Gr 2-5-An interesting story of the training and work done by Newfoundlands, a breed of rescue dogs that has natural lifesaving instincts. Susie and Murphy Foley of Bigfork, Montana, raise and train Newfies and have started a volunteer organization called ``Black Paws Search, Rescue & Avalanche Dogs.'' The care, training, and uniforms for these big, lovable canines are described in Patent's conversational, anecedote-filled narrative. Muoz's good-quality, full-color photographs are attractive and informative. Children will enjoy seeing these hard working animals in action.-Carol Kolb Phillips, The Library, East Brunswick, NJ
Patent and Munoz pool their considerable talents to introduce the Black Paws Search, Rescue & Avalanche Dogs team of Bigfork, Montana. Patent describes the training and special equipment used by these Newfoundlands, whose keen sense of smell helps them locate peoplewhether they are buried under an avalanche, submerged in water, or simply lost in the woods. She points out that although these animals search instinctively, instruction can greatly enhance their abilities. Munoz's crisp, clear photos capture the consummate skill and loving devotion of these gentle giants (some weigh as much as 160 pounds) that make excellent family pets as well as working dogs. Several shots portraying them in action at sea, under snow, and from the air (being lowered by a helicopter) are particularly intriguing. An excellent addition to the pet or working animal shelf, this will be popular with dog lovers everywhere.