Women’s Love for
By Allen and Linda Anderson
When we wrote Dogs
and the Women Who Love Them, radio hosts we interviewed with for the book questioned us. “Why write a book
only about women and dogs? Men love dogs too?”
Yes, it’s true, both men and women
love dogs and other animals. But the animals seem to read the difference
in human gender and act accordingly. Our cocker spaniel Leaf goes all-boy with
Allen, bringing a bouncy ball for him to throw and dropping it at his feet. He
tends to cuddle and kiss more with Linda.
Leaf gravitates toward men on our walks and approaches them with his head held
high and a swagger in his step.
Our bird seems to register male and female differences too. Everyday one of us carries our beautiful yellow cockatiel
Sunshine from his cage to the fireplace mantel in the living room. Two windows
are on either side of the mantel. Sunshine likes to run back and forth from one
to the other to take a closer look at the world outside his home.
One morning Linda carried Sunshine on her index finger to return him to his
cage. She always whistles to him as part of their morning ritual and makes up
new melodies. He listens and apparently takes them into his magnificent
birdbrain. On the next day, he sings the composition back to Linda with
variations that make it uniquely his own.
On this morning, Linda whistled a few notes to Sunshine, and he
responded by flapping his wings in tune to the music’s beat. They kept up this
dance all the way from the mantel to his cage with Linda repeating the tune and
Sunshine dancing to it.
Sunshine has never danced with Allen. Male-female? Who knows?
Caroline’s Beau Makes a Difference
Caroline Loevner and Beau, her three-year-old Siberian husky, have been Pet
Partners through Delta Society since 2009. This golden team of rescued
dog and the woman who loves him shared the story below with our Angel Animals
Story of the Week newsletter readers.
“After my husky Nikki became sick with Cushing disease, a degenerative
disk condition, he was very weak. We went to the vet three times a week for
numerous treatments. Whether he was having blood work to check his cortisol level or acupuncture or physical therapy for his
back and neck, Nikki always had a smile on his face. Then one day, it happened; we awoke, and Nikki was no
“This special dog was sixteen when he passed. I thought I would never be
the same. The house was so lonely. My life was incomplete. I had dedicated
myself to caring for Nikki. Now, I wasn’t sure what my purpose was in life.
“Then Beau came along two weeks
later. He was a rescue from MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue. I took him to my veterinarian. He was amazed by Beau’s
temperament and thought that I should do research on therapy animal work. At
the time, I didn’t know anything about
“We met the amazing Michele Siegel, a Delta Society licensed Pet Partners Team
Instructor and Evaluator here in New York City. We took the training class,
were evaluated, and became a Pet Partners team.
“Beau and I make weekly Sunday visits at Rivington House, which is a 24-hour care facility for AIDS patients. We visit Ronald McDonald House on Friday evenings. We also do
special work with treatment programs for patients with substance abuse
issues, events with the Best Friends Animal Society, New Alternatives for
Children Kids Olympics, and our reading programs
for children who have difficulty reading
aloud. We also work with women who are mentally ill and homeless.
“The bond a human and an animal can
have is truly amazing. Beau has taught me what it is to have emotions. What it is to be
“Each week, when we approach a facility, Beau
amazes me with his
power. He is sincere and compassionate; he gives me courage. He knows how each
patient feels and when one needs an extra pick me up. He senses the right time
to cuddle when someone is down.
“Beau is truly a special dog. He has
given a stroke patient the power to speak. The patient is now able to
say Beau’s name. Our furry friends really do have the power to heal.
“Through our visits, Beau has taught me what is truly important. My
whole life is now put in a different perspective.
Helping others is what matters. Making just
one person’s day happier is what matters.
“Beau has taught me who I am. I now want to pursue a career helping others
and making a difference. I truly believe if it weren’t for Beau and our
volunteering; finding out who I am and learning about
life wouldn’t have happened.
“When we leave a facility, the patients always thank Beau and me for
visiting. I reply, “No, thank you for allowing us to visit you.” Our visits are not just therapeutic for the
patients, but also for Beau and me. Beau loves to work, and sharing a smile
definitely is his calling.
“Nikki taught me about the love an animal can give. Beau has reinforced that love. If it weren’t for
Nikki, I don’t think I would have Beau. If it weren’t for Beau, my life
wouldn’t have changed. He has helped me to discover
and understand the person I really am and why I was brought on this
“I often tell Michele that she and Delta Society have changed my life.
It’s so hard to explain how fulfilled I feel with the work Beau and I do. Words
can’t express it.”
Is there an Angel Animal who will
change your life if you listen to his or her sweet whisperings of unconditional
and Linda Anderson are co-founders of Angel Animals Network and authors of a
series of books about the spiritual connection between people and animals www.angelanimals.net Find out more about their new book