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.)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Never Stop Looking

The other night was the open house at our daughter's preschool.  They've been having a "Getting to Know You" theme this month, and on the wall was a chart of everyone's family.  It listed moms, dads, siblings, pets . . . and for pets our daughter had listed "two dogs."

I can't pinpoint when she added the imaginary dog to our family, but Princess seems firmly fixed in her mind, and she now tells everyone that Sassafras and Princess are both lost.

With things like this creeping into our family story, the sad things multiplying, that remind us that we cannot keep up an active search forever.  We'll never stop hoping, we'll never stop looking, but we have to think about how to stop searching.


  1. So sweet!
    Maybe "Princess" is the name your daughter's given to the companion who's been sighted w/Sass.

  2. You should think about the effect this search is having on your daughter...

  3. Yes, your daughter might grow up to live a life where hope and faith are not mere words, a life where she fights for what she loves with everything she can, for as long as she can.

  4. Although it is affecting their daughter right now she is learning perseverance and kindness. She may not remember this difficult time in her family's life when she is older but subconsciously and with her parents' stories of hope and courage this hard event in her life will instill in her determination, devotion, true love and a will not to stop hoping finding who you love and helping others who are going through the same thing she went through. This is teaching her outermost kindness and compassion to all living beings who are part of ones family forever.

    Right now their daughter knows Sassafras is lost and in an innocent child's mind she is making Sassafras not feel alone by including imaginary Princess by her side and possibly in her mind the hope that together they will find their way home. We should learn from this child to not stop hoping, stay devoted and lend a helping hand.

    Always in my thoughts and devoted always.

    P.s. Well said Kelly.

  5. Only you two, Jeff and Beth, can know what is best for your family. Whatever you choose, you have already gone above and beyond to try to find your beloved girl. No one could say you didn't love Sass enough.

    My heart hurts for your family, that this nightmare has gone on so long. If I were a praying kind of person, I'd pray for you. I'll be keeping you all in my thoughts.

  6. As other pets are lost (Maggie B., Olivia) and found (Murray), I always think of Sass and hope that she's doing fine and will somehow find you!