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Search and Rescue Dogs

Posted on: July 10, 2014

If you look online for books about search and rescue dogs, one of the first titles you’re likely to see is Scent of the Missing. This critically-acclaimed memoir has appeared on several bestseller lists including that of Amazon and the New York Times. Excerpts have been published in various online venues including  appearing in Bark and D Magazine. It’s also available in audio formats from Blackstone Audio. Scent of the Missing was even been optioned for television.

All these kudos go to debut author Susannah Charleson. She is a flight instructor and a canine search-and-rescue team member in the United States. Serving as the team’s public information officer, she gives lectures across the country. Her search partner Puzzle is a Golden Retriever certified for rescue. In addition to Puzzle, Charleson also has several rescued dogs and a few cats.

In addition to writing Scent for the Missing, Charleson acted as a content provider, writing for a broad variety of mediums: magazine and newsletter articles, multimedia productions and web content, catalog copy for a vintage jewelry store, and even serial fiction on AOL. She has worked in radio and television reporting news, weather, and traffic. Charleson hosted a Dallas-area arts & entertainment television program for thirteen years. Obviously, she isn’t new to the writing world.

All of the above comes from biographical information found on The Scent of the Missing jacket flap and website. On the latter, a couple of links worth checking out are:

Below are links to two interviews where Charleson talks at length about Scent of the Missing:

I’ll be back tomorrow with a review of Scent of the Missing. In the meantime, check out my own excursion into acting as a volunteer missing person for a local Search and Rescue training session:

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Almost a year after I announced that it was time to take a step back from this blog, Allison's Book Bag is still here. I'm slowly working back up to weekly reviews again. Each week, there will be one under any of these categories: Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, religious books, or diversity books. Some will come in the form of single reviews and others in the form of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

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