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About one year after the death of her previous German shepherd, journalism professor Cat Warren decided she was ready for a new dog. Unfortunately, Solo, born without siblings, was the polar opposite of his predecessor: full of energy, resistant to conventional obedience training, and aggressive with other dogs. Eventually, an obedience trainer told Warren that what Solo really needed was a job, and Solo's career as a cadaver dog began. This book is not only the story of the process by which Solo and Warren learned how to find the bodies of missing people, but also an examination of working dogs of all types, and the human handlers who partner with them to do a variety of difficult (and sometimes unpleasant) jobs. All by itself, the story of Solo and the work he does is pretty amazing, but the addition of information on the science of canine sense of smell, and the history of humans and their canine partners make this book a fascinating read.
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