J. H. Lee lives with her two Pomeranians, Buddy and Boo.
Gretchen LeMaistre is a San Francisco–based photographer.
In the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, Susannah Charleson clipped a photo from the newspaper of an exhausted canine handler, face buried in the fur of his search-and-rescue dog. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Susannah was so moved by the image that she decided to volunteer with a local canine team and soon discovered firsthand the long hours, nonexistent pay, and often heart-wrenching results they face. Once she qualified to train a dog of her own, she adopted Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever puppy who exhibited unique aptitudes as a working dog but who was less interested in the role of compliant house pet. Scent of the Missing is the story of Susannah and Puzzle’s adventures as they search for the missing—a lost teen, an Alzheimer’s patient wandering in the cold, signs of the crew amid the debris of the space shuttle Columbia disaster—and unravel the mystery of the bond between humans and dogs.
In her heart she knows what she wants to be but desire and reality do not always ride the same horse.
For twelve-year-old Brooke, horses are a way of life. It does not matter whether she is riding in the rugged hills of the Silverton River or helping out on the Silver Valley Ranch, which she calls home; Brooke cannot remember a time when horses have not brought her joyuntil now.
Fighting to recover from a tragic riding accident, Brooke struggles to regain the confidence she has lost. She wants nothing more than to give her fears a giant kick and send them flying for good. But when the horse she received for her birthday mysteriously vanishes and trouble threatens to destroy her familys ranch, fear grips her in a stranglehold that seems impossible to break.
In the face of these difficulties and the discovery of a clue that unlocks a near century old mystery, will Brooke have the courage to act, or will she give in to her fears? Coward or cowgirlwhich will she be?