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Scent of the Missing is the captivating story of one woman's relationship with her remarkable partner, a Golden Retriever named Puzzle, whom she trains from puppyhood to become a highly skilled search-and-rescue dog...

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Scent of the Missing

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Scent of the Missing is the captivating story of one woman's relationship with her remarkable partner, a Golden Retriever named Puzzle, whom she trains from puppyhood to become a highly skilled search-and-rescue dog. Between Susannah's initial trepidation and Puzzle's outsize puppy antics, readers are swept along on their adventures together as they learn to pursue the rescue and recovery of human victims fallen prey to crime, misadventure or catastrophe. A teen gone missing. An Alzheimer's patient wandering in the cold. The debris of the space shuttle Columbia disaster. From earliest air-scent lessons to her final mastery of whole body dialogue, Puzzle emerges as a fully communicative, collaborative partner. Along the way, Susannah and Puzzle learn to read the clues in the field, and in each other, to accomplish together the critical work neither could do alone.

"A mesmerizing close-up of dogs...Charleson's prose is palpably alive, showing how each job, like life, entails place 'one foot before another, hoping for good but prepared for grief, and following the dog ahead anyhow.' " - PEOPLE

"If you want to read about a dog who's a real hero, try Susannah Charleson's refreshingly grounded memoir, Scent of the Missing." - WASHINGTON POST

"A fascinating woman has written eloquently about her fascinating colleague and the critically important search-and-rescue work that these two face together. I LOVED this book" - ELIZABETH MARSHALL THOMAS, aurthor of The Hidden Life of Dogs

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Type Book - soft cover
Run Time No
ISBN # 9780547422572
Presenter No
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Copyright © 2010 Susannah Charleson
Author Susannah Charleson
About The Presenter (BIO)

Susannah Charleson was first published under her given name in 1981. A content provider before the term became an idiom, she has written magazine and newsletter articles, multimedia productions, PSAs, news stories, commercials, features and movie reviews for commercial radio, Web content for publisher Thomson/Wadsworth, radio theatre and parody for public radio, catalogue copy for a vintage jewelry store, and serial fiction on AOL.

She is a flight instructor and canine search-and-rescue team member in the United States. Her search partner Puzzle is a Golden Retriever certified for the rescue/recovery of missing persons in urban, wilderness, disaster and scent discrimination searches. Susannah and Puzzle share their home with a rabble of Pomeranian's,a rescued German Shepherd/pit bull/standard poodle mix, and a rescued Skye terrier / toy poodle / chihuahua mix out of Hollywood. Susannah's first book, Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2010. This critically well-received book also appeared on the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Amazon and Denver Post Bestseller lists, with excerpts appearing in D Magazine, Bark, and other online venues. The e-book returned to Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestseller lists in fall, 2012. Scent of the Missing is available in audio formats from Blackstone Audio and on Kindle. Portuguese, Polish, Czechoslovakian, Japanese and Chinese editions are in production now.

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