(Raymond, Maine-May 12, 2014) The Maine Golden Retriever Club today announced the selection of Susannah Charleson of McKinney, Texas as the club’s 2014 Honorary Member. Ms. Charleson is a New York Times bestseller author and worked as a search specialist with her canine partner, a Golden Retriever named Puzzle, for the Metro Area Rescue K9 unit, Mark-9, in Dallas, Texas. She currently is part of the foundation team for Waypoint SAR-US, which specializes in searches for the special needs missing. She is also the Executive Director of Possibility Dogs, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to rescuing and training homeless dogs for service and therapy work. Ms. Charleson visits Maine on a regular basis.
“Your fellow companions of Golden Retrievers honor you for the bond you have developed with Puzzle, your Golden Retriever search and rescue dog,” wrote Charles L. Cragin, MGRC’s President. “Many of our members have read your eloquent book, “Scent of the Missing” and enjoyed following Puzzle’s transformative process from swaggering, manic pup to professional SAR dog. You and Puzzle and your colleagues in Mark-9 provide a valuable public service. We also honor you for your service as Executive Director of Possibility Dogs, Inc. Upon learning that your new book, “The Possibility Dogs” was dedicated to two MGRC members and their service dog, it immediately became a “Must Read” on the MGRC reading list”, Cragin said.
Ms. Charleson expressed her thanks to MGRC saying that “it’s terrific to think of myself as part of your fine group. If search dog Puzzle weren’t in the back yard digging for treasure (she is up to her dog elbows in mud) – I’m sure she’d add a wroo-woo-wroo. Like so many of our beloved Goldens, she can sense happiness at twenty paces, and this good news is a happy thing, indeed. Thanks again for the honor. We find ourselves in amazing company, indeed,” she concluded.