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, April 24, 2012

An Answer from Prudence

Prudence (aka Emily Yoffe) answered my email asking if she thought the letter writer could possibly be referencing Sassafras.

She tells me that she, unfortunately, has no way of getting in touch with the people who write into the chat, so there is no way to pass on a message.  So, we have to hope that the original letter writer does the right thing, and we (or a family like ours, who is missing a fuzzy member) gets a call very soon.

This, to me, underlines how much our search depends on people in our community.  A child picked up a flyer and brought it to her mother's attention, the mother considered what to do and made an effort to work out her dilemma, Prudence picked the question and answered, someone was kind enough to point me to the chat, volunteers gathered possible email addresses at which to write Prudence, and Prudence wrote back.  None of those people in the chain had to do anything - they gave a little time, exercised a little compassion, and helped get me to a place where I've done what I can.  (Besides firmly crossing my fingers that the phone rings - but that happens every day, all day.)

Things didn't turn out the way I dreamed they would with this - and, believe me, I am always dreaming of happy endings - but I am extremely grateful to all the people who continue to show they care.

EDIT:  A number of people have asked/argued that Prudence must have more information and pressed me to get back in touch with her or allow them to get in touch with her.  Her answer was clear - there is no more information that she can give to us.  Please do not bombard her with messages.  She was kind enough to get back to me, and I appreciate that.  If you read her regularly, then you know she loves dogs, and would be just the kind of person who would help if she could.  Unfortunately, she can't.

More About Dear Prudence

I want to let everyone know that I did write to Dear Prudence/Emily Yoffe with my request that if there was a chance this was Sassafras my plea for information be forwarded to the letter writer.  Even if it wasn't Sassafras, I, of course, still would want this dog reunited with it's original adopting family.

The column, while it runs in the Washington Post, has a national audience, so there is only the very slightest chance it's about Sass.  Do I hope it is about Sassy?  Absolutely.  I would like nothing better than to have our search end with the happiest ending.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Today's Dear Prudence Chat

Someone linked me to the following Q& A from today's Dear Prudence Chat in the Washington Post - when I read something like this, I can't help but wish it's Sassafras, safe somewhere, and that we'll be able to bring her home soon with the community's help.



My neighbor recently adopted a dog with distinctive brown and black markings. Last week my daughter brought home a LOST DOG flyer with a picture of a dog with the exact same distinctive markings. The flyer detailed how much the owners missed their dog. I brought the flyer to my neighbor's attention and told her I believed the dog on the flyer was the dog she adopted. My neighbor curtly told me to mind my own business and snatched the flyer from my hands. Now I'm not sure what to do. I'm 99% certain my neighbor's dog is the lost dog. Should I risk being wrong and ruining my relationship with my neighbor?
You don't have to ruin the relationship with the neighbor. You just have to call the number on the flyer,  give your neighbor's address, and say she recently adopted a dog that looks remarkably like theirs.  You must know what your neighbor's new dog looks like because she's been out and about with it, which means anyone in the neighborhood could have noticed. If the neighbor is contacted by the peopel with the miss dog, then comes to you with accusations, just say you don't want to get in the middle of a dispute she may be having with the owner of the lost dog.
– April 23, 2012 1:10 PM

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

No Miracles

We always hope that after we put in the work, we'll get our miracle.  We have to accept that we might not, every time.

The number of days between her loss and our first confirmed sighting was over 70.  I wish that made it easier to wait, now.

Thank you to everyone who has sent supportive notes - our inbox is full of them, and I am slowing trying to answer you all.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

About 800

About 800 flyers and posters went up today in the neighborhoods where we've gotten most of our positive tracks for Sassafras.

Today's volunteers were wonderful, and their willingness to come out, give up a big part of their day to what is (honestly) pretty tedious work, really helps renew our sense of hope.

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you.

Renewing the Search Today

Last year, a dog walker lost Sassafras, a 4-year old brown/white/black beagle mix. Many sightings of Sassafras were confirmed in the months after she was lost by a trained search and rescue dog but we have not had a confirmed track since December.  

It has been a very mild winter and today we are very fortunate to have an amazing group of supporters who will be out again today posting flyers in neighborhoods where Sassafras was tracked last year, in particular in Chevy Chase and the American University – Tenley campus area. We hope that we will find out that Sass is still out there, and that we can renew our hope that she will be home soon.

Sassafras has ears that are more erect and smaller than a typical beagle. Her right side is mostly black (with brown and white) while her left side is mostly white (with black in the middle). When lost, she weighed about 20 pounds. She is chipped, but likely no longer has her collar. Pictures are attached.

If you spot her, please try to take a cell phone picture (if available) and call immediately: (202) 664-2301. (Email is  She is very skittish so please do not chase!

More pictures, videos, and documentaries are available online at this this blog. A FAQ provides more details.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Today is a day like any other day . . .

Except, of course, it's not.  One year ago today, Sass was lost.  We're trying our best to make it much like any other day, so we don't give it a power over us it shouldn't have.  We took our daughter to the aquarium, and later we'll take her to the park to play.

We have sent a message out to all the people who have volunteered in the past or indicated they'd like to do so.  If you aren't on our list and would like to volunteer, send us a message at, and we'll let you know the broad outlines of our plan so you can figure out if you're able to help.

As always, we are very grateful for all the time people have put in to bring her home.  We couldn't have managed this past year without you.