Losing a pet--literally having your pet get lost or left behind--can be a traumatic experience. You can't call Ghostbusters; but you can call pet detective Kat Albrecht. Or else you could buy her book, Pet Tracker: The Amazing Story of Rachel the K-9 Pet Detective. Former police officer Kathy "Kat"; Albrecht is a teacher, lecturer and founder of Missing Pet Partnership. Through her K-9 Pet Trackers, she instructs private investigators, animal lovers, animal industry professionals and K9 search dogs to help recover lost pets in their communities. Albrecht's memoir was first published by Bloomsbury in 2004, and it's now available via Amazon (978 0578157559). Disillusioned by a police career where her dog-tracking techniques and brilliant search dogs rarely got a chance to shine, Kat started training her retired Weimaraner, Rachel, to search for lost animals. Albrecht and her search dogs have appeared on NBC Nightly News, CNN Financial News, EXTRA, To Tell the Truth, Animal Planet's show Must Love Cats, K-9 to Five, Miracle Pets, Dogs with Jobs, Pets: Part of the Family, Breed All About It and in the pages of People Magazine, Parade, Reader's Digest and Woman's World. Her other book is Dog Detectives: Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets.

Kat Albrecht moved from Seattle to Vancouver Island, near Nanaimo, in 2015.

[BCBW 2015]