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.)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Q: "But how do you go about actually catching her?"

@Ellen asked: "It seems like you are closing in on her. But how do you go about actually catching her?"

Well, we're hoping for one of two scenarios. In the first, Sassafras' wanderings take her into someone's yard. That someone has seen our signs, recognizes her, is able to keep her in the yard by closing a gate, or bribing her, and calls us to come and get her. She was, actually, in a yard that had a gate a couple of weeks ago, but she was chased out of the yard. It breaks my heart a little every time I think about it. There were flyers up on that street, we'd emailed local listservs - it just didn't happen for her or for us.

The second scenario involves the feeding stations and cameras we have set up. A beagle will never forget where s/he scored food. And now that we've established some broad outlines of Sassafras' territory, we're trying to put her dog food out for her. We hope that the combination of her food and my scent (the lucky homeowners that have agreed to allow us to set up a station on their property also get one of my old maternity t-shirts that I spend a day in - the sweatier the better) will bring her back for more. If we can establish a pattern where she does come back regularly we can set a trap for her. Or, as my dear husband says, "Forget the trap, we'll just set up a tent."

Everyone keep your fingers crossed for Sassafras!

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