Book Review | Scent of the Missing

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

Author: Susanah Charleston

My Review:

I have to start this review by saying that it was a HUGE hit with my little niece, though she didn’t read Scent of the Missing by Susanah Charleston. Puzzle, the rescue dog who stars in the Charleston’s book, has her photograph on the cover of the book and there is an insert of photos of Puzzle and Charleston’s other dogs inside the book. Every time my niece sees me, she yells “PUPPY!” and goes looking for Scent of the Missing. She then makes me tell her the names of all of the animals in the photos, which she repeats back to me giggling with glee and singing “puppy” in between asking me about the photos. She is a HUGE fan of the book!

I think the photos are adorable as well but, even more so, I really enjoy the stories told by Charleston in Scent of the Missing. This book chronicles how Charleston got involved with search-and-rescue animals and the adoption and training of Puzzle (a golden retriever) as a search-and-rescue dog.

I enjoyed this book because I found Charleston to be a strong writer and I was really interested in the subject. The anecdotal stories about how she got involved in this type of volunteer work (which I found really suprising because I had no idea that it was a volunteer position), the searches she was involved in and how she trained Puzzle were really interesting! I also loved reading the stories about how Charleston’s other pets interacted with Puzzle as a puppy – the stories were really cute!

Though I am not an animal lover, Scent of the Missing, actually made me consider getting a dog. I think this book would interest both animal lovers and people interested in learning about seach-and-rescue animals (and, as I learned, small children who love photos of puppies). I think the book would make a great Chistmas gift as well!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Susan is married and lives in Ontario, Canada. She is loves to read, work out, spend time with her family and try new things!

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