- 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: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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.
Top customer reviews
I thought I knew a lot about German shepherds, having owned and dearly loved one when I was a girl. I came away from this book realizing how little I really did know about that breed - and, for that matter, about dogs. This is an amazing story, graphic but never gratuitous in its honest descriptions of disasters. It occasionally bogs down a bit in detail, but otherwise it is a genuine nonfiction page turner.
--Reviewed by Nina M. Osier, author of "Love, Jimmy: A Maine Veteran's Longest Battle"