Scent of the Missing: Love & Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog
2010, 288 pages
Susannah Charleson sees a photo of an exhausted dog handler holding his dog after they searched for hours for victims of the Oklahoma City bombing. She decides that she wants to help in these kinds of missions by raising and training a search-and-rescue dog.
It is challenging just bringing up her bouncy golden retriever puppy, Puzzle. But Puzzle also wants to “go to work,” and she and Susannah begin the training to search for lost children, Alzheimer patients who have wandered off, or for disaster victims. It is an amazing story, and Susannah is funny and honest about her shortcomings. What struck me most was the bond that forms between her and her sassy puppy, Puzzle.
For more information about the library, visit concordpubliclibrary.net.