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.)

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.


  1. I say you follow your gut, follow your feelings. You feel guilty about not having your phone with you at all times, then you keep it with you at all times. Sass will appreciate the sacrifices you are doing for her when she will be found and she will. Continue to have hope, ask special permission from work to leave, it's not like you would do it everyday. I'm sure they would understand. Bundle your baby and go out there when the call for Sass sighting is serious. And don't give one second thought or time to those cruel callers or the haters. They don't have an ounce of compassion. You do right by Sassafras and stand your ground to these awful people. I know it is such an emotional time. I'm sorry for being blunt. I'm not a quiter on animals and there are so many that do quit the search and their pets may never be found. I know you are not these people. I saw your devotion on Anderson and in the news. There is nothing wrong with trying hard and alot of people are by your side. If you need to hire someone to be there when the call comes in please don't hesitate to ask for funds. I will send it to you in a heartbeat.

    I am just trying to encourage you. People look up to your devotion to your Sass girl. Don't forget that. We will support you. I wish I lived in Washington! Keep that phone near and don't give up. Not for your supporters but for your Sassafras. She will be found. Best wishes always.

  2. ...And remember: You can always call on those of us who have more flexibility and can can respond to a call quickly - anytime, day or night.