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.)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Unfortunately, Not Sassafras

This morning's track with Sam and Salsa was negative for Sassafras, sadly.

I met up with the woman who saw the beagle this morning, she showed me the area where she saw the dog, and then I later met with Sam and Salsa.  All the tracks start the same way:  I hand our scent article to Sam, she presents it to Salsa who sniffs it three times.  (At this point, after the first time, Salsa is usually eager to get started - if she could talk, she'd be telling us, "I know this one! Let's go!")  I get the scent article back, seal it up and pack it away.  Then I stay in one spot and let Sam and Salsa do their work.  They will criss-cross the area, searching for scent.  Salsa will look for and find the strongest Sassafras scent - on a negative search, that means she ends up coming back to me, because I am holding the scent article.  (That's why at the beginning of a track I stand still, and while during a track I stay behind Salsa.)

We're disappointed, of course.  We'd really like to bring Sassafras home.  It's hard to think of her not being there for all the family-centered holidays coming up because she's definitely part of ours.

--B.

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