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READING: 14 MARCH 2017

How an incredible dog became Tasmania’s border-protection hero

The Last Dog on the Island is a memoir tracking the author’s return to handling dogs for Customs after a 10-year break and a failed career change.

The Customs Dog unit in Tasmania held the unusual position of being the drug-detector dog unit for all the Federal and State Law Enforcement agencies on the island.

The story develops as Kelleher finds his niche in Tasmania, suited to his independence, life experiences and interpersonal management skills.

As a true crime story, the author reveals how he experienced the island state of Tasmania through the filter of policing, encountering many instances of human conflict and criminality but with the viewpoint of an outsider.

Tasmania itself is a character, revealed through its obscure histories, contradictions and irreverence.

The Last Dog on the Island provides an interesting look into the training and everyday life of a front line customs dog.

Based on media release issued by New Holland (http://au.newhollandpublishers.com).

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Last Dog on the Island, by Steve Kelleher

New Holland | 224pp paperback | $29.99