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
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