Andrew and I’ve been talking a lot about what to do about the Marisol search. We still get some sightings. We still follow up. We still don’t know for certain that these are Mari, but as long as there are credible sightings, it’s hard to say “Let’s stop now.”
We had two tough things happen, which made us pause to reevaluate. The first was something that came up in the comments — we got a call about a dog who was picked up whose size and coloring matched Mari’s. We went to the shelter, and it wasn’t her. We weren’t really expecting it to be, but it’s hard not to get your hopes up.
A week later, the Daisy team got a photo of a dog on their feeding station camera who looked like Mari — enough so that Andrew was sure it was her — this was our first glimpse of our dog who we haven’t seen in 9 months! Our goal was to get this dog on camera again — the shots weren’t great, so we weren’t 100% positive — and then sure enough, we got more photos of the dog! And it was with a person. And from the far clearer photos, it was obvious this dog was much bigger and had a different face, even though the coloring and pantaloons matched.
Again, we had the roller coaster of hope followed by a crash which led to the inevitable question of “How long can we keep doing this?” It was tough for both of us but really devastating for Andrew who thought these were photos of sol.
So we’ve been talking instead of writing and trying figure out what we should do. Do we keep going? Do we stop? What about all of Mari’s Army who’ve been helping for so long?
Of all of the questions, we could make one easy decision: we’re going to keep this site up just in case. We still want her back. We still hope to get her back. We still want to have a virtual home for her.
At the same time, we realized that it’s becoming hard to remember all of the good and happy memories of this quirky, spunky little creature we were so lucky to adopt when we’re spending so much time on the loss of her. So after several weeks of not knowing what to say here when we don’t have a ton of new information to post, we’ve decided to take a conscious pause, a break, a breather, and we encourage you to do the same, especially the volunteers who have been postering for so many months.
If something comes up that we can act on, we will absolutely contact you, but in the meantime, we just want to say thank you to everyone who has been helping and following Mari’s story for so long. We still hope we can post a happy ending someday, but we can’t keep the daily/weekly search activities going indefinitely, and we don’t want to ask you to do so, either.
We’re still stunned and overwhelmed by the strength and generosity of the community that has come together around one dog (although we’ve always been sure Mari’s the best dog ever), and we’re very grateful for it. We couldn’t have made it this long without everyone’s help and support. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Here are some of the good times with the girl who’s inspired so much love and affection.