Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Scent of the Missing

I just finished this book for the second time, and really, it is so wonderful that I just had to recommend it to everyone. Of course, you'd have to know that I would love it, since it combines two of the subjects that are closest to my heart -- the search for the missing, and dogs. It is the true story of a woman working in search and rescue, from her start working with other dog teams, to selecting her own puppy and training her in search and rescue. It is beautifully told, neither overdone nor overdone. I actually have it on an audiobook, from, and this is one of the few books whose narration is absolutely flawless, and which adds to the story instead of detracting from it. It is, however, available from -- you can just click on the photo of the book to go right to it -- and it's only $5.98.

There was one occasion when I was listening to this while I was grocery shopping, and I had to turn it off because I was about to start sobbing in the middle of the store. It is definitely touching, but not in those terrible, can't stand to listen to it sort of ways. It touches your heart is all.

I think canine search and rescue is one of the best things a person could do. I can't tell you how much I wish I could do it myself. If one day millions of dollars were to land in my lap to use however I wish, I think supporting this work would be a great use for it.


  1. Talking about money...Have you though more of the money collection for the search?


  2. Asa, I mentioned in a comment on my previous blog that our police department is working on a plan now to be able to allocate the resources needed to complete this case. So hopefully they will be able to do that, and that would be a much better (and faster) solution.


  3. oh that is good news!!

  4. Dear Sharon,
    My name is Maddy and I'm 16 years old. I first heard about Michaela from an Oprah episode a few months ago so I researched her and I found this blog. I read it almost every day. I hope that someday soon, you and michaela are reunited. And I will be thinking of you all on Saturday.

  5. Oh Maddy, thank you. That is so sweet.

  6. Your style is really unique compared to other folks I have read
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