Scent of the Missing

Connie's Book Club

Connie's Book Club

Scent of the Missing

Scent of the Missing

Time and again dogs have proven themselves invaluable in the search for those missing or injured in disasters and tragedies, but few of us know how Search and Rescue (SAR) dogs are chosen or what’s involved in training them. In Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog, we follow author Susannah Charleson’s adventures training with a police SAR team as she shadows qualified rescue dogs and their handlers in their CSI-like work. Once she is qualified to train and run beside her own search dog, she chooses a Golden Retriever she names Puzzle, a puppy whose willfulness and strong drive are important working-dog assets, but make training all the more challenging, even for someone like Charleson who has raised dogs for years. The riveting story chronicles their partnership from puppyhood training through to actual searches for the lost. I found myself spellbound by their ability to read and unravel clues in their SAR work, as well moved by the deep bond the two form to make an inseparable team.

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