Most Recent Possible Sightings

Confirmed Sighting: May 9 2012, north Chevy Chase. [2011]December 11, neighborhood outside Colombia Country Club. October 20, Colombia Country Club. September 14, Candy Cane City and into Rock Creek Park. September 7 or 8, Brookville and Shepherd in Chevy Chase, and then back south on Connecticut to Chevy Chase circle (where she is getting water, we believe). August 28th, on Thornapple in Chevy Chase, and then headed south on Connecticut!

(For other sightings, see archive at the bottom of the page.)

Monday, September 30, 2013

Possible Sighting? Behind Fire Station in Chevy Chase behind Connecticut and Dunlop

Sara called at 1:45 today saying she saw a beagle at about 1:35PM barking and running behind the fire station at Connecticut and Dunlop in Chevy Chase. This is consistent with sightings in the past, but it's been at least a year since we've had a successful track. What Sara described was not detailed enough to confirm nor deny it was Sassafras, so we've asked her to continue to keep her eye out and try to capture a picture.

Anyone in that neighborhood, we ask to please do the same.

From our FAQ:  Q: What should I do if I see her?

Snap a picture on your phone/camera if you have one. Make a mental note of what you see (dog size and coloring, especially face and tail) and exact location. Then immediately call us (and email us later). Call us anytime! Calling her name or chasing her is very unlikely to work; it will just scare her and she’ll be off again.

Please don't chase her, or try to grab her. She's wicked fast, and she'll run away. She won't take a treat from a stranger's hand, so you will not be able to grab her. (Trust us! We know our dog!)

If she's in a yard where you can keep her contained, please do so. It might mean closing a gate, or tossing her something to eat from afar. Then call us ASAP!

The only possible way she might - and this is a big might - approach a person is if you take the least defensive posture possible for a human to take. That means you don't look at her, you lie down flat, and you make soft noises. She might - big might - might just come close to investigate.

Some more advice:

  • She is very skittish, so please ignore her and call us immediately 
  • Please don't talk to her, yell at her or call her 
  • Don't stare at her or clap your hands
  • Don't follow her
  • Any attention will only make her more afraid. Call us so we can help her.

Website is back

www.findsassafras.net is now in working again. (The www is needed at the beginning.)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Crowdsourcing some help to keep this site . . .

We recently got the following email:


Despite all our efforts, everything we try ends with this:


We've tried following advice such as this without success: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#%21topic/apps/9LXQau2yQzo

If anyone has any other advice, we'd love to hear it, because we don't want to lose our domain name!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Still Thinking About Sass

While we have not been active on the blog or Facebook, we think about Sass all the time.  Many of you may have seen the story recent about the red panda at the National Zoo that went missing from his enclosure.  He was found in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC the next day, when someone called after having spotted him under a bush.  (The National Zoo's page on Rusty is here.)  Sass first went missing in Adams Morgan, and headed for the Zoo (which is a part of Rock Creek Park), and I did hope/wonder if the Zoo asking for all those people to keep an eye out might turn up a sighting of Sass.

There will always be hope.

--Beth

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Short Update

I know that some of you are wondering what happened with the possible sighting we had a couple of weeks ago.

First, let me say that the universe has terrible timing.  In this case, when the possible sighting arose we were in The Netherlands.  So, if you were wondering why we didn't jump, get out there, answer all the emails, etc., it was because we were 3,000 miles away.  In any case, the people who purported to see her never followed up with us, so that sighting was as solid as smoke.

We did, however, get a call the other day that lead us to call in Sam to do a track.  A woman in Sass' favorite Chevy Chase neighborhood called to say two beagles were running around her back yard, and while she couldn't get a picture, or close a gate, or any of the other actions at the top of our wish list, she was able to offer us the opportunity to bring Sam in and point to exactly where the dogs were - if Sass was there, then this was a great chance to try to pick up her scent.  We've heard off and on about two beagles running together, and we know of at least one instance where it was Sass.

Unfortunately, there was no Sass scent.  We did however, get a chance to reconnect with Sam, and with L., who we hadn't talked to in quite a while, and for that we are grateful.  Those two understand our search, and understand us after so many hours of following our Sassy girl's path.  They are old (new) friends.

We still miss Sass, and our daughter still asks when she's coming home.  To borrow from the Dixie Chicks:  They say time heals, but I'm still waiting.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A New Sighting?

Yvonne forwarded us a message through Facebook about a dog spotted at E. Beach Drive NW & Verbena St. NW..  We are trying to contact the people who saw the dog, and see if this could be our Sass.

Many thanks, Yvonne!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Suspending the Active Search

This is an impossible post, but it has to be done.

It is with extreme sadness and tears that we write what has been the reality for a few months, that we're suspending the active search for Sassafras. We simply cannot ask all the great volunteers and supporters to continue the search on our behalf. Your amazing support and time has been truly unbelievable and it is impossible to express our appreciation enough.

We will continue to monitor daily emails from Petharbor that features beagles and related breeds brought to local animal shelters, keep the cell phone minutes active, and think of our beloved Sass.

This week, we moved to a new house a few blocks away, and removed these bells from our front door:


When Sass was originally lost, we left the front gates open and these bells on our door. She had been trained to ring them to go in and out. In hopes that she might someday find her way to our house (5 miles from where the dogwalker lost her), we had kept that gate open and bells up, a daily reminder of our hope. Those doors and that gate no longer belong to us. We'll tell the new owners, but reality also needs to be considered.

As with all the changes in our life that should bring only happiness, there is always a bit of sadness for us not to be sharing it with Sassafras.

We'll continue to keep this blog active for awhile and if a miracle occurs, we'll have the biggest welcome home party we can imagine. (Sass still has that chip!)