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.)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Temperature Rising - New Effort to Get the Word Out

We've just sent a message to the 100 people who have contacted us by email since the search has begun, asking them to forward the following message:

You may have recently noticed posters for a lost dog in your neighborhood. Sassafras is a 3-year old female beagle-jack russell mix who has been missing since she escaped from her walker on April 8. For two months, there were no confirmed sightings of her. In the last few weeks, however, Sassafras has been spotted and later professionally tracked wandering around American University, Chevy Chase, Bethesda and near Rock Creek Park. She could, however, now be many miles from those areas.

With the temperature rising, her owners are very anxious about finding her and bringing her home soon. If you spot her, please try to snap a picture on your phone (if possible), note her location and contact Beth or Jeff at 202-664-2301 (or email them at

More information about the search is available on their website, , including maps of recent sightings and tracks, more pictures and videos, as well as a post explaining why the owners think Sassafras has been able to survive so long, the plan to catch her, and past efforts to get out the word. A team of volunteers have helped them hang more than 3,000 flyers and pass out as many business cards and their story has been featured in the Washington Post, and in all the local television media. They are super appreciative of all the help and really want to bring their lost dog home.

Sassafras is highly unlikely to come to strangers and will run away if chased. She was 20 pounds when lost and has a few distinctive physical characteristics that set her aside from other lost dogs. Her right side is mostly black (with brown and white) while her left side is mostly white (with black in the middle), her white-tipped tail tends to curl back toward her head, and her head is mostly brown with a white vertical streak and eyebrows, and her ears are shorter and less droopy than the average beagle. See her pictures for a sense of this.


  1. Our great reporter Laura at Chevy Chase Patch already has a story out:

    Search for Lost Beagle Still Active

    Sassafras, who has been missing since April, is still out there, as recent professional trackings confirm.

  2. From Janet:

    Oh I am THRILLED to see that you've had confirmed sightings of your dog! This is the best news! I have thought about you all and your dog from time to time, hoped so badly that she was back home with you but did not have the heart to ask, did not want to twist the knife if the news was not good. Thank you ever so much for including me in this mailing! I am going to check out the link. ... And for sure I will send your email out to my 'rescue' friends, and neighbors - the more people who know, they more people THEY can tell...the ripple effect. I will be praying that it works and that you get her back.

  3. From Carol:

    I have your card right by my kitchen phone in the event that I see Sassafras near my AU Tenley home -- I am always on the lookout, as is my husband. Good luck -- your devotion to your dog is truly touching.

  4. From Linda:

    Did I tell you about the tagged beagle that got lost on Thanksgiving day of 2009 and was finally brave enough let a kind person, who began feeding him, read his tags in March 2010? Nights down below 10o, 20" snows with blowing drifts, etc etc., wonder how many roads he crossed? He was 50 miles away (lost in Perry Co, found in Mifflin Co PA). He was in great shape. No sightings (the owner didn't know where to post signs) for all that time.

    Don't give up (I know you won't). We'd love to see you and her in the news when you are reunited!

    Prayers your way...

  5. From Sheila:

    My heart is breaking for you. I spent an hour yesterday driving around Chevy Chase near Rock Creek just hoping I would get a glimpse of her but nothing. I hope she is staying near the creek and heading out for food at night. We can only continue to hope.

    I will send another email with the information below.

    Thoughts and prayers with you and Sassafras.

  6. From Don:

    It's heartbreaking that you are still looking for your wonderful little dog. I'll be more than happy to send this out. In the meantime, I'm confident that Sassafras is in a safe place and out of this heat. Please keep the faith and don't give up.

  7. shared!! {{{HUGS}}} some home pretty girl.