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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstaff Press Ltd (16 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856408670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856408670
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Milo on 19 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Reader on 18 Sept. 2011
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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 By Didi on 4 Oct. 2011
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nandpmathers on 7 Oct. 2011
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dpa. ballynahinch on 1 Jan. 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Oct. 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Davidson on 27 Jan. 2012
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Well Neil I've just finished the book; you've had me enthralled, on the edge of my seat, angry as hell (DEFRA / quarantine laws), laughing out loud and openly weeping on more than one occasion - but overall you've just left me waiting for more. The sadness of losing a dog, a friend, a constant companion is heart-wrenching as I know from bitter experience; my current two dogs Lady & Willow (Willow whom you've met) are 12 and 3 now and I know I have limited time with Lady; I just hope Willow is prepared for the additional hugs she will receive after Lady's day, hugs meant for Lady, as well as for the next new canine addition we will inevitably bring into the household at that point. It's heart-breaking to lose them, but the love and joy they bring in their short time with us makes their passing just that bit easier to handle. Thanks for putting your memories down on paper, I've found them enjoyable, inspiring, uplifting and heart-breaking all at once... All the best, Nigel
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