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, 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!

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