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Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Susannah Charleson

Narrated By: Susannah Charleson

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: April 2010

Duration: 10 hours 10 minutes


After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy's willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years. Scent of the Missing is the story of Susannah and Puzzle's adventures and the complex relationship they forge as they help in the pursuit and recovery of people who have fallen prey to crime, misadventure, or catastrophe: a missing teenager, an Alzheimer's patient wandering in the cold, the debris of the space shuttle Columbia disaster.


  • michelle

    what an amazing story! The author/narrator is interesting to listen to and has chosen a great collection of short "stories" to paint the picture of her life working search and rescue... and of course, the story of man's bast friend, her SAR dog! I love it. I was shocked to see when I putting the last cd in the player that I had listened to so many discs already, and would have been happy to listen to more! Im so glad that she did the narrating herself, and love how she puts emotional, almost human attributes, to her dog and the other dogs on the team's behaviors. I love my dog and see how they could seem to say certain things. Awesome book.

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  • Margaret

    This book has exactly the right balance of personal information about the author, details about how these dogs are trained and amusing dog stories. Informative and entertaining. I've never been a "dog lover" but since reading this book I'm more interested in making friends with them.

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