Book Giveaway: Angelic Tails

Are Angels Dogs? You Decide…

Barbara Johnson took a shortcut home one night through an unlit park. As she walked, Barbara had an eerie feeling she was being watched. Her heart pounded as she saw the glow of lit cigarettes bob in the shadows. Suddenly, a large Alsatian dog appeared at her side. The police used this breed as guard dogs, and Barbara was terrified. “Go away, dog!” she cried and tried to shoo it away. “Go away now!”

But the dog simply trotted next to her as if it belonged, like an obedient protector. Walking briskly with the dog, Barbara finally arrived at a well-lit street. She glanced down the street. When she looked back, the dog was gone.

Back at the hospital where Barbara worked, fellow nurses recounted horror stories of crimes from that park. Barbara realized she was lucky to be unscathed. “Suddenly I was filled with a sense of guardian angels, and I knew without question that the dog had been mine,” Barbara says. “There was just no other explanation for his arrival, his behavior, and his sudden disappearance.” The question formed in her mind, “Are angels dogs?”

Barbara’s story served as inspiration for angel writer Joan Wester Anderson, who wrote about the link between canines and angels in her latest book, “Angelic Tails.” The book is an inspiring collection of 30 true stories from ordinary people who experienced God’s extraordinary grace through heavenly canine companions. The stories from “Angelic Tails” challenge readers to reconsider their conception of angels—from a dog saving a family in a snowstorm to the mysterious Alsatian protecting Barbara—and see that God can use even muddy paws and cold noses to fulfill his purposes.


How to Enter

Today’s giveaway features five winners – nice! Each winner will receive a free copy of Angelic Tails by mail. As always, only those in our e-mail list are eligible, and if you’re not one, you can fix that in five seconds by clicking here. When your first daily digest e-mail arrives, hit reply, type the words “enter me” in the subject and send (current subscribers can reply to today’s digest). We’ll use to select one winner, who will be notified by e-mail. Entries will be accepted through midnight Wednesday: please note that this contest is open to residents of the US and Canada only .


If you want to read more tales, and to see pictures of these divine pooches, check out the free chapters on the Angelic Tails Facebook page and ask yourself, “Are angels dogs?”  To learn more about the author, please visit Joan Wester Anderson’s website. And for a limited time, autographed copies are available online at Loyola Press, or the book can be purchased at

As always, good luck!


  1. Jennifer says on  07/11/2011 at 11:18 am

    Done! (fingers crossed!)

  2. I want one

  3. Dogs are not angels. Dogs are dogs (and I LOVE dogs). However I imagine that angels can appear in any form they like and so angels could choose to appear as dogs if they wanted to. Who knows if they have seen an angel sent by God to protect them or comfort them? It could be a stranger that said a kind word to you when you were down or somebody that just happened to be around to give you directions when you were lost. OR I guess it could be a scary looking dog that walked next to you in the park scaring off the rapists and muggers.

  4. I already know my dog is an angel. He just showed up in my yard one day when I needed him most. :) I would love to read about other angel dogs so I entered the contest. :)

  5. Lorie says on  07/11/2011 at 11:43 am

    Great Canada is included in this one.. I believe this is the first since I joined your fb page.

  6. Amber says on  07/11/2011 at 11:56 am

    I would love one

  7. Debi says on  07/11/2011 at 12:00 pm

    pick me, pick me!

  8. I would love one too <3

  9. pick me! I should be in that book. I have had one of those divine canine encounters.

  10. Carol says on  07/11/2011 at 1:06 pm

    I hope, I hope, I hope!!!!

  11. JANE says on  07/11/2011 at 1:25 pm


  12. Jane Marinello says on  07/11/2011 at 1:40 pm

    My Mom believes that her Angel Morgan, the Miracle Maltese is around her always. He even sent me to her through some very strange circumstances. Then he had to useAngelic forces to convince her to keep me…she did and she knows it happend because of Angel Morgan. The Dog Whisperer says “you don’t always get the dog you want but you ALWAYS get the dog you need! Hugs, Jackson

    • Chloe's Mom says on  07/15/2011 at 8:16 pm

      Jane that is so wonderful that Morgan brought Jackson to you, if he hadn’t then Chloe wouldn’t have her new beau.

  13. What an interesting topic! I would enjoy reading it!

  14. Critterspal says on  07/11/2011 at 2:14 pm

    I’d love a copy – just signed up today so will have to wait to enter. I guess you miss some stuff not being on FB. I love Twitter 😉

  15. Rea says on  07/11/2011 at 3:16 pm

    I have seen this in action when my parents passed 11 years apart. The hospice nurses told me that every person who has a dog is taken to the other side by the dog. My parents both told me the dogs were in the room just before they left.

  16. Denise says on  07/11/2011 at 6:24 pm

    me too.. would love one!

  17. Sandi says on  08/03/2011 at 10:04 pm

    I have encountered angels…I truly know they exist. I would love to win the book.

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