2023 Year in Review. Big Dreams Ahead…
Suzanne Elshult
by Suzanne Elshult
7M ago
As we reach the end of 2023, I am taking a moment to reflect on favorite stories, experiences and events of the year. I believe in dreaming big and want to make a meaningful difference in the world, particularly at this time when there is so much trouble all around. I am also taking a forward look at some of the things coming up in 2024 as converting dreams into reality continue to be a key focus. It would never have been possible to achieve any of my dreams without my team of family – husband Scott, daughter Linnea and family – and colleagues both in my professional and volunteer life. I am f ..read more
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Our HHRD Dogs Help Solving the Mystery of Long Lost Graves at the Northern State Hospital in Sedro Wooley
Suzanne Elshult
by Suzanne Elshult
7M ago
We are honored to support Project Manager John Horne with our historically trained dogs on a project searching for unmarked graves at the Northern State Hospital in Sedro Wooley. You can read more in this Seattle Times article about the work our dogs are doing and the tragic history and current efforts to reunite family members with the burial sites of long lost relatives. Northern State Hospital at one time was the largest asylum in Washington State and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The post Our HHRD Dogs Help Solving the Mystery of Long Lost Graves at the Northern St ..read more
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With Dogs and Radar We Continue to Volunteer at Mool Mool Looking for Native American Unmarked Graves
Suzanne Elshult
by Suzanne Elshult
8M ago
Thank you Anna King with Northwest Public Broadcasting/Northwest News Network for creating this excellent radio broadcast and article about the history of (Mool-Mool) the Fort Simcoe Native American boarding school in Washington. We feel truly privileged to be able to support Jon Shellenberger and Emily Washines with the Yakima Nation on this project. Listen to them talk about and paint a picture of the emotional trauma surrounding this very dark chapter of our history. https://www.kuow.org/stories/with-dogs-and-radar-volunteers-search-for-remains-at-mool-mool-or-fort-simcoe-state-park The pos ..read more
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Media, Events, Presentations and Awards
Suzanne Elshult
by Suzanne Elshult
8M ago
2023 International Book Awards 2023 Winner 2023 Foreword Indies Winner Article and radio segment, NWNews by Anna King: Yakama descendants search for relatives’ remains at Mool-Mool, or Fort Simcoe Historical State Park Article in Yakima Herald-Republic, October 29, 2023 by Tammy Ayer: Work to locate burials at Fort Simcoe Indian boarding school in WA intensifies November 17, 2023. Presentation to Swedish Club November 17, 2023 Presentation to Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce June 3, 2023. Southcenter Barnes and Noble presentation with Suzanne and Guy May 17, 2023. Port Garner Rotary presentation ..read more
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Keb Spreads Love at the Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce and the Swedish Club
Suzanne Elshult
by Suzanne Elshult
8M ago
Keb has retired from her career as a detection dog but she still enjoys being the ambassador for all search and rescue dogs. Most recently she was a much celebrated guest at a Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce lunch hour presentation where Suzanne and Guy shared missions described in A Dog’s Devotion. Keb has honed her ability “to get snacks” by looking cute and really, really hungry to an art. Between the Chamber of Commerce event and an evening presentation at the Swedish Club the same day, we literally SOLD OUT all our books and had to place an emergency order to fulfill orders. A good problem t ..read more
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Keb and Kili are supporting the Yakama Nation community in the search for relatives’ remains at Mool-Mool, or Fort Simcoe Historical State Park
Suzanne Elshult
by Suzanne Elshult
8M ago
We have had the great honor on two multiday efforts in 2023 (with another planned search in the Spring of 2024) to work alongside members of the Yakama Nation in the search for unmarked graves on the site of the first US reservation boarding school just outside White Swan, Wa. Both Keb and Kili have had an opportunity to support this effort with Suzanne as the K9 Project Lead and Guy Mansfield as the Chief Planner for the K9 portion of the project. Other volunteers that have participated in this effort include , June Mansfield/Operations Manager and Field Support, Dan/Merrifield K9 Belle, Kris ..read more
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We Are supporting the Native American Boarding School Cause
Suzanne Elshult
by Suzanne Elshult
9M ago
We are so thankful to be able to use our historically trained detection K9s to support the Yakama Nation Cultural Resources Management Program (under the direction of Jon Shellenberger) in locating unmarked Native American graves of children at Fort Simcoe, the site of the very first reservation boarding school in the United States. This is a very nice article written by Tammy Ayer who is dedicated to helping document and share what happened to the Native American children that were forcibly taken from their parents and subjected to all kinds of abuse. We just completed Phase Two with our dete ..read more
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Our Barnes and Noble Speaking Tour Continues!
Suzanne Elshult
by Guy Mansfield
1y ago
Suzanne and Guy (and Keb!) are continuing their author speaking tour, and will be giving presentations about their search and rescue adventures at Puget Sound area Barnes and Noble stores. All three will appear in person to promote and sign their recently-released book. Who wouldn’t want a copy of A Dog’s Devotion: True Adventures of a K9 Search and Rescue Team – signed by Suzanne and Guy, and stamped with Keb’s pawprint! Make plans to join us: Saturday June 3 (1PM): Barnes and Noble Southcenter 300 Andover Park W Ste 200. Tukwila, WA You can visit the Southcenter Barnes and Noble Website here ..read more
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Keb Catches the First Pitch!
Suzanne Elshult
by Guy Mansfield
1y ago
On Monday April 3, 2023 at the Seattle Mariners’ home game with Los Angeles Angels, 13-year-old K9 “Keb”, the 2022 American Humane Search and Rescue Hero Dog, caught the ceremonial first pitch of the game! Keb appeared at the home plate (and on the Big Screen), enjoyed some quality time with the Mariner Moose, and was honored during the Mariners’ “Bark at the Park” program. Our exciting evening began at the exclusive “Third Base Entry” at T-Mobile Park, where we were met by representatives of the Seattle Mariners, and led into the VIP lobby. We were then escorted through secret tunnels to ou ..read more
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Recognition for Edmonds Bookshop!
Suzanne Elshult
by Guy Mansfield
1y ago
Our hometown book store, Edmonds Bookshop, was just announced as a finalist for the 2023 Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year Award! Edmonds Bookshop sponsored our very first author event for our book “A Dog’s Devotion,” and also supported our book launch event in November, 2021. As reported in My Edmonds News (https://myedmondsnews.com/2023/03/edmonds-bookshop-named-a-finalist-for-publishers-weekly-bookstore-of-year/ ) Edmonds Bookshop owner Michelle Bear responded by saying “It is such a surprise and an honor to be nominated and in the company of such great bookshops across the country ..read more
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