This is an impossible post, but it has to be done.
It is with extreme sadness and tears that we write what has been the reality for a few months, that we're suspending the active search for Sassafras. We simply cannot ask all the great volunteers and supporters to continue the search on our behalf. Your amazing support and time has been truly unbelievable and it is impossible to express our appreciation enough.
We will continue to monitor daily emails from Petharbor that features beagles and related breeds brought to local animal shelters, keep the cell phone minutes active, and think of our beloved Sass.
This week, we moved to a new house a few blocks away, and removed these bells from our front door:
When Sass was originally lost, we left the front gates open and these bells on our door. She had been trained to ring them to go in and out. In hopes that she might someday find her way to our house (5 miles from where the dogwalker lost her), we had kept that gate open and bells up, a daily reminder of our hope. Those doors and that gate no longer belong to us. We'll tell the new owners, but reality also needs to be considered.
As with all the changes in our life that should bring only happiness, there is always a bit of sadness for us not to be sharing it with Sassafras.
We'll continue to keep this blog active for awhile and if a miracle occurs, we'll have the biggest welcome home party we can imagine. (Sass still has that chip!)
You don't have to ruin the relationship with the neighbor. You just have to call the number on the flyer, give your neighbor's address, and say she recently adopted a dog that looks remarkably like theirs. You must know what your neighbor's new dog looks like because she's been out and about with it, which means anyone in the neighborhood could have noticed. If the neighbor is contacted by the peopel with the miss dog, then comes to you with accusations, just say you don't want to get in the middle of a dispute she may be having with the owner of the lost dog.