Join us for an evening with Susan Purvis, author of the Nautilius Award Silver Medal Winner Go Find: My Journey to Find the Lost--and Myself, her memoir of finding herself while working with avalanche dogs to rescue adventurers trapped beneath the snow. Somewhere between hunting for gold in Latin America as a geologist and getting married to a new husband, thirty-three-year-old Susan Purvis loses her way. When Susan learns about avalanches that bury people without warning, she challenges herself: “What if I teach a dog to save lives?” This quest propels her to train the best possible search dog, vowing to never leave anyone behind.
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With no clue how to care for a houseplant, let alone a dog, she chooses a five-week-old Labrador retriever, Tasha, who constantly tests Susan’s determination to transform her into a rescue dog. Susan and Tasha jockey for alpha position as they pursue certification in avalanche, water, and wilderness recovery. Susan eventually learns to truly communicate with Tasha by seeing the world through her dog’s nose.
As the first female team in a male-dominated search-and-rescue community, they face resistance at every turn. They won’t get paid even a bag of kibble for their efforts, yet they launch dozens of missions to rescue the missing or recover the remains of victims of nature and crime.
Training with Tasha to find, recover, and rescue the lost becomes Susan’s passion. But it is also her circumstance—she was in many ways as lost as anyone she ever rescued. She was convinced that getting lost only happened to other people, until Tasha and a life in the mountains taught her otherwise.
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Susan Purvis, owner of Crested Butte Outdoors International, has taught wilderness medicine to everyone from the Secret Service to Sherpa guides in Nepal. Purvis and her search-and-rescue dog, Tasha, whom she trained to save lives on the most avalanche-prone slopes in Colorado, launched dozens of rescue missions and received Congressional Recognition for their role in avalanche search and rescue. Purvis’ work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, the BBC, and on Discovery. She lives in Whitefish, Montana. Go Find is her first book.
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