by Angela Locke
Sphere Books, Penguin, 1988, ISBN 9780747401490, black and white photographic plates, paperback
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions (see photographs)
“John and Tina had only just moved to the Cumbrian Pennines when they first met Sam. An engaging, mischievous, yellow Labrador pup, they bought him on the spot with drastic consequences for their future life. Because it wasn’t long before Sam’s intelligence was noticed by neighbours involved in SARDA, the Search and Rescue Dog Association which provides a vital rescue service for people on the fells.
Called out at all hours in terrible weather conditions, members of SARDA require incredible powers of physical endurance, personal commitment, and total confidence between dog and handler. But the work is exciting, often exhilarating, though sometimes harrowingly tragic, relieved by moments of unexpected humour, particularly when a personality like Sam is around. The story of how John and Sam succeeded in joining this demanding organisation, despite some hilariously embarrassing misadventures, and the unique relationship that builds up between them makes for a fascinating, moving and utterly delightful read.”