Friday, August 26, 2011

True Story of Lazy, Homeless Dog and Lonely, Little Girl Now an E-Book

Book includes how to prevent #1 birth defects virus

Mystic, CT---The publisher of "Anything But a Dog!" is now making the true story of a lazy, homeless dog and a lonely, little girl available as an e-book on See Chapter One by clicking on the book’s image at:

"Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV," is a mother’s humorous and moving search for one pet to suit two very different daughters--one a tomboy, the other mentally and physically disabled from the # 1 birth defects virus, congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus).

Author and mother, Lisa Saunders, says “no” to her daughter Jackie’s pleas for a dog, fearing it will be too rambunctious around Jackie’s disabled little sister Elizabeth. But she does make her a promise she thinks will never come to pass: “If God brings a dog to our door, then you can have it.” In the meantime, the family wrestles with a series of dysfunctional pets: a flesh-eating hamster, an attack cat, killer ants and a very smelly rabbit. Then one day, the unexpected happens: a shivering, dirty puppy shows up at their door. But is this dog really Heaven-sent?

Published by Unlimited Publishing LLC in 2009, "Anything But a Dog!" includes the latest news on how to prevent the far-reaching but under-reported effects of congenital CMV, the #1 viral cause of birth defects--more common a cause of disabilities than Down syndrome. Women who care for young children are at greatest risk and need to practice caution around toddler saliva (by avoiding kissing them around the mouth and through careful hand-washing).

Saunders’ interview on USA 9 News:


"If you're an animal lover, you'll love the critter tales as much as the special-needs storyline." Terri Mauro,

“Saunders takes readers on a road trip as harrowing as any Dog Whisperer training challenge." Tonia Shakespeare, Rockland Magazine

“A hilarious set of pet tales! Lisa has given us yet another funny, tender tale of family life.” Dr. Elisabeth Schafer, author of Vegetable Desserts: Beyond Carrot Cake and Pumpkin Pie

About Lisa Saunders

Lisa Saunders currently lives in Mystic, CT, with her husband and beagle/basset hound. She the Congenital CMV Foundation parent representative, and in addition to Anything But a Dog!, is the author of Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife and Ride a Horse, Not an Elevator. See her work at:

Learn more about Congenital CMV:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Saunders’ blog:

Lisa Saunders Discussing Anything But a Dog!:

Other reviews of Anything But a Dog!

"I just loved it! An entertaining yet honest look at what it's like to raise a child with disabilities."- Janelle Greenlee,, mother of twin daughters Riley and Rachel, born with Congenial CMV

"Saunders weaves laughter and tears, congenital CMV education and the challenges of raising two daughters – one a tomboy and the other severely disabled." Deborah J. Botti, Times Herald Record

"I congratulate Lisa on producing a very good piece of work," says Gail J Demmler-Harrison, MD, Director of the Congenital CMV Disease Registry and Research Program, Baylor College of Medicine.

“A mother of a daughter born with severe disabilities uses humor to candidly relate experiences of acceptance and daily hardships with the people and pets forever changed by her child’s life. The book also contains resources, contacts and support for anyone whose life is touched by CMV (congenital cytomegalovirus.)” Joni and Friends

Having walked the same road, I've lived Lisa's feelings and stories and ultimately shared the same unshakeable and deep, deep love a mother has for her CMV child." Tracy McGinnis, Founder of the Brendan B. McGinnis Congenital CMV Foundation and mother of Brendan born with congenital CMV

“A remarkable story, told in a way that is powerful and unforgettable. The dialogue is delightful! It's almost impossible to end a book in a truly satisfying way, but Lisa has succeeded 100%. I have a pregnant friend who works at a preschool and daycare facility who definitely needs to know about congenital CMV. I plan to print out some information for her immediately.” Krista Niles, Graduate Student, University of Chicago

"I read this straight through in one sitting and loved it! It was moving—and funny! The appendages about congenital CMV contain such valuable information, and the addendums are very moving. This book is an incredible contribution." Mary Goodin, M.A., Educator