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.)

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


  1. This sounds very hopeful. Any way you can get the contact info for the writer and/or the neighbor?

  2. I suggest you write to the Dear Prudence Chat from the paper pleading to this person to contact you about the neighbor who might have your Sassafras! This person who knows about this dog might be looking at the Prudence Chat for guidance and/or your own plea to help you reunite Sassafras to you. They wrote to it so they might check back for replies.

    Please, I hope this is Sassafras!!! My heart jumped in my throat as I was reading this! It does happen that people claim dogs to be their own.

    To the person who wrote to Dear Prudence Chat, if you are reading findsassafras ' blog please know that you would be doing the best deed of your life if you help these wonderful folks get their beloved pet Sassafras back in their loving arms where she does indeed belong. Do not let a relationship with a neighbor get in the way of doing the right thing. This person will know in the longrun that it is for the best to return Sassafras to her home where she was chosen as a pup and loved always by Jeff and Beth. They miss her dearly. A pet is a family member.

    My heart goes out to you. I hope with all my heart that Sassafras is returned to you. All the best and please do not give up.

  3. Do you give permission to people to plea to this person on Twitter and/or Facebook?

    A cat that was stolen from a clinic here where I live was returned because many people believe the people who had him felt so guilty because it was on the news and so many people wrote in to ask for the cat's return.

    This person is reluctant because of her relationship with her neighbor. This person needs reassurance.

  4. I have been following your story (I have a beagle and can't imagine what it would be like to lose her!) and I hope this is Sassafras! It would explain why she hasn't been seen around since December... I would do anything to find out who the neighbor is and where she lives. Good luck!