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010 _a 2018039819
020 _a9781250179913
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035 _a(OCoLC)1080866775
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050 0 0 _aSF428.73
_b.M45 2019
082 0 0 _a636.7/0886
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049 _aMZEA
100 1 _aMelville, Wilma,
245 1 0 _aHero dogs :
_bhow a pack of rescues, rejects, and strays became America's greatest disaster-search partners /
_cWilma Melville with Paul Lobo.
250 _aFirst edition.
264 1 _aNew York :
_bSt. Martin's Press,
300 _a327 pages, 16 ummumbered pages of plates :
_billustrations, color ;
_c22 cm
336 _atext
337 _aunmediated
338 _avolume
520 _a"The incredible memoir of how Wilma Melville turned a band of shelter dogs into one of America's foremost disaster-response assets in catastrophes from 9/11 to Katrina. Ana and Hunter were failed service dogs. Recon was left for dead on the train tracks. Cody was returned to the shelter seven times before he turned two. To most, these dogs were unadoptable. Unsalvageable. Irredeemable. To retired gym teacher and grandma Wilma Melville, they were the heroes America needed. While volunteering as a canine search-and-rescue handler during the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Wilma saw how ill-prepared the country was to respond to disasters. Then and there, beside her loyal Black Lab, Murphy, she made a pact, singlehandedly founding the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) and beginning a journey that would change the face of search-and-rescue in America forever. But even Wilma could not predict how desperately her idea would soon be needed. With 9/11, the scope of disaster response in America changed in an instant, and people across the country realized how crucial these dogs were, launching the SDF to a national stage. In this gripping, heartwrenching story, Wilma and writer Paul Lobo trace the paths of the amazing animals, firefighters, and volunteers who brought Wilma's dream to fruition. They recount struggles and triumphs as the dogs and their handlers face off with hurricanes, bombings, and other staggering disasters. Along the way, we witness the unshakeable bonds that develop between humans and these remarkable dogs"--
_cProvided by publisher.
504 _aIncludes bibliographical references (pages 323-327).
650 0 _aSearch dogs
_zUnited States.
650 0 _aRescue dogs
_zUnited States.
650 0 _aDog rescue.
600 1 0 _aMelville, Wilma.
650 0 _aDog specialists
610 2 0 _aNational Disaster Search Dog Foundation (United States)
650 0 _aSearch and rescue operations.
700 1 _aLobo, Paul,
994 _aC0
999 _c135880