“Scent of the Missing” Book Trailer

“Scent of the Missing” Book Trailer

Watch the “Scent of the Missing” book trailer, narrated by Susannah Charleson. Featuring Team Puzzle and the Mark-9 search and rescue team of Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas.

“Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog” is now available in bookstores and from online book retailers.

19 Responses to ““Scent of the Missing” Book Trailer”

  1. Kalena says:

    Wow, what a trailer. Very effective and touching.


  2. shana says:

    Thank you so much for this book. I love it!!!

  3. Mary June says:

    I just got your book and haven’t been able to put it down. I admire so much the work you do with your dog….wish I were younger so I could learn to be a handler. God Bless you and Puzzle !!!!

  4. Andy says:

    Thank you for your wonderful book. An unexpected blessing was how your struggle with Puz’s independence versus domestication help me understand my Golden’s rambunctiousness is as much a gift as it is a pain. I hope your health is good.

  5. Patricia says:

    That is a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing with us your life. For me, it has been very informative and enlightening, since I didn’t know anything about rescue work and it being a non profit volunteer service. One would think it’s a public service provided by public safety department. I laughed and cried along with you, and is obvious you are not milking the pity cow. Thank you for taking care of all those dogs. God is good and provides.


  6. Susannah says:

    Thank you so much for reading ‘Scent of the Missing’ and for your response to it.

    A password glitch has shut me out of the site for a bit, so my response here is unquestionably late, but I am grateful to you for posting here —

    Puzzle sends her best, too, or would if only she had thumbs to type. She’s a grown-up girl now and a far cry from the puppy who left me spinning. At 6 1/2 years old, she is a dear, hardworking soul who loves her job best of anything she knows. And she is a lovely companion and friend.

    We cannot hold our canine family close enough, long enough. I treasure every moment I get with any of them.

    All best to you!

  7. Marsha says:

    My husband gave me your book as a birthday gift in June of 2010. I fell in love with you for your dedication to animals and search and rescue. And of course, who cannot not possiblly fall in love with Puzzle and her spirit? What a great name you gave her considering her career. I hope your health is good. Great book. I learned alot. And, great dedication which brought tears to my eyes. One of my Goldens may have had a shot at search and rescue..the other one, definitely NOT!! Short attention span! All the best!!

  8. Susannah says:

    Thank you very much and I’m sure Puz, in her dog way, would show you grateful thanks, too. We (human, Golden, and Pomeranians) are glad you visited our experience in Scent — and please be sure to give your Goldens a cookie from all of us!

  9. Gina Ysunza says:

    Hello Susannah- I came across your book by chance while browsing the animal section (where I tend to gravitate) at Borders. I’m currently about half way through, and cannot put it down. It’s quite fascinating to learn what truly goes into canine search and rescue (for both the handler and the dog) I am getting a great education and new appreciation for what you do. What we all see on the outside is not some haphazard search but a meticulously mapped out and methodical search. It has been equally fascinating to hear how each dog’s own personality brings a different level to each search. I have also enjoyed reading about the rest of your brood at home. Thank you for sharing a little glimpse into your home. And thank you to ALL of the search and rescue (biped and quadruped) for the work you do so willingly and selflessly. Blessings to you Puzzle and all the gang.

  10. Susannah says:

    Hi Gina!

    I gravitate to the animals area of Borders, too! Maybe we’ve shared the same floor-space and pulled the same books! I’m so sorry I’m seeing your post late — some glitch in the notifications system wasn’t letting me know new posts were showing up!

    I’m glad Scent gave you an insider’s look at the world of canine search. It’s what I hoped for, to take readers on the journey in all its shades.
    We are currently on standby for a search now, and I’m reminded how often we are called out on Spring Break. If I had one wish beyond rescue and healing for Japan right now, it would be that our young people on vacation would be just as joyful, but a little more careful, too.

    Take care, all the best. Puzzle and the Poms (and we have several new ones now) send doggy greetings. Some of them noisy. All meant kindly.


  11. Rich says:

    Thank you for telling your story! After ten years of doing canine-assisted therapy and fostering future service dogs, I have wanted to train and work an SAR dog. Your stories of training will be very valuable to me. Trust the dog!

  12. Susannah says:

    Thanks, Rich! I’m honored to be a part of your coming SAR experience. I’m beginning to work very closely with service dogs, so I’m thinking we should swap stories in months forward. :)

  13. Lori Hamilton says:

    Thank you for your book and for what you do. I have just finished reading Scent of the Missing and so appreciate your heart for your work and for your dogs. We have three rescued dogs and I do pet therapy with two of them. The dog’s purpose and ability never ceases to amaze me. Their willingness to do what we ask and to love us unconditionally is nothing short of amazing. Will you be writing again? A sequel would be fabulous…if do-able. Thanks again.

  14. mary lee r nitschke says:

    Thank you for putting such wonder and eloquence into your work and your description of the intricies of inter-specific communication into your book. I am thrilled to see folks who interact with working dogs willing to witness to the power of the relationship as part of the power in the work. This work is destined to become a hallmark as a resource for solid information in the field of training and animal behavior communication. I want to contact you about sharing your repertoire in some form with APDT. APDT Association of Pet Dog Trainers, APDT.com is one of the largest educational venues of dog trainers in the world. Our annual conference attendance is well over 1K every year and draws worldwide.
    I am the “science advisor” for APDT and seek out new presentors for the science track for the annual conference. I am so thrilled to have discovered your contributions (with a little help from Trisha McConnell).

    Please let me know if you would consider presenting at the conference.
    Mary Lee

    Mary Lee Nitschke, PhD. CAAB
    Professor of Psychology
    Linfield College

  15. mary lee r nitschke says:

    Please contact me at the above address. I am on the web only rarely.

  16. Eric Schaefer says:

    Thank you very much for your book. I just happened to find it while looking for books about the 2 pups I just found on the side of the road. They are German Shepard/ Collie Mix they are about 11 months old now and thanks to you I have started them in training to be search and rescue dogs like Puzzle. They are very smart and have great energy. You have inspired me to do something great with the 2 gifts I found in the woods. You are a blessing to everyone. Your book had me laughing and tearing up. Once again Thank you very much.


  17. Sylvie says:


    You have written a book that I will describe as pure magic. I am telling all of my friends about it, and that they MUST read it. You, Puzzle, the Poms, and the Cats are amazing!

    Thank you for writing this book. Thank you for telling the world what I, and so many others who love dogs, already know… we are blessed that they share their lives with us.


  18. Chris Barnes says:

    Loved the book and hope you and your furry family are all healthy and happy! I too have trained therapy and service dogs and have just joined the local SAR group to get experience without a dog before trying to make the next step of training a dog.

    My yellow lab Fern has the perfect mental and physical aptitudes to be a search dog but at 4 it is a little too late for her to start. Wish I had had time to try when she was younger.


  19. Jennifer says:

    While the focus often seems to be on Puzzle I think it should just as often, if not more, be on you. Puzzle would not be Puzzle without you. And this story would not have touched the lives of thousands without you.

    Your courage, commitment, patience, humour, perserverance in times of ill health and unwavering trust in mans/womens best friend is a testament to the goodness in this world. You have inspired thousands by sharing this gift during times when the world is full of uncertainty, fear and unhappy endings.

    And while Puzzle may get chicken and weenies for his efforts I do hope you also give yourself the equivalent for your outstanding contributions. You are revered by more than just your fine fourlegged friends, including us 40 year olds who dream of playing house in the backyard!

    I hope your book imparts to all who read it that everyone and every dog can make a difference.

    And to Puzzle – your are one golden dog with the god given ability to inspire and instill courage. Your huge smile, sideways tongue, wagging feathers and joy touched the core of my heart. You have helped elevate dogs to their rightful podium of nobility. May you be blessed with a long life, weenies, chicken and lots and lots of finds.

    Kindest Regards,