Scent of the Missing

Scent of the Missing

Love and Partnership With A Search-and-rescue Dog

Book - 2010
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After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy's willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years. Scent of the Missing is the story of Susannah and Puzzle's adventures and the complex relationship they forge as they help in the pursuit and recovery of people who have fallen prey to crime, misadventure, or catastrophe.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
ISBN: 9780547152448
Characteristics: viii, 288 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Nov 21, 2018

is this book good for younger kids? like is there bad know.

Jan 03, 2017

Pilot, animal lover, search and rescue volunteer...and now a writer, and a darn good one at that. I was engrossed in her adventures; her work is beautifully descriptive without being too wordy. The author also has an endearing sense of humor which made the book not only a good read but a great read. How can one woman accomplish so many things with so much grace and humor? I don't know, but I do know this is a book I will heartily recommend to my friends and family.

Oct 02, 2015

Absolutely loved this book!

Aug 13, 2013

I loved this book - anyone interested in learning about search and rescue with a dog, or just dog training, should read it.

Oct 12, 2011

A very readable, interesting look into the lives of the emergency techs whom we hear about and need when extreme incidents happen. The writer has a warmth to her and she obviously loves animals, dogs included, and is proud of the outstanding work she and they do.

Feb 04, 2011

Do you remember the last time you saw a search and rescue dog during a disaster? Did you know that most of these teams are strictly made up of volunteers who spend years training to do this difficult and dangerous work? Charleson introduces us to this world as she trains her Golden Retriever puppy "Puzzle" to work with Dallas' elite Metro Area Rescue K9 unit. A fascinating enjoyable read full of humor and adventure that any dog lover must read!

Aug 12, 2010

Thought this was going to be a really good book, but it's very slow. She diregess a lot about things that don't have much to do with search and rescue. Wanted to know more about the searching and less about her.


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