Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 14, 2010 - Pets - 304 pages
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An unforgettable memoir from a search-and-rescue pilot and her spirited canine partner

In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Susannah Charleson clipped a photo from the newspaper of an exhausted canine handler, face buried in the fur of his search-and-rescue dog. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Susannah was so moved by the image that she decided to volunteer with a local canine team and soon discovered firsthand the long hours, nonexistent pay, and often heart-wrenching results they face. Once she qualified to train a dog of her own, she adopted Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever puppy who exhibited unique aptitudes as a working dog but who was less interested in the role of compliant house pet. Scent of the Missing is the story of Susannah and Puzzle’s adventures as they search for the missing—a lost teen, an Alzheimer’s patient wandering in the cold, signs of the crew amid the debris of the space shuttle Columbia disaster—and unravel the mystery of the bond between humans and dogs.


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User Review  - keneumey - LibraryThing

I had high hopes for this book, based on the compelling description on the back cover (which is not the same as the description on Amazon, I notice): "Between Susannah's initial trepidation and Puzzle ... Read full review

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User Review  - nancenwv - LibraryThing

This is a wonderful account of the care and hard work that goes into training and working with a SAR dog. I loved Charleson's descriptions of the different personalities and search styles of the dogs ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Susannah Charleson is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Scent of the Missing, as well as a flight instructor, service dog trainer, and canine search-and-rescue team member, who most recently began a non-profit organization called The Possibility Dogs, which rescues, trains, and places dogs with people suffering "unseen" disabilities. She lives with her search partner, Puzzle, a golden retriever certified for the recovery of missing persons, her service dog partner-in-training, Jake Piper, a German shepherd-pit bull-poodle mix, as well as a rabble of pomeranians, a chihuahua-cairn terrier mix, and two cats.

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