Detector Dog Elise and her handler, Steve Kelleher, were the only drug detection unit in Tasmania. Working for Customs, Tasmania Police, Federal Police and the Tasmanian Corrections Service, they hunted down marijuana stashes, caches of amphetamines and were instrumental in smashing an international Mafia drug ring. Tackling bikie gangs, hardened criminals and hazardous shipto- shore transfers were all in a day’s work for Elise and Steve. Their expertise took them all over Tasmania, to the mainland states and even into the South Pacific. Elise’s keen sense of smell and Steve’s ability to interpret her behaviour led to the seizure of millions of dollars in contraband. Ever wondered how the serious business of busting drug traffickers works? Find out in The Last Dog on the Island – it’s an addictive read.
Steve Kelleher worked as an Australian Customs Dog handler for 16 years, including 6 years in Tasmania. He believes that working with dogs is preferable to working with people. He has travelled extensively and studied nature conservation while attempting to become a park ranger. Steve has an appetite for good stories and believes that a journey isn’t over until the stories of it have been written . Work is a long and often overlooked journey that most people have little to show for, so he has taken care to write his adventures down. Steve still lives in and loves Hobart.