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, November 28, 2011

"Sassafras, where are you?"

That quotation is from our 2 year old daughter, who surprised us with it over the Thanksgiving holiday.  We were at her Grandparents' house, and they often took care of Sass for us when we went away.  The first time we went to their house after Sass' loss, our daughter wondered where she was (because she expected us to be picking Sass up), and K is apparently still looking for her there.  We keep K away from the search as much as we possibly can, because there is no real way to explain it to her.  We make flyers while she is sleeping, only one of us works to hang those flyers at a time, etc.  But she still knows something is wrong, and when she see's a picture of Sassafras, she will also tell you that, "Sassafras is a good puppy dog."

We have a picture, taken at a previous Thanksgiving, of Sass and the other family dogs all with their heads down licking the same gravy pan.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Today we are thankful for all the volunteers, well-wishers and supportive people who have helped us in the search for Sassafras.

We truly wish you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving, and we are comforted to know that so many people are wishing for our family to be able to bring Sassafras home.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thankful for a responsible parent

Sadly, we still frequently receive persistent crank calls from kids claiming to have found Sassafras. Today, a parent called back apologizing for their child's behavior. It's a small thing, but much appreciated.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Check of Chevy Chase Circle with Sam and Salsa

We asked Sam and Salsa to come check Chevy Chase Circle for us today, hoping that it was still an active enough site for Sassafras that Salsa could pick up a scent there.  Unfortunately, in three loops around the circle, Salsa didn't find any trace of Sassafras.

Sam was quick to point out that we've been having the coldest weather Sass has faced, and that the Circle is open and paved, making it a cold spot -- and thus sort of unattractive to a dog trying to stay warm.  It's possible that the cold will limit Sass' roaming a bit, if she's found a warm place to den for a bit (although it is unlikely to change her overwhelming pattern of movin' on all the time).

Sam, after finishing at the Circle with us, was on her way to check on a sighting of Olivia - so we really hope Salsa was able to confirm that sighting.

A bunch of volunteers took flyers today, and we're re-flyering and updating in the Chevy Chase neighborhoods where Sassafras gets spotted the most in addition to the eastern side of Rock Creek Park.  Thank-you!

Please keep thinking good thoughts - this would definitely be a week we'd be thankful to have our Sassy girl back home with us.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bayla is home!

Bayla, a beagle mix who was lost for 45 days is now back home!  We're so happy for Bayla and her humans!

Hearing about happy endings is always a good thing, and keeps us hoping that Sassafras' story will have a happy ending, too.

Sassafras has been on her own for 221 days.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Beagles Howling in the Distance and other Rock Creek Activity Today

Received a call today at 3:30 PM that a person heard a beagle howling and running loose in the distance near Oregon and Washington (NW DC). Not a ton we could do with that lead because it didn't include an actual sighting, but the caller said that she had talked with us months ago... Always nice to hear folks are keeping an eye out for us after all these months.

Speaking of which, the DCBeagles club ( has been helping to keep awareness of Sassafras going. Super leader Alexis has volunteered for us in a number of times to do online activity and on-the-ground flyering. Although she couldn't go on today's hike in Rock Creek Park, she helped us get in touch with today's leader - Liz - and we were able to meet up with them and pass out Sassafras business cards... Extra thanks!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Possible (but unlikely) sighting - Rock Creek Park / Quebec Street NW

Our amazing volunteer Jen emailed about someone who approached her with a possible sighting earlier this week on Quebec Street NW coming out of Rock Creek Park. Certain details make us think it's not Sassafras, but Jen's efforts to find out are super appreciated. (See below the break.)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Fox 5 News - Last Night

Today marks 7 months since Sassafras went missing. Last night, Fox 5 did a follow up story on our search, featuring members of the "general public" who understand that we cannot give up on bringing our missing family member home.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Olivia, Bayla, Bogey and the other lost dogs.

This past week marked the one year anniversary of Olivia's being lost in DC.  Olivia is sort of special for us because the first weekend Sass was lost, one of our volunteers met Olivia's human (Laura) while hanging flyers.  Laura set up this blog, and our email account before we ever knew we'd need them.  She gave us invaluable help and support those first few weeks.

Bogey and Bayla are still waiting to be found, too.  Whenever Jeff and I have been lucky enough to get some press coverage we try to mention other lost dogs and owners who need help just as much as we do, but those stories often don't make it to the page or the TV.

I know Laura needs help this weekend.  If you're in the DC metro area, and have some time to donate I know she'd appreciate it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Local Gazette Picks Up the Sassafras Story

The weekly paper has a story of Sass this week.  We hope, as always, that this will mean the right person will have her picture and our phone number at the right time.

Thank you to Lisa and Debra, who also spoke to the reporter and thus helped get this story from idea to actual print!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Technical Expertise Needed - Webcams to look for Sassafras?

Back in July, we received the good suggestion below to set up webcams to aid in the search for Sassafras. We're now looking for someone to email us if they have advanced expertise to tell us whether it's possible to (and how to):

1) set up a battery-powered webcam
2) get it hooked up to a network when it's operating remotely
3) have it monitored (live, or capturing the images so they can be reviewed later)

Why are we asking this? We're trying to figure out if we can set up a monitoring station at Chevy Chase Circle, where we think Sass might be going for water. This involves us getting permission from multiple authorities and we are making progress (and are happy to report that the chief of police in Chevy Chase Village is willing to help). What we don't know is whether a webcam might be a good solution, instead of our current cameras (which require someone to come out and manually check them). Some of the problems we anticipate with a webcam at the Circle are keeping it powered, hooking it up to the internet, and making sure that if Sass appears that someone sees it (a particular concern if she comes by at 3AM and nobody is online watching).

Here's that note from July:
Have a suggestion for setting up a live webcam for finding Sassafras.   Is there any way you could find a few homeowners or sympathetic business owners who would not mind having a streaming internet webcam setup on their windows?  It would only cost them some (small amount of) bandwidth on their internet connection, which you could compensate them for, if they asked for it.

You can get inexpensive webcams with a built-in webserver (no computer required) from anywhere from $40 and up.  You can have the cam running a live feed 24x7.  People on the internet can log into these cams and watch for your dog 24x7.  Since it's real time, you can act on any sighting much faster.

I have setup these myself.  They're not hard to do.   All you need is someone willing to put these security cams on their windows/doors and allow you to use their internet connections.
Many thanks!