning from animals? We were and continue to be inundated with stories and letters from people who appreciate the opportunity to share profound experiences they are having with animals as God’s messengers in their lives.”

The Andersons’ next book, GOD'S MESSENGERS: What Animals Teach Us about the Divine was published by New World Library in Fall 2003. With a foreword by best-selling author, Dr. Allen Schoen, an endorsement by Susan Chernak McElroy, and an original heartwarming story from celebrity, Richard Simmons, the best selling book provides comfort, laughter, and inspiration.

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