In Search of the Missing: Working with Search and Rescue Dogs

In Search of the Missing: Working with Search and Rescue Dogs

by Mick McCarthy, Patricia Ahern




In Search of the Missing paints a vivid picture of the people and dogs behind search and rescue operations, the painstaking demands of training and qualification, and the highs and lows of a job where minutes can be the difference between saving someone's life or finding only their body.

Renowned as one of the most skilled search dog handlers on both land and sea, Mick McCarthy has over twenty years experience of searching for missing persons. He has experienced first-hand the dangers, thrills, tragedies and triumphs of search and rescue operations carried out on flood-swollen rivers and wild seas, in woodland and bogland, and on treacherous mountain peaks, often in the dead of night in hazardous conditions.

Originally from Knockraha in east Cork, Mick is the founder of the Cork Area Search and Rescue Dog Association and is a founding member of both the Search and Rescue Dog Association of Ireland and the British Overseas Disaster Unit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781856356916
Publisher: Mercier Press, Limited, The
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Pages: 283
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Prologue 21

One Boy and His Dogs 24

Between the Gigs and the Reels 37

Stepping Stones 48

Lockerbie 56

A Mountain to Climb 61

Cumbria 84

Castleisland Call-out 97

Rizzo 100

Dog Talk 105

The Ministers and the Muzzles 114

The German Boy Scout 121

Nightmare at Wellington Terrace 129

Hungry Hill 134

Frolics on Caroline Street and Beyond 140

Equinox 147

Back to Basics 156

Bothered and Bewildered 166

Water-dog 170

Sadness Along the Slaney 175

Ninety-one and Missing 182

Understanding Lucy 188

The Missing Schoolboy 196

Drownings at Owenahincha 206

Coole Mountain Tragedy 212

Bandon River Call-out 218

Puppy Love 221

Badgershill 229

Dog Tales and Sheep 235

Reminiscence and Recollection 242

River Lee Search 248

The Passing 257

Shadows of a Searcher 262

Appendix: Bloodhounds and Bloodlines 269

Acknowledgements 273

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I found this book, I had high hopes for it. It was a topic that I found very interesting and even something that I have been thinking about possibly doing in the future, so I started this book with an open mind. What I read was nothing like what I expected. This book starts off with a very slow beginning, talking about why the author decided to join search and rescue and some other history. The problem is, the slow beginning doesn’t stop. It continues to bore you until you either decide skip forward a few chapters, or just quit the book altogether (after skipping ahead a bit I returned to the part that I missed and read it). This book consists mostly of short stories about the author and other various people, how the traveled around the world (but mostly in Europe) and how they used the dogs to search for various people.  Even though I am a very avid outdoors man and a dog lover, I found this book to be quite boring. The writing was a bit iffy and at times the author seemed to just ramble on. Sure some people may find this book interesting with its short stories about their dogs, but I believe that there are much better books on this topic that are much better written and that people would enjoy much more. There were a few good parts, but overall, no, I wouldn’t recommend this book to a friend. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm determined to get through this book, Did you have an editor? Because all of chapter 2 "Between the Gigs and the Reels" wasn't necessary-why do we all need to be subjected to a chapter of your work history? Get to the dogs, the calls, the work you put behind it. I would not recommend this book. You had a great idea, but it got lost in the details.