By Jazz Ramsey from Kylie Logan’s “The Secrets of Bones”
There is certainly nothing ordinary about this spring. Our world has turned upside down. Life is feeling uncertain, weird, and a little bit scary.
Believe me, I know. Wally and I are feeling the same way. Wally? He’s my new puppy, and yes, I’m training him to be a cadaver dog.
He’s not quite ready yet, and that’s fine with me. I don’t want to push him and besides, a lot of dogs don’t even get certified for HRD (that’s Human Remains Detection) until they’re two years old. They simply don’t have the attention span before that. Since Wally’s an Airedale and Airedales are notorious for being single-minded (some people call it stubborn), it may even take longer.
Now that St. Catherine’s, the school where I worked as administrative assistant to the principal, is closed as are all other schools here in Ohio, I have more time to spend with Wally. We’re working on long stays, and if the weather here in Cleveland ever cooperates (it’s been a lousy spring), we’ll go the park and start scent training.
Thanks to the search and rescue and HRD group I’m in, Wally has some excellent role models. There’s Gus, for instance, the dog I took to school for a demonstration before we all began our stay at home time. There was no way any of us could have known that simple demonstration was going to turn into a murder investigation. But then, no one suspected we’d find a skeleton in a long-unused portion of the building, or that one day could turn the whole school on its head. What I’m about to discover in “The Secrets of Bones” is that even the hallowed halls of St. Catherine’s has its secrets–and some of them lead to murder.
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