Dog Heroes: Saving Lives and Protecting America

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The images of heroic dogs working to find victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks captured the hearts of Americans -- and brought attention to the important role that these working dogs play in our nation. In addition to these high profile "disaster dogs," the United States has a wealth of search dogs performing critical and often surprising jobs. You may know of law enforcement and military dogs that sniff out bombs, drugs, landmines and criminals -- but you'll also find professional and volunteer ...
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The images of heroic dogs working to find victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks captured the hearts of Americans -- and brought attention to the important role that these working dogs play in our nation. In addition to these high profile "disaster dogs," the United States has a wealth of search dogs performing critical and often surprising jobs. You may know of law enforcement and military dogs that sniff out bombs, drugs, landmines and criminals -- but you'll also find professional and volunteer dog teams that are instrumental in finding lost or abducted children, identifying unmarked Civil War gravesites, recovering avalanche victims, discovering dangerous gas line leaks, pulling drowning swimmers to shore, or detecting termites in your new home. Search dogs have even been used to find skin cancer with better accuracy than doctors!

Search dog trainer and photographer Jen Bidner brings her knowledge of the field to Dog Heroes, the first book to celebrate the stories of these brave dogs and their handlers and highlight their capabilities with dramatic photographs. In addition to rousing real-life tales, Bidner writes about the history of canine search and rescue, complete with photos and artwork from the turn of the century. She reveals the wide range of breeds being successfully used as search dogs, from the small and feisty Jack Russell terrier to the huge 150-pound Newfoundland. Dozens of breeds are featured here, included many mixed-breeds rescued from shelters. Detailed information on getting started in canine search and rescue rounds out this terrific book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585746965
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Jen Bidner is a volunteer K9 handler with Illinois- Wisconsin Search & Rescue Dogs (ILL-WIS), a not-forprofit canine unit that helps law enforcement agencies and fire departments in the Midwest find lost and missing people. She is the author of over a dozen books.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction 1
The History of Search Dogs 2
Tracking & Trailing 14
Air-Scenting Dogs 26
Disaster Dogs 36
Avalanche Dogs 56
Water Recovery Dogs 62
Evidence/Article Dogs 68
Human Remains 70
Police Dogs 76
Military Dogs 86
U.S. Customs & the ATF 94
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture 100
Wildlife Enforcement 104
New & Unusual Specialties 110
Getting Started 114
Glossary 128
Photo Captions & Credits 130
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