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Search Dogs and Me: One Man and His Life-saving Dogs [Paperback]

Neil Powell
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Book Description

16 Sep 2011
'In 1972, when I first began to discover the delights of the mountains and then became involved with search and rescue, I found that I could combine my love of dogs with this new passion for the great outdoors. Search Dogs & Me charts the journey which has taken me and my dogs from Donegal, Kerry, the Lake District and the Mountains of Mourne to Kashmir, Turkey and Algeria.' Neil Powell Search Dogs & Me tells the remarkable story of one man's adventures with his life-saving dogs. For the past forty years, Neil Powell has worked with dogs, in mountain search and rescue, drowned victim recovery, collapsed structure searching, and optical disc and drug detection. Neil and his dogs have participated in countless searches - often in life-threatening situations - and saved many lives in Ireland, the United Kingdom and throughout the world. But these are not just heroic working dogs, they are much-loved family pets, and they form the heart of the story. We come to know their personalities and quirks, and share in Neil's heartbreak when they reach the end of their days. Search Dogs & Me is a heartwarming, inspiring and beautifully told story that will melt - and break - the hearts of dog lovers everywhere.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd (16 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856408670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856408670
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

NEIL POWELL is originally from Cork but now lives near Newcastle, County Down, in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, with his wife and eight dogs. In the early 1970s he trained Ireland's first mountain rescue dog, and since then has gone on to train drowned victim recovery dogs, collapsed structure search dogs and is a founder member of British International Rescue Dogs team. Neil's dogs have been the recipients of awards for animal gallantry and devotion to duty.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Search Dogs and Me 19 Sep 2011
By Milo
My wife gave me this book as a present and it's a brilliant read. A great story about a guy who has really helped people and saved lives. It's not just him though, it's the great dogs he's worked with and trained and the relationship he has with them that makes this book so good. The author doesn't only train mountain search and rescue dogs, he trains dogs to find people at earthquake sites and even to find bodies underwater. He and his dogs have worked all over the world, from Lockerbie to Turkey and Afghanistan. Really uplifting and heart-wrenching in places, a fantastic book for anyone who loves dogs. The author has a great attitude to the dogs too and since we have a dog with a few problems I felt really inspired. This book gets a big thumbs up from me!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 18 Sep 2011
By Reader
This is one of the most enjoyable books I have ever read. It's moving, heartwarming and a celebration of the relationship between dogs and people. Neil Powell is a natural storyteller - he writes with warmth and humour and great modesty, given the scope of his achievements over the years - and his dogs are at the very heart of the story. You feel as though you know each of his dogs: their great rescue achievements, but also their foibles and quirks. I can't recommend it more highly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down, read it in one sitting. 2 Oct 2011
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Brilliant book, very entertaining and enlightening. Some parts sad and some are laugh out loud. This book is the best book I have read this year! It gives a real insight into how ordinary people form amazing humanitarian organisations like SARDA and BIRD and end up doing amazing things. All told in an entertaining, very easy to read way. Just can't wait for the next one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Unputdownable" and a true eye opener! 4 Oct 2011
By Didi
I need to mention at the start of this review that I am only half way through the book so far....

... I don't normally write reviews but I am just enjoying this read so much, and knowing that it is a recent release, I felt the urge to leave a review. I am from the Mourne Mountain area where the author is located, and where much of the training of his search dogs takes place, but the description of the locations really brings it to life.

I started to read the book one night, and ended up very sleep deprived the next day as I couldn't put it down! An absolutely fascinating, really interesting, read. It is a real eye-opener into the work and dedication that people such as Neil and others, put into helping people who need it. It is interesting to see how some things that we now take for granted were thought up and created by them. One vivid story in the book is that of Neil and his dog Pepper helping out in the search after the Lockerbie bombing. You realise that the people who go in to do this work, are just normal people, who have the courage to help others.

If you are interested in the outdoors, or you are a dog lover, this book is a must! It has also given me great inspiration to keep training my dog on even the most simple things, as it is amazing what some dogs are capable of!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspirational Book! Highly recommended!! 7 Oct 2011
What a wonderful book! Neil Powell recounts the life and experiences of a SARDA dog handler and his faithful companions, sharing the highs and lows of life in the front line of search and rescue. I have been lucky enough to have had a few dog training sessions with the author and was aware of the great knowledge he has about dogs but was totally unaware of the magnitude of his (and his dogs) achievements!
Neil Powell tells a wonderful story that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. With great humilty and humour, he gives the reader an insight into the world of a search and rescue dog handler and his dogs. Above all, he conveys the great love he has for all his dogs (past and present) and one can only marvel at the amazing skills of Neil and his dogs. This is one of those must read books and it's an inspirational story. Neil and his dogs are truly unsung heroes!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must. 1 Jan 2012
Bought this book as a present just before Christmas and on the saturday following the purchase i had Neil sign it at a signing in Smyths newcastle.
Meeting him again gave the book even more reality.As i started to read it i realized i'd been hooked and resented the fact i'd have to give it as a present before long, but reluctantly did so.Luckily for me it was for my wife so i got back into it again on Christmas day,for somone who isn't a reader this book held me page for page and is now having the same effect on my wife.
A truly great read and especially if you've got GSD's.Look forward to the next one or maybe a series of short film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Search Dogs and Me 29 Oct 2011
What a book. I laughed,cryed and read in awe of Neil powel and his dogs and thats just in the first few pages. Its been a long time since a book has held my mind so that i couldnt put it down. Thankyou Neil.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One man and his dogs !! 29 Oct 2011
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Excellent insight into the world the man and his Life-saving dogs. Brilliant read !! Highly recommend it.Search Dogs and Me: One Man and His Life-saving Dogs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Search Dogs and Me‏
I've just finished the book, I was moved to tears at times. For pet lovers who understand the love we can share with our animals. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Teachers Pet
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The most honest account of a doghandlers life that I have ever read.
I laughed at, and with Neil, I also cried with him when the dogs passed on.

Well done Neil.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational book, inspirational dogs
I loved this book and found it hard to put down Neil Powell writes as if he's talking straight to you as a friend while he recounts the stories, warts and all, of his dogs and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Blunsden
5.0 out of 5 stars got a present
My mum wanted it so I got it as a gift. she enjoys it, and it's kept her entertained so it must be good.
Published 6 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
This is a fab book and a must read for any dog liver or anyone interested in working dog's. Sometimes books take a few chapters to get me into it, but this book had me on the first... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rebecca Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
A wonderful journey with this man & his wonderful dogs!
I laughed & cried in equal measure!
A must for dog lovers every where!
Published 9 months ago by Brenda
4.0 out of 5 stars A life with dogs
A moving tribute to his dogs and an interesting story of Neil`s life in search and rescue. A good read.
Published 11 months ago by Andrew Ruck
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all dog lovers
A brilliant book to read bringing out every emotion from laughing to crying out loud. I was there every step of the way appreciating how much work goes into teaching pups new... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sue
3.0 out of 5 stars Search Dogs
This was bought as a present for my brother, and that was his comment it's OK. I haven't read it myself so can't give my own opinion
Published 13 months ago by Mrs V Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
I loved this book, it was so nice to read a book that you feel the person is just sitting beside you telling their stories. Read more
Published 14 months ago by MRS ROBERTA CREEN
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