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.)

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.


  1. Go to the creek. Yes, she must be there cooling off. Are you far? Can a volunteer go. I wish I was there! I would help everyday. If you think she's at the creek then go. If you want me to check the cameras if possible by Internet then please ask me.

  2. I feel very sorry that you've lost your dog, but at this point more than a year later it's time to take down your posters. I read on your blog last year that you were planning on taking down the posters once the ordeal was over and were thanking people for putting up with them, despite how unsightly they were. Please spend some time to remove the posters that you have put up. The community has been very supportive of you, which I think is great, now please be supportive of the community by cleaning it up. Thanks very much

    1. Lounging: Seriously, what's the point in being impatient, mean-spirited and selfish? If the rest of us with good hearts - and sincere hope and belief that Sass will come home - are able to support just this one devoted family in their search for their beloved pet, then you can too! C'mon!

  3. @Loungin02: When it is over, we'll keep our promise to remove the posters - it will be a pleasure. But we know she's still alive and still returning to the same neighborhoods, so we won't give up on trying to bring her home and get her off the streets.

    1. Yes! You're wonderful parents. You're doing the right thing. Celine: It's so heartening to know that even at a distance, good people can show compassion and give support to others. And Martha, grilling yummy eats to entice Sassy? I'm in!

  4. Thank you Maggie and Maxs Mama. How I wish I was there! So badly. I would be out in neighborhoods searching and although I have not rescued 100's or 1000's I have a few and maybe I have the knack for it. I know Sass is quick on her feet but she may now accept more a lending hand and of course food. Hopefully she is slowing down and will stay put and be easier to catch.

    Don't give up on your search and I am glad you are not being discouraged by comments like the one from Loungin02. Yes come on Loungin! There are many supporting people there but I have never seen in my area of Ontario/Québec Canada people sending bad comments of just posters. We have a group email in our neighborhood website and I have never read a bad comment about posters put up. We still have posters from a long time that are ripping up but people keep them there out of respect for the pet parents and they still want to help.

    So please people, they are just posters! Why is it bothering you?! There are worst things in the world to complain about and the least you could do is have a heart and feel something when you see a poster of a lost pet for no matter long it has been up.

    Picture this your pet, your loved one. Pet parents need help because dogs roam all over so of course neighbors should keep an eye out. It's the neighborly thing to do! With so many bad things going on in this world, I would think doing something good for someone like Sassafras' devoted family would make your heart feel warm. Do your good deed of the day for everyday. You will feel better about yourself instead of complaining.

    Sassafras has been seen, she is alive so there is no giving up from loving people!!

    Again if you want my help of whatever I can do from afar please don't hesitate to ask me.

    I pray every night for Sass (believe me). I am not a religious person but for lost pets or what people need have done that is good then I want to feel there is a strong power looking over and giving us strength and giving Sass hope in finding her way home.

    I am not giving up! And Loungin02 please take the time in reading successful rescue stories. Some of them dogs have been gone way over a year and found and returned to their family. Yes, family! A pet is part of your family. Not a couch you can return and replace.

    All the best to Sassafras family. Be strong! We are strong for you!
    Much love,

  5. They just had a sighting recently of Sassafras! Would you give up on finding a family member especially when finding them is within reach? Those signs are bringing the community together. That at least is the silver lining to not reuniting this family.

  6. Shocking how cruel and selfish people can be. There is trash all over the streets and someone complains about the picture of a cute beagle? Quite unbelievable to me.

  7. Recent numbers show that 63% of US households own a pet - that's 71.1 million homes and families with dogs, cats, iguanas, parakeets, fish, ferrets, potbellied pigs, etc, etc., Taking care of a pet is tougher than taking care of an infant, since our pets can't speak. Hence, making sure your pet is safe and happy when you leave it alone at home should be a priority for all pet owners. One of the simplest ways of watching over a pet remotely is by using some sort of webcam software like GotoCamera that is easily available online these days. Thanks to technology and some very smart people who are working on making things easier for us, you can now use your basic webcam to monitor your pets while you're away from them.