Apr. 12th, 2017

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

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was an interesting look at something I don't know a lot about, the training and work that goes into search and rescue dog work, told from Charleson's memories of getting involved in search and rescue work and eventually training her own search and rescue dog. What stunned me most was that given the sheer number of hours involved each week, the rigorous training, and the emergency phone calls that happen in the middle of the night, these search and rescue dog teams are mostly volunteer and the people who put all of this time and effort into them often have day jobs that they go to after searching all night for a missing person. It made me appreciate their hard work and dedication, though, I would gladly pay a bit more in taxes if we could get these hard working folks a salary.

A lot the book focused on Charleson training her dog, Puzzle, interspersed with memories of search and rescues she had been a part of before she'd gotten Puzzle. I guess I was expecting to hear more about the work she did with Puzzle once she had been trained and less about the process of being trained. Still, the chapters that focused on the search and rescue cases were the most intriguing and eye opening.

We've all seen search and rescue dogs on tv and in the movies, and this give more insight into the methodical nature of the work (it's not just strapping a dog on a leash and saying "find!") and appreciation for the workers, both human and canine, who do it.

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