Got a call today from someone who said he saw Marisol — it’s actually a perfect sol day — sunny, warm, perfect for basking — the kind of day when I picture her sitting outside and smiling.
We talked through what happened. He saw an unaccompanied dog walking down the street looking wary, and he mentioned it to a friend who said, “There’s a poster up the street about a lost dog. Go check.”
He did and said the dog he saw matched the picture on the poster. He got a good look at her and her face (saw her full on). He didn’t notice whether she had a collar or tags but said she appeared both healthy and cautious. This wasn’t our smiling sol, happily running around, but a girl on the lookout for things that might hurt her and keeping to herself so she can escape if she needs to. This is one of the big challenges — when she notices someone noticing her, she ducks into a backyard or finds somewhere to hide, and people lose sight of her within seconds.
We received a good question by email, which was — when you get a sighting, do you go out right away to look?
We used to but not anymore. It really depends on the amount of time between the sighting and the call. If someone calls and says, “I just saw her,” and I’m 10 minutes away, yes, I go, even though she disappears quickly. I hope she will recognize the beep of the car (which always had her running to the front door when we came home) or catch my scent if I walk through the area.
This call came 2 1/2 hours after the sighting, which is pretty good, but given that she could have gone in any direction, that’s a wide radius. Instead of dropping everything and running over immediately (which unfortunately isn’t possible for every call we get given the realities of work), we go as soon as when we can to keep our scent in the area and, if we’ve had multiple sightings, to set up a feeding station.
For now, hooray for the postering team and hooray for a sighting! Come on, baby girl. Stay strong and stay smart, and let us stay on your trail.