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, January 21, 2012

Snow's Not So Beautiful This Time

I grew up where snow was rare, so always looked forward to it. Although I have lived in snowy areas for years, I still welcome it whenever it comes... normally. As with many things the past 9 months, things just aren't as beautiful as they could be because Sass is missing. My memories are of Sass loving the snow (see video just uploaded to the Facebook page). I sure hope she is safe.   --Jeff

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

From the Archives (1978 that is)

Well-wisher Donna sent in this find about a beagle that survived a cold winter in Winnipeg in 1978. That weather must have been much worse than we have here in DC, but we still have a tough time thinking about Sass out there. It's reason for hope nonetheless.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Quiet Now, Possible Resource for Next Time - Lost Pet Text

Things have been very quiet of late. Except for one scam phone call and a couple people asking about an update, there is unfortunately not much to report. We are still trying to figure out winter camera/trap possibilities and thank the 10 volunteers involved in that discussion. The county has not responded to our request for clarity on whether we can put up anything along Georgetown Branch trail by the Columbia Country Club (although Congressman Van Hollen's office has been very helpful).

And someone texted in this resource, which may be of help with future sightings: Lost Pet Text an app that sends text messages to folks within a certain phone area...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

9 Months Lost - Some Amazing People

Sassafras got away from the dog walker 9 months ago today. Within the 92,555 page views, 218 blog posts, 311 Facebook friends, 2407 emails, many media stories, and some amazing volunteers and well wishers, there is this recent email that is heartfelt and heartbreaking:
Received: January 3
Subject: well wishes to Sassafras and her people
From: xxx
Probably the last thing you need is to read another email that offers no new information about Sassafras but I just wanted you to know that my five year old daughter and I have thought about Sassafras almost every day since we first saw a poster of her in our E. Bethesda neighborhood in early summer. Today as we walked our own dog to my daughter’s pre-school (where someone placed a sassafras poster on the school bulletin board a few weeks ago) and talked about how cold it was and how Sassafras might be managing, we both started crying and we talked about how frustrating it was that she had come so far, was so much closer to home, but just couldn’t get there…. And then we thought how your family must feel every day. My daughter asked me to write to you (call you actually) and tell you she hopes you’re not feeling too sad because she knows, now that it’s gotten colder, that Sassafras will be home with you soon.    
You are an inspiration to all dog parents and we wait to hear the good news that we know will come. Just wanted you to know that there must be many, like us, who are sending good thoughts and good Karma Sassafas’ way.  If there is anything we can do, we’re ready to help.  
Happy New Year.  
The xxx-xxx family 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Our Congressmember, Chris Van Hollen, Is on the Case

A little before winter break we asked our Congressmember Chris Van Hollen for assistance because we can't get answers from the multiple state and federal agencies involved*, primarily about placing cameras and traps. He's promised to look into it.

* For example, to place a camera or trap in Chevy Chase circle, you need permission from the National Park Service (and they have not responded to our request)... but the local Chevy Chase Village police have offered to help (which is much appreciated). And to do something along the section of the Georgetown Branch trail we need to target (that cuts through Columbia Country Club), we get the runaround from Montgomery County.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Exploring Winter Trap Monitoring - Email us to be added to discussion

Since we decided that we would not place a trap in the cold weather, a number of people have asked us about whether there is a way to overcome the hurdles and encouraged us to do so. We appreciate all the well wishes and encouragement, and are trying to figure this out. We are now seeking individuals to join in an email conversation to discuss this, and then decide whether the technical and human needs can be met. If you'd like to join in that conversation, email us at and we'll start the conversation soon. More details below.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Winter trapping and latest John Kelly column

We've entered sadly into 2012 without Sassafras and are still very thankful for everyone's help and well wishes. Our decision not to trap in the winter has led to a number of calls and emails asking us to reconsider. We'll send a more complete explanation of our decision and the difficulties soon.

John Kelly of the Washington Post has an update today on this topic at the end of his latest column. Three people around the Columbia Country Club saw his December post and contacted us to say they'd be willing to have traps set in their yards (which border the club, but not the particular path where Sass was tracked about 3 weeks ago). Amazing!