One Book, One Community

One Book, One Community – Read. Reflect. Engage.  is a campus-wide initiative that seeks to engage students, faculty, staff, and the community in reading, discussing, and analyzing the same book. This semester the One Book One Community Committee has chosen The Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleston. Copies of the book are available in the YCCC Library. Please join us for either of these two events, which are free and open to the public.

YCCC has two free events planned and hopes that faculty, staff, students and members of the community will join us.

March 8, 2017 – Noon
Susannah Charleston, author of The Possibility Dogs will be on campus for a discussion of the book, working with dogs and therapy animals.

Susannah Charleson was first published under her given name in 1981. A content provider before the term became an idiom, she has written magazine and newsletter articles, multimedia productions, PSAs, news stories, commercials, features and movie reviews for commercial radio, Web content for publisher Thomson/Wadsworth, radio theatre and parody for public radio, catalogue copy for a vintage jewelry store, and serial fiction on AOL. In addition to writing for media, she has worked in radio and television reporting news, weather, and traffic. Susannah hosted a Dallas-area arts & entertainment television program for thirteen years.

She is a flight instructor and canine search-and-rescue team member in the United States. Her search partner Puzzle is a Golden Retriever certified for the rescue or recovery of missing persons in urban, wilderness, disaster, and scent discrimination/trailing searches. Susannah and Puzzle share their home with a rabble of Pomeranians, a rescued German shepherd-Labrador retriever-pit bull mix, and a rescued Skye terrier-chihuahua mix out of Hollywood.

Susannah’s first book, Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2010. This critically well-received book also appeared on the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Amazon and Denver Post Bestseller lists, with excerpts appearing in D Magazine, Bark, and other online venues. The e-book returned to Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestseller lists in fall, 2012. Scent of the Missing is available in audio formats from Blackstone Audio and in e-print for Kindle, iPad, etc., as well. Portugese, Polish, Czechoslovakian, Japanese and Chinese editions are also available now.

For more information on the book, including a video trailer with Puzzle working in the field, visit the Scent of the Missing website. Scent is available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and fine independent booksellers nationwide and may be ordered directly from the book’s website, online, or purchased in stores.
Scent of the Missing was optioned for television in 2010 and is owned by CBS Productions.

A book that follows Susannah’s work with rescued dogs trained for mental health service to the disabled and for therapy work in the wake of catastrophe or trauma — The Possibility Dogs: What a Handful of Rescues Taught Me About Service, Hope, & Healing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, June 2013.

Audiobook editions of both Scent of the Missing and The Possibility Dogs are available from Blackstone Audio/ Susannah narrates both books.

March 29, 2017 – 6:00 pm/YCCC Mid-Cafe
Panel Presentation
Topic: Service & Therapy Dogs
Expert Panelists: Arika Zielfelder, Rick Barnaby, Mary & Scott Mace


Arika Zielfelder uses a manual wheelchair and is matched with my Service Dog, Faxon. They were matched as a team by Canine Companions for Independence, a national non-profit assistance dog organization, in November of 2008. Faxon played a huge part in allowing Ms. Zielfelder to live independently in a dorm at the University of New Hampshire, due to all of his assistance dog training. Since graduating from UNH, she now works full-time at Wal-Mart in the personnel office. When not working, Faxon and Arika enjoy exercising together; whether it is by going for walks, cross-country skiing, or  CrossFit workouts. We also enjoy spending time with the local Canine Companions for Independence volunteers, our friends, and family.

Rick Barnaby has been in therapy work with dogs for many years.  He has worked with children with Down’s Syndrome, Autism as well as those who are physical and developmentally challenged.  He also works in rehabilitation facilities and with veterans organizations. He has puppy raised for service dog organizations which has given him insight into the world of Assistance Dogs and therefore the differences between Therapy and Service and also the many commonalities. His passion  is introducing and helping all walks of life to the power of a dog. Rick Barnaby will be accompanied by Atticus 2-year-old chocholate lab.

Scott and Mary Mace have been Puppy Raisers with Canine Companions for Independence for 20 years. They love the experience of training a new puppy and seeing where the puppy goes to enhance someone’s life.  Even when the puppy choices a Change of Career, they seem to find where they belonged as a therapy dog or well cared for pet.  They are currently raising their 8th puppy Bennix and waiting for news on puppy 7th, Eliot’s,  graduation date. Yes, they cry at turn-in but there is no better feeling than to opportunity to help enhance someone’s independence. Scott is a trainer and on the Board of Piscataqua Obedience Club (P.O.C) in Kittery. Scott is also on the Board of The Guide Dog Users of New Hampshire.  Mary is the current President of the Piscataqua Obedience Club and apprenticing to become a trainer at the P.O.C.