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Anything But a Dog! by Lisa Saunders

In Book reviews on September 21, 2009 at 3:41 am

Anything_But_a_Dog_by_Saunders[1]At some point or another, every child asks their parent(s) for a dog.  And at some point most parents tell their child(ren) that they can’t have a dog.  Next are the tears.  It’s with an exchange just like the one I just described that Lisa Saunders begins her book Anything But a Dog!, and a story that spans about 17yrs sprouts on the pages before your very eyes.

What makes this story of “girl meets dog” worth reading?  It’s shockingly human, brutally honest, and guaranteed to evoke emotion.  And if you still aren’t convinced – it’s a book with a cause.

Lisa’s youngest daughter Elizabeth, was born severely disabled due to CMV.  She would never speak, walk, or feed herself.  So to further educate parents about this debilitating virus Lisa wove priceless and under spread knowledge on CMV into pet horror stories.  You’ll learn how it’s spread, how you can prevent it, and what its devastating consequences can be.

But this story is not all tales of woe.  It’s ultimately the life of a very happy girl, who happens to be handicapped, and her loving dog with the heart of a saint – all wrapped up in the accounts of smelly bunnies, attack cats, and runaway hamsters.

All-in-all this book has a little something for everyone.  If, like me, you’ve never known anyone severely handicapped, you may be prone to pity them or stare when passing by on the street.  Anything But a Dog! will show you that pity is not necessary.  What is necessary if a dose of love and kindness.

If you have been touched in some way by disability, you’ll be comforted by Saunders’ relatable nature.  For mothers the information on CMV could protect your unborn child(ren) from the villain responsible for more birth defects than Down Syndrome.

If you couldn’t tell already, I’ve been profoundly moved by this book.  Which is always a sign of accomplishment for any author.  With minimal time investment (only 119 pgs, 140 including the back matter), what have you got to lose?

Lisa Saunders has truly shared a piece of herself and her family with the world – more so than any book I’ve read up until this point (and I’ve read quite a few).  I can’t say anything bad about that.

*Note: Anything But a Dog! cannot be found in stores.  To purchase a copy visit the following link (you can also get an autographed copy)!

Buy Anything But a Dog!

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