With an epilogue containing indispensable information on how to look for missing pets, this is a must-read for animal lovers and sleuths alike.



by Kat Albrecht with Jana Murphy

THE LOST PET CHRONICLES:

Adventures of a K-9 Cop Turned Pet Detective
by Kat Albrecht with Jana Murphy
ISBN is 1-58234-555-4
(Bloomsbury, April 2004)

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ISBN is 1-58234-555-4

FROM PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

In this thoroughly engaging book, Albrecht narrates, with deadpan humour and Grisham-like suspense, the story of how she came to create an entirely new career: lost pet search and rescue.
As a police dispatcher and later a police officer in California, Albrecht was duty bound to give human emergencies priority over animal crises, but it wasn't until her Eeyore-like bloodhound, A.J., went missing that Albrecht saw the need for sophisticated detective and scent trail work to find pets. Going against the advice of colleagues and even friends, Albrecht trains her dogs - first Rachel, a search-and-rescue Weimeraner, and then bloodhounds Chase and A.J. (who was found) - to scent cats and other dogs in the same way they located lost hikers or on-the-lam criminals. Taking the reader on searches for everything from huskies and terriers to boa constrictors, she describes her dogs' incredible ability to detect scents and shares her own honed deductions about animal and human behaviour. Sometimes the author isn't able to find the lost animal and can only return bad news to people, like the owners of Gus, a cat who runs away days after their son's death. Yet with humour and fascinating insight into search-and-rescue work, Albrecht continues to find innovative ways to help animals and the humans who love them, and inspires readers with her dramatic career changes. With an epilogue containing indispensable information on how to look for missing pets, this is a must-read for animal lovers and sleuths alike.

Author Kathy "Kat" Albrecht is a former police bloodhound handler, crime scene investigator, search-and-rescue manager, and police-officer-turned-investigative pet detective. Since 1997, Kat has solved lost pet investigations by using law enforcement-based techniques and strategies that are normally used to solve lost person investigations. What began as an "experiment" to see whether or not her search dog Rachel could be trained to track lost pets, quickly led to other discoveries. Kat used high-tech equipment such as infrared cameras, amplified listening-devices, and search cameras. She pioneered the use of "search probability theory" and deductive reasoning for missing cats and Feline Behavioural Profiling, a system of predicting patterns of feline behaviour similar to how FBI profiles criminal behaviour. Kat discovered that behaviour is a critical barrier to the recovery of lost pets and has identified predictable patterns of behaviour in lost pets such as "The Silence Factor," "The Threshold Phenomenon," and "The Lost Pet Triad." Kat now trains and certifies human and K9 pet detectives to track lost pets. For information on how to become a pet detective, visit www.pethunters.com - ISBN is 1-58234-555-4