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So That Others May Live: Caroline Hebard & Her Search-And-Rescue Dogs Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1996


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This is a truly remarkable account of an uncommon woman, her extraordinary German shepherd dogs, and their combined talent and devotion. Hebard, a pioneer in the area of canine search-and-rescue work, recounts with co-author Whittemore over 25 years of her life spent training her dogs, herself, and others to assist in the location of lost persons, criminals, and disaster victims. A woman of conviction and purpose, Hebard was able to rise to head of the U.S. Disaster Team Canine Unit and still raise a family. Hebard describes her motivation, how she acquired her dogs, and how she trained them and provides gripping, sometimes graphic, accounts of rescues she participated in. (She located cadavers as well as live persons.) Readers will feel the terror of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake and the horror of the Oklahoma City bombing. They will grieve with Hebard and her family as her canine partners age and pass on. Readers will also be impressed by Hebard's depth of understanding of canine psychology and positive motivational training techniques. Highly recommended.?Edell Marie Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., Wis.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hebard neither had a conventional upbringing nor has had what could be considered an ordinary family life as an adult. Instead, the multilingual child of a diplomatic family settled down to raise her own four children, while at the same time becoming increasingly involved with training her dogs to assist in search-and-rescue missions. This account of Hebard's life will appeal to animal lovers as well as those readers who appreciate adventure travel. But unlike most travel writing, this inspirational narrative vividly presents not only the extreme conditions endured by rescue teams, but also the incredible emotional toll that comes with recovering victims, dead or alive. The heartfelt facts of Hebard's love and regard for the dogs she has raised over the years somewhat ease the somber mood emanating from multiple accounts of traumatic rescues in disaster areas shattered by earthquakes and floods. Alice Joyce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553574833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553574838
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,497,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found this book probably about 4 or 5 years ago, and since then I've read it about 20 times. So That Others May Live is really one of those hard to put down books. It captures the tragedy, heroism, compassion, and often humor of what Caroline Hebard and her dogs have done and still continue to do. All in all... it is one of the best books I've ever read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves dogs, or has any interest in Search and Rescue work.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Westenfeld on April 8, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book when it first came out and it totally changed my life. I could not quit thinking about Caroline Hebard and how she had given her life real meaning by combining her love of dogs with helping others. I did some more research and got a labrador retrevier to train for search and rescue. Along the way I decided that I needed to be better prepared to handle an emergency situation and I took classes to become an EMT. That led me to volunteer with a volunteer fire & rescue company. Although I trained my dog, he developed seiures and I have never used him for search and rescue. He has become my loyal companion and protector. I continue my work as a dedicated member of my Fire & Rescue Company and my life truly has meaning. All because of this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on September 26, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book inspired me to become a dog trainer. I carefully watch for the S&R dogs now at disaster sites and think of this book. I can now empathize with the joys and hardship of this work and hope to be a contributing part of this someday. Excellent book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Caroline is a determined, hard worker that doesn't let her being a women stop her or slow her down from disagreeing, or going against some very important and powerful men. This story insights the up points and down points of search and rescue. It shows some of the natural disaster in which her and her team search through rubble to save strangers' lives, and their struggle to be able to search in the countries that are enemies to the U.S.A.. The book also shows the psychological things the people and their dogs go through, and the problems they bring home to their families.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David A. Spearman VINE VOICE on August 12, 2004
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What a great story of wonderful animals and a large hearted women. She and her dogs surely gave the world a great view of what America's best looks like. How many families across the world and within our country have been greatly assisted by her and the groups she was with. This is not only a good story it is a saga of heart felt charity by some of the most wonderful people we have to offer. I am so very proud to know we are of the same clan, Americans. If you love your dogs don't miss this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Clark Kent, move over. This book isn't just about dogs that do incredible live-saving search and rescue work. This book is about the woman who would not take "no" for an answer when she wanted to pioneer the way for women in the search and rescue field, the paramedic field, and the fire fighting field. Caroline is a woman whose power, compassion and contribution are ironically understated- which is in line with her determined and focused personality. A mother, a life saving professional, and a dog trainer, she weaves her gripping (true) story in a way that will engage even the most aloof non-dog-loving reader. After reading her book I was inspired to call my local SAR organization and volunteer to be a "lost victim" for training practice sessions for their dogs
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SUSAN WILLIAMS on October 8, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Caroline Hebard is my mentor & inspiration. She is truly a leader in the field of K9 Search & Rescue. Caroline is as humble and unassuming in real life as she appears to be in the book. The book describes K9 Search & Rescue from an insider perspective - something that the general public rarely get to see. This book is important because it brings to bear the incredible importance of search & rescue work, and that the true heroes are those who have an unbreakable bond of trust & faith in each other!
I applaud Caroline & Hank for their insight and ability to bring each mission to life for the reader! BRAVO!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1998
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this is one of the most inspiring books I have ever read (all 3 times) No one who reads this book will walk away without an admiration for the dedication and love Caroline Hebard puts into her work and her dogs. I can not say enough about how much this book is a "must read". Caroline, if you ever check out theses reviews, I am a huge fan. Few have achieved as much as you.
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