Thanks for your continued posts wishing Mari all the best. We’ve had a lot going on recently and no real updates, hence the quiet on our side. Andrew and I’ve been talking about our summer girl a lot because this is her season, and it always ends with, “She’s such a great girl. I miss her.” We had a bbq this weekend for my birthday, and we were remembering how she’d get into so much trouble at every one. I’ve mentioned the time she climbed onto a table and ate about 2 cups of leftover marinade at a friend’s bbq (this is the only time I’ve ever seen her walk away from her dinner). The last time we hosted one, she and her friend Murray escaped from our closed in yard. Mari’s the instigator and Murray’s a good-natured follower, so we knew who came up with this plan. They didn’t go anywhere, just sat on the other side of the barrier looking thoroughly pleased with themselves.
This past week we suddenly started getting sighting calls again, after several quiet weeks — and they’ve been tough to figure out. We got a note that someone saw Mari twice in one weekend in the same location. I followed up and didn’t hear back. I have the general area, but it’s big, and there are no specifics regarding when, where, or what this person saw. We’ve had fox sightings from this area, but we can’t compare our notes unless we hear back.
I received another sighting south of this area, but the caller wasn’t sure what she’d seen — if it was a fox, coyote, or dog. From the size description, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a fox, but it’s tough to tell any more.
And then we got sightings on the other side of 93 — one was a dog that turned out to be twice Mari’s size, so we were able to rule that out. The same day we got a call about a dog that was Mari-sized, but it was so underweight, the caller said she had no idea if it was Mari or not. This dog ran into a yard. We got one other lead today that I’m following up on from the same side of 93, and I’ll hopefully have more information tomorrow.
These sightings are different from some of our more recent ones (recent being a relative term, of course) — these happened in the daytime and in residential areas south of the Fells — which makes it even harder to figure them out. Has she moved out of the Fells? Is she traveling further to find food? Are any of these even her? I wonder if we’ll ever know.
I found this photo in Andrew’s collection — it’s one of my favorites. We’re taking a break in the middle of a hike through the Fells.