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The Lost Pet Chronicles: Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet Detective
by Kathy Albrecht
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Indulge me. I was ready for a quick light read and this was it. Albrecht was a K9 officer who turned her love of animals into a career. As a police officer she trained in scientific methods of detection regarding looking for missing persons, tracking suspects, and other police work. She began thinking about how she could use some of those methods to track lost pets and developed her own theories and yes, profiles. She decided she wasn't so taken with police work but was more interested in working with animals. It was not an easy task being taken seriously as a pet detective, thanks to Jim Carrey. It was a pretty fun read for me and I found it pretty interesting. If I ever lose a pet, I'll know how to go about finding it now, and where to look. ( )
The author describes her journey from an animal-loving police dispatcher to the founder of a network of pet search organizations. She started by training a search dog. Finding that police do not generally welcome civilian volunteers, she attended the police training academy and became a police officer. Along the way, she was inspired to train one of her dogs to search for pets rather than people. The book tells the story of the author's dogs, some of their notable searches, and the volunteer network she founded. The final chapter includes advice for searching for lost pets.
For millions of people, a pet is more than just an animal that shares a living space. These millions will do anything they can to recover a four-legged member of the family when it goes missing: unfortunately, most people just don't know where to look. Kat Albrecht is the person they call. Disillusioned by a police career where her brilliant search dogs and own dog-tracking techniques rarely got a chance to shine, Kat started training her retired weimaraner Rachel to search for lost animals-and found a whole new arena opening up. To the amusement of her skeptical colleagues, Kat decided to transform her newfound avocation into a business, becoming the only law-enforcement-based pet detective in the United States. Using investigative techniques such as probability theory, behavioral profiling, and physical searches by trained dogs, Kat Albrecht has helped more than eighteen hundred pet owners locate their lost dogs, cats, snakes, turtles, parrots, and horses. Along the way, she has faced one-of-a-kind challenges in her work: technical issues like teaching her trained search dogs to pursue missing pets, unexpected roadblocks (how do you convince a forensics lab to conduct a DNA test on a cat's whisker?), and the surprising difficulties associated with living in the shadow of Ace Ventura. But these challenges are balanced by unique joys each time Kat helps reunite a missing pet with its owners. The Lost Pet Chronicles tells the fascinating story of Kat's unlikely career path-and of how, along the way, doing the work she loved transformed her from a dissatisfied, disaffected cop into a woman who has found her true calling.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)363.28 — Social sciences Social problems and services; associations Other social problems and services Police Services Services of special kinds of security and law enforcement agencies
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