This week on Here After with Megan Devine:
Dogs and the Dead: with cadaver search dog expert Cat Warren
You’ve probably seen it – dramatizations of search dogs, running through the woods, noses to the ground, looking for a missing person, or for human remains. We’ve got a weird fascination with this stuff in the media, but when it’s real life – well, if it’s your loved one those search dogs are looking for, it’s a whole different story.
What’s it like being the human half of a cadaver search dog team? Expert Cat Warren lays it all out this week.
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In this episode we cover:
- What’s it really like to work a crime scene with your dog? Is it cool or creepy?
- How do we navigate fascination and respect when it comes to other peoples’ trauma?
- Why people were mad that Cat’s book was more about the dog than it was a “true crime” exposé
- The difference between resolution and closure
- How do first responders and search teams deal with so many unhappy endings and unanswered questions?
About our guest:
Cat Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World. The book tells the story of learning to work with her impossible young shepherd as a cadaver dog to find the missing and dead. It won critical acclaim and was long listed for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. She taught science writing, journalism, and creative nonfiction at North Carolina State University for 26 years before retiring in 2021.
Find her at catwarren.com, on Instagram @cat_warren_author, and Facebook @CatWarrenAuthor
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