Scent of the Missing by Susannah Charleson
Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog

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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.


About Susannah Charleson

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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.
Published April 14, 2010 by Mariner Books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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The unique dynamic between man and "man's best friend" is passionately explored by a search-and-rescue dog handler.

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You might believe, as I did, that you know something about how search-and-rescue (SAR) dogs work from watching television or movies.

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As a dog enthusiast who has trained dogs to air scent to find people, I know that reading the dog's cues and signals are key to successful SAR teams.

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