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.)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

National Building Museum Photography Display

One of our volunteers sent the following picture (of a photograph) that was recently hanging in the National Building Museum's exhibition Investigating Where We Live.  We are members of the museum, and often take our daughter their (she loves the Building Zone and Lego Architecture), but we never saw this ourselves.

That is one of our very first flyers, posted in the long stretch of 70+ days when we had no sightings of her and didn't know she had found a way to survive.  We posted hundreds of these in the alleys of Adams Morgan, Mt. Pleasant, Cleveland Park, etc., thinking she might be hiding and eating back there somewhere.  

So sad to think she's still out there, just beyond our reach.

On a more positive note, this volunteer and another were scouting a neighborhood in which we hope to put up a feeding station/camera, and they knocked at a house to talk to the owners . . . and one of the owners turned out to be someone who Jeff went to school with in California.  It feels a little like the Universe is trying to give us a break here, and we're so grateful.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Dog Days of Summer

It's hot here (close to 100 degrees) and a cold front is going to come through this afternoon that will bring some thunderstorms (and the temp down to 88 tomorrow).  I picture Sass just lying in the creek, keeping cool.

The other day I wore a dress that I hadn't had out of the closet since last summer, and while I was turned up-side-down drying my hair I saw what could only be a hair from Sassafras on the tile floor, which must have come off the dress.  It's amazing how unsettling something like that can be during an otherwise normal (and we work hard to make them normal) day.  The straw that broke the camel's back suddenly became very real as the dog hair that broke me.  Cue tears.

We've had a camera up for weeks now, that John has been taking care of, but Sass has not appeared.  Another volunteer, Martha, has another spot in mind for a camera/feeding station, if we can get permission.  She's also like to spend some time there cooking good smelling things, and being generally available.  Amazing.  I wrestle with lots of emotions when people do so much for us - there is gratitude, but also guilt that I cannot do these things and that I must not be the good dog owner I think I am if I am not able to make these things happen on my own.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

No News for Us, but Two Dogs Home Safe

Yesterday I took my daughter to the playground.  There were at least a dozen adults there with kids running around . . . and one loose dog.  No one seemed to be paying much attention to the dog, and I asked a few people if they knew who he belonged to - I got shrugs until a little girl told me the dog was lost, and a man had come through the park looking for him "a while ago."  I caught the dog, called the telephone number on the tags, and he was back with his owner about 10 minutes later.

I felt like screaming the tag line from those ads on Metro:  If you see something (a lost dog) say something!

A little bit of insight into humanity, and why it can be so hard for us to believe that when we know Sass has walked down a busy streets we get so few sightings.

The other difficulty is that I had to negotiate this in front of my daughter, who is three.  She knows Sass is lost, and we are looking for her, but she can't quite wrap her head around the fact that we *can't* find her.  We're the adults; we're supposed to be able to make things right.

On a happier note, on Tuesday our babysitter called to say she had to cancel because her dog was lost after someone left a gate open at her house.  She called back last night to say the dog was home, a little worse for wear, but she'll be okay.

So, two dogs back to their owners in two days.  I hope our turn comes.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Rain, More Rain, Outside, in My Head

We've been traveling and busy, and trying to keep up.  The DC area has started a Summer weather pattern of hot, muggy days and late afternoon thuderstorms - there's one pounding outside right now.  There's so many reasons to hate this - hot weather is probably hard on our girl, thunderstorms also hard, and scary, too.  Our posted flyers get ripped down by mother nature, not just grumpy neighbors.

We have had no confirmed sightings, although the phone has rung a few times with some unlikely ones.  They truly are unlikely, or we would follow up.

We had dinner with L. and Sam (the tracker) the other night to catch up, check in, and just sit with people who know our frustration and our sadness.  One of the reasons there have been no blog updates is because of false starts I make writing a post - the entries all seem to repeat what I've written before.

We want our Sassy girl home.  We are trying to bring her home.  Whatever we try never seems like enough because it doesn't seem we are any closer to bringing her home.  We keep trying.