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.)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A little more about plans...

After I put up the new poster yesterday a number of people indicated that they were ready to start flyering again - which is wonderful!

However, after a year of doing this, we know that we just can't put the flyers up without some careful planning.  The obvious planning is figuring out how many we'll need, and what materials (tape, staples, etc.) we'll have to supply to volunteers.

The other consideration for us is whether or not we will be able to respond to sightings and other inquiries.  While you might think it is better to just get them up as fast as possible, we really do have to consider if, during the week or so after they go up, we'll be able to answer the phone, drop things (like work) at a moment's notice, and just be generally available.  If we're going to be tied up in meetings at work, for instance, then we just create an impossible, frustrating situation.

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Poster

Sam created a new poster for us, that will print in a larger format.  This one could be laminated and put up at some of the more traveled intersections:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

We Went on Vacation

We've been quiet lately, and much of our silence was because we took a vacation, saw old friends and visited family.  It was the first real one we've taken since Sass was lost and it will be the last one we take for quite a while.

We are quickly coming up on the anniversary of her loss, and I dread turning over the calendar to see the April date.  We're going to plan a flyering day around the anniversary (but not on the anniversary - April 8th happens to be Easter Sunday) in the hope that someone will spot our signs, spot her and let us know.  After that, we honestly don't know what to do.  We know that our lives have changed (new jobs, different childcare arrangements, etc.) so a search over this Spring/Summer will not be like our search last Spring/Summer.

Not knowing is, unfortunately, why we are searching.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

11 Months Today

Sassafras got away from the dogwalker 11 months ago today.

There have been no confirmed sightings since December 11, which is very discouraging.

On the positive side, there are still people keeping an eye out for her and a couple weeks ago a very nice person called us about a beagle she saw in her yard near Sligo Creek:

I called yesterday about seeing an off-leash beagle behind my house. I'm sorry to say it's for sure not Sassafras. I looked up your website last night and studied her markings in case I saw the dog again.
This morning around 7:30 I saw the same dog in the same area. The tail, though turned up like Sassafras', the white was only at the tip. Also, this dog has mostly black marking on the full length of the back and only white on the paws and front of the nose.
As soon as I got a good look at the dog, I double checked your pictures and could tell right away it was not her.

I read your FAQs and will know if I do see, the dos and don'ts. I really felt for you guys and am happy to see such dedication on your part to find her.

I posted a link to your website on a listserve many members of our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) congregation are on in the Silver Spring/Kensington area. I also re-posted it on the Silver Spring Moms listserve, giving a bit of an update and confirming that the search continues.

All the best in your efforts.