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.)

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Mills of God Grind Slowly

While we have been trying to get the camera to work, we've also been trying to advance the conversation with the County and National Parks people, with the help of Congressman Chris Van Hollen's office (see this earlier post).  As always, things get bogged down with the question of jurisdiction - who gets to say whether or not we can put a trap out?

I talked to our contact in the Congressman's office today, and I'm glad to say that things do appear to be moving forward on this.  We aren't there, yet, but people are trying to make it happen.  There are important reasons for trying to get the County & National Parks to cooperate with us rather than just deploying a trap, such as the fact that we won't face huge fines and have a defense against the complaints we'll get (and we will get them - they are as much a part of the regular calls and correspondence we get as all the wonderful people who express their support).

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Camera

The new camera arrived, and Jeff has been trying to make it work.  He's gotten it to email a picture once, but not again, and we haven't figured out why.  We're working on it, but it doesn't make for very interesting blog posts.

I had to go to a funeral this week for someone who died way too young, and as I was giving his widow a hug she told me that she knew he was now looking for Sass.  And then I cried.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Unconditional Love

Let your furry friends know how much you love them today!

We wish we could give Sass a scritch and tell her she's our best puppy girl.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Jon Asked, on our Facebook Page . . .

Q:   i am sorry for your lost dog. there are so many dogs that need homes, maybe you should rescue another while you look.

We get asked some form of this question regularly.  Sometimes people even call the Sass phone to ask if we want to adopt a dog they have that they can no longer keep.  It's always difficult for us to thank them for thinking of trusting us to take good care of their pet, but we have to tell them no.

For us, it's not the right time.  I have no doubt that there will be a moment when we are ready to bring home another dog (and it will be from a rescue or a shelter), because I've never imagined our home without one.

It's pretty simple, really.  Even though Sassafras isn't with us, we still feel like we have a dog, and she needs a lot of our attention and our help right now.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Phone, The Phone is Ringing, There's an Animal in Trouble Somewhere

My toddler daughter likes to watch Wonder Pets in the morning while I get us ready for the day.  The theme song is frequently an earworm for me.

I have a complicated emotional relationship with the Sass-phone.  It is very important, and we keep it close to us at all times.  The necessity of that, however, and the length of time we've had to carry it  makes it something of a burden.  There are days when we have to put it away for a short time, and there's guilt when that happens.  Today, for instance, I have a class to teach, and I won't be there if it rings.

I want it to ring so very much - but when it does ring my adrenaline and anxiety soar.  Every call might be the one that reunites us with Sass, but every time it rings, I don't know if it will be the mean crank caller, the angry person who hates the flyers in their neighborhood, the kindhearted soul who wants to wish us well, or someone with a solid lead.

Even when it rings with a possible sighting, we are sometimes unable to get there - our jobs are 30 minutes or more from where she's most often sighted and we can't always leave them at a moment's notice, we've had calls in the middle of the night when one of us is traveling (do we wake up the baby?).  When we have rushed out and do get there, Sass has moved on.

Each and every call we've had, no matter how grateful we are to have gotten it because it has proved she's alive and still out there waiting to be found, still adds a bit of disappointment to our emotional mix, because we haven't found her.

But I keep the phone close, and wait for good news.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

10 Months

Sass has been on the run for 10 long months.  These anniversaries don't get easier for us.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Stand Up Guy

Last night while I was having dinner with my daughter the Sass-phone rang.  The connection wasn't great, and I was trying to keep my daughter from overhearing everything, but I heard a man on the line tell me that he'd hit a beagle with his car.  My defenses went up immediately - when someone says something like that, it is almost certainly another crank call from someone who sees our flyer and the opportunity to inflict pain.

I was wrong.

He told me he'd hit the dog, taken it to a vet, and it had been transferred to animal control.  He gave me the ID number for the dog, and told me that he'd searched craigslist and found the post about Sassafras.  He didn't know if it was her - he'd been racing to the vet - but he wanted us to know, and to be able to check.  He'd called animal control and been told the dog was doing well after surgery.

He obviously cared.

So, my apologies to last night's caller.  I doubted you in those first few moments, but you proved yourself to be a good human being, and I thank you.

Unfortunately, this isn't our Sass, but I hope she makes it home soon.

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Call this Morning

We just got a call from Kathy, who thought she saw our Sassy girl near Candy Cane park, and who still had eyes on her.  She was trying to take a picture to text to me when she met a frantic owner, trying to find her dog.  So, while the dog was not Sass, we are grateful to Kathy for calling, letting us know that the signs are still working and the community is still watching.

You have no idea how much that means to us.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


The past few days in Washington have been very mild - weather often gets to my nerves and my imagination, so this has kept some of the thoughts in my head quiet.  Every day I imagine all the dangers Sass might be facing, but when the weather gets bad it's worse.

During the terrible Snowpocalypse and Snowmaggedon week we had a couple of years ago, Jeff was in Vienna and I was trapped in the house with an infant and Sassafras.  When our daughter would fall asleep I'd run outside with the baby monitor in my pocket to clear a path and patch so Sass could pee.  Our Sass has always been very energetic and I really worried about having her cooped up for so long, but she sensed the impossibility of getting her to the dog park and was calm the whole week.

Every night, I have to let her go.  That is, I have to somehow make peace with the fact that she has been lost, that she may be lost forever, and there is nothing else I can do.  Because somehow, I have to sleep.  I have to get up the next morning and make the day a good one for my family or we've lost so much more than Sassafras.