Dogs are doing their part to help tsunami-ravaged Japan. Remember the photos from Katrina? 9/11? Oklahoma City? Do you ever wonder about the stories behind the search and rescue teams whose photos capture our hearts? Are these people paid rescue workers or volunteers? Could you and your dog form a search and rescue team?
Humans have long used dogs, with their remarkable scenting abilities, to pursue and recover people who have fallen prey to crime, misadventure, or catastrophe. Recent tragedies such as the tsunami in Japan and Hurricane Katrina have brought search and rescue (SAR) recovery to the forefront of daily news. In Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog, Susannah Charleson introduces us to this world as she vividly describes the adoption and training of her puppy, Puzzle. Together they undergo extensive training to work with Dallas's elite Metro Area Rescue K9 unit. This memorable tribute to the dedication of dog-handler teams is an essential read for dog lovers.
Other recommended books about human-dog relationships are:
- Last Dog on the Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou by Steve Duno
- Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin
- Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs by Sharon Sakson
- You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secret of Happiness by Julie Klam
I read Scent of the Missing and thought it was interesting. I'm reading Oogy right now, and enjoying it greatly. Just put a hold on You Had Me at Woof. :)
May I also suggest For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend, by Patricia McConnell? I read a lot of dog books (18 in the past year). This is my favorite by far.