In 1995, Sue Purvis traded a lucrative geology career hunting for gold in the Dominican Republic for a rebellious puppy. She trained that black Labrador puppy, Tasha, and herself to save lives on the most avalanche-prone slopes in Colorado. Working as a team, they launched dozens of search missions on mountains and in snow and water to rescue the missing or recover the remains of victims of nature and crime. In between missions, Sue learned to care for the sick and injured as a medic on ski patrol, for search and rescue, and at an urgent-care clinic. She moved on from that to establish Crested Butte Outdoor International, an internationally-renowned wilderness medicine training center. She has spoken at dozens of conferences, has taught wildness medicine to everyone from the Secret Service to Sherpa guides in Nepal to some of the most elite search and rescue teams in the world. She’s even consulted for film and television crews and expeditions working in the highest, coldest, and hottest places on earth.
Training with Tasha, going into the field, finding, recovering, rescuing the lost was Sue’s passion. But it was also her situation—she was in many ways as lost as anyone she ever pulled out of an avalanche or found huddling in the dark. In Go Find, readers will discover not only an exploration of what it is to learn to truly communicate with a dog, to learn how to “see” the world through a dog’s nose, but also all the variations of lost that one can experience. Here, they’ll see that “lostness” doesn’t only apply to losing the trail and going off the map in the wilderness. People can get lost in emotion, in a relationship, in a marriage, a business, or a life. Sue was convinced that only happened to other people until Tasha and a life in the field taught her otherwise.
Like Eat, Pray, Love, Go Find delves into the search for purpose and love. Like Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Go Find has a protagonist who—with no experience or training—leaps into the wilderness on a whim that even she doesn’t understand and, there, learns the lessons she needs to survive. And, in the same way that Helen Macdonald reached out to an animal to guide her out of an emotional wilderness in H is for Hawk, Sue—in the moment that she decides to train Tasha for rescue—is throwing herself a lifeline.