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, November 28, 2012

Suspending the Active Search

This is an impossible post, but it has to be done.

It is with extreme sadness and tears that we write what has been the reality for a few months, that we're suspending the active search for Sassafras. We simply cannot ask all the great volunteers and supporters to continue the search on our behalf. Your amazing support and time has been truly unbelievable and it is impossible to express our appreciation enough.

We will continue to monitor daily emails from Petharbor that features beagles and related breeds brought to local animal shelters, keep the cell phone minutes active, and think of our beloved Sass.

This week, we moved to a new house a few blocks away, and removed these bells from our front door:


When Sass was originally lost, we left the front gates open and these bells on our door. She had been trained to ring them to go in and out. In hopes that she might someday find her way to our house (5 miles from where the dogwalker lost her), we had kept that gate open and bells up, a daily reminder of our hope. Those doors and that gate no longer belong to us. We'll tell the new owners, but reality also needs to be considered.

As with all the changes in our life that should bring only happiness, there is always a bit of sadness for us not to be sharing it with Sassafras.

We'll continue to keep this blog active for awhile and if a miracle occurs, we'll have the biggest welcome home party we can imagine. (Sass still has that chip!)

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  1. I'm sorry. Miracles happen, though! Best wishes in your new home.

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    1. We will keep hoping for our miracle, and that Sass comes back to us.

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  2. I'm so sorry, guys... You have a lot of admirers for keeping up hope and spirits for so long. You're also brave for moving on.

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    1. Thanks, Kerstin. We really can't say enough how much we appreciate all you've done (since that first, terrible day).

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  3. Beth and Jeff:
    My heart sank when I saw the subject of your message. But, of course, it's understandable that you need to move on. And, suspending the active search does not mean giving up. As I'm sure many of your volunteers will do, I'll continue to keep an eye out for Sass, and to hope that your beloved girl is happy and thriving - perhaps in a new home!

    Please do keep Sass's blog open. The search for your lost beagle has raised awareness and inspired many to reach out and help other families in their search for their beloved dogs. This blog is such a valued line of communication about Sass. And, it's become a valuable forum in which we can learn about other families' searches so we can pass the info on and perhaps help in their search. In a cool way, this blog keeps Sass's spirit alive: she's helping other lost pooches find their way home to their beloved families!

    I wish you the best in *your* new home!

    Pam Carpousis

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    1. As you say, we are not giving up. We'll keep up with the blog and the FB page.

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    2. I'm really glad to hear that.
      I still have Sass's photo posted in my car window!

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  4. I wish you all the best. I can't even begin to express how deeply this has touched me, a total stranger. Sassafras' loss and your incredible hope, efforts and commitment to her is one of the most awesome testaments of love and devotion that I've ever witnessed. You embody the qualities that can change the world for the better. The bells coming down breaks my heart and I can only imagine how you felt having to make that decision. Yes, it's reality but oh, so sad. God speed and live your lives with the knowledge that you made a difference in so many other lives.

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    1. Thanks, Julia. We've been incredibly touched by people like yourself, who have helped us keep our hope.

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  5. Heartbreaking. You will always be in my thoughts although I still have hope that one day you will find her and we can all celebrate. Keep the love alive!

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  6. I am so sorry for the pain you have gone through. I recently spoke with a person who went through a similar painful process only to receive a call over two years later from the microchip company. We will think of you and Sass, wishing you the happy ending you deserve.

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  7. Beth and Jeff, you know you will always be in my heart and in my thoughts as well as your beloved Sassafras. I know you will never lose hope or wish Sassafras comes home or give up on her. When I first saw you on Anderson and tv interviews, I said to myself that these are dedicated, loving, strong, generous people who have unconditional love for their dog and you have inspired so many to not give up and loving your pet is important. I have to say that I have love for you and Sassafras. Your story has touched me like you wouldn't believe. Day after day going on your blog, hoping with all hopes to read good news, reading your dedication and devotion to your Sassafras really touched me and touched many as well. And then reading about other lost and found pets on your blog is heartwarming and goes to show how loving, kind people you are both. Even in your own crisis you think of others just like you missing a beloved. Please keep your blog open. We all want to read one day of Sassafras return and we still want to continue sharing her story and sharing lost and found pets. Today's social media is a gift when used wisely and sharing lost and found pets can be very helpful in their return. I will always always think of you and Sassafras and your daughter. I will always pray for all of you and I will always open your blog. With lots of love and still lots of hope for you, Celine xoxo

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