Lost Dogs – What Do They Tell Us?

Lost Dog

The dinner hour is approaching and it’s been raining since early morning. The ground is soaked and there’s no sign of let up. Water ponds across the street at the foot of my driveway. Somewhere in the distance, commuter traffic fans out over dark ribbons of highways and back roads. It’s time for me to go. I’ll be smart, I say to myself as I back slowly out of my driveway. If I cut through the village park and circle around the main streets, I can get to the north side of town without any … [Read more...]

Review of “Scent of the Missing,” by Susannah Charleson

If you've ever wondered about what goes on behind the scenes leading up to a search and rescue mission, Scent of the Missing, by Susannah Charleson, is the book for you. Charleson tells her own story as a volunteer with a local canine unit.  Her narrative begins when she has already logged three years as a field assistant with a search-and-rescue (SAR) team and is thinking about taking the next step. That step is to take "...the next open slot to train and run beside a search dog.  Having … [Read more...]

Women And Dogs – My Mom’s Legacy to Me

My mom

My mom loved dogs. She didn’t ever take them to obedience classes yet hers were always fun to be around, good with kids and never aggressive.  She liked cocker spaniels and mutts. My earliest memories include her dogs.  There was Maggie, a non-descript, black dog with silky, curly hair and a long plume of a tail.  That dog raised my two younger brothers.  Well, she thought she did. And there was G-Co (pronounced  like the letter ‘g’ and co was short for “company.”) G-Co was a … [Read more...]

The One-Step Action Plan That Ensures A Rescue Dog’s Forever Home

In a perfect world, everybody lives happily ever after – including dogs.  Sadly, the millions of dogs that end up in animal shelters are testimony to a scarier reality. “We didn’t know it would grow to be so large.” “The landlord said I had to give him up.” “We have to move.” “With the new baby, we don’t have time.” “Allergies.” We are a casual, throw-away society and the evidence is written on the cards attached to the kennel runs of the dogs that are housed in animal shelters … [Read more...]

Welcome to The Healing Power of Rescue Dogs

Happy Dog Tails

I can't remember ever living without dogs - my mom's dogs, neighbor dogs, or dogs I borrowed from friends during those first years on my own when I was renting and couldn't have my own dog. Dogs are as natural and necessary to me as breathing is both natural and necessary for me to live.  You could say that DOG is hard-wired into my DNA. I lived with dogs for half of my life before I finally understood that they have this amazing ability to teach us about ourselves ... if we are open and … [Read more...]