I’ve received several very sweet notes from people who were already planning to go to the Fells this weekend who wanted to check if there was an area/time we wanted to have covered. I appreciate it, but we don’t have enough of a pattern yet to predict where she’ll go next.
The best thing to do is to have a quick word with other hikers/bikers to let them know there’s a recently sighted missing dog, not to chase her/call her name/actively search for her, but to call us if they happen to see her. Also, please let us know if any entrances lack posters or just hang one and let us know it’s been covered.
Here are our revised tips for “finding” Mari (in other words encouraging her to approach you because you’re “safe”).
- Don’t flood the Fells. If you normally go there, great. If not, please help us by hanging a poster or otherwise spreading the word about Mari so that locals & Fells regulars know about her and others know not to flood the area!
- Don’t actively search for her. If you’re a Fells regular out for a run or hike, do what you normally do. Mari has an uncanny way of approaching people who don’t know about her. The more you look around, the less likely she will be to come play. This is really difficult but will increase the chances of her approaching.
- If she does approach or if you spot her, sit slowly. This will make you appear less threatening. She will be more likely to approach someone who is still and quiet.
- Don’t make eye contact with her. Eye contact means you’re trying to establish dominance (fine with a pet but something that’s based on trust/a relationship), so if you look away, you’re giving her the opportunity to approach — you’re the sitting, quiet, submissive, non-threatening one letting her take charge.
- Be patient and quiet and to let her approach you. If she doesn’t, that’s fine — sightings are super helpful.
- If she does approach, slowly hold out a hand palm up (so she knows it’s empty or has a treat in it), let her sniff you (while continuing to ignore her existence), and if she stays, you can take her by the collar and leash her. This is not very likely, but it’s worth saying just in case it comes up.
- If she runs off, don’t chase her or comb the area for her. She can travel pretty far pretty fast, and chasing/searching will encourage her to head for a safer spot. Best thing to do is call us with the time and exact location of the sighting.
- If you see her, please call or text us! 617.383.9228
Thanks everyone for the offers of help and good wishes, prayers, and positive thoughts. Sightings four days in a row shows that the outreach is really working, so let’s keep that up and otherwise stick to regular routines.