Anything But a Dog Author:Lisa Saunders This is the story of 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). Lisa Saunders says "no" to her daughter Jackie's pleas for a dog, fearing it will be too rambunctious around Jac... more »kie'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 stinky rabbit. Then one day, the unexpected happens: a shivering, dirty puppy shows up at their door. But is this dog really Heaven-sent?
Plus: 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. It also contains highly useful sections with Resources, Contacts and Support for anyone whose life is touched by CMV.« less