Recovering Mari Redux

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”).

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Be patient and quiet and to let her approach you. If she doesn’t, that’s fine — sightings are super helpful.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. If you see her, please call or text us! 617.383.9228

That’s everything!

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.

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20 Responses to Recovering Mari Redux

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  2. Reed S. says:

    we are with our cat at the vet – Dr Looby in Medford – and Marisol’s poster is here. We made sure to tell the staff about the recent sightings so they can do some outreach w visitors

  3. emily says:

    Am heartbroken for you guys but optimistic. My dog and I spend a lot of time on trails so we are constantly looking. I think the dog might be a deterrent though, but we will help however we can.

  4. Tim says:

    Very glad to hear about the string of recent sightings! I’m at least as glad just to know she’s still out there doing okay as I am to know that it’ll help establish a pattern that will help you get her home.

    • anindita says:

      Thanks, Tim. It’s a relief to hear consistent sightings where she appears uninjured. Now if we could just bring her home!

  5. dawnmarie mello says:

    I live down on the Cape, but I will do whatever I can to help. You, Andrew, and beautiful Marisol are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  7. linda surette says:

    i want to help you find your baby!! i have 4 of my own…

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  9. J. Weisman and F Tuttle says:

    Andrew and Anindita:

    We walk with our two Aussies daily in the Fells, entering at Hillcrest (Northwest of Long Pond). One of our Aussies is a 9 year old, three time rescue (although never feral), and we felt two years ago that one of the most important things to do in the economic crunch was to give a home to a hard to place dog. So we have a special empathy for Marisol and the two of you. We are sensitive to lost dogs and injured owners and instances where we see one without the other (usually the dog with no sign of the owner) – and everyone in our neck of the woods makes time to make sure that things are OK. I am sure that those who frequent other areas of the Fells do the same, so we are optimistic for you and for Marisol.

    Terrific that you have organized the search so effectively and intelligently. The comfort stations are a great idea for all sorts of reasons. We will try to avoid them!!

    Most of the listed Marisol sitings in our area were pre-November 15, but we will continue to cover the area and follow the instructions. All of the regular dog owner/walkers in our area of the Fells are aware of Marisol, and our thoughts and hopes are with you. I have put your number in my cell phone, so that I can report any sighting promptly.

    So relieved to learn of recent sitings!! Visited the site on my smart phone the other day and the Sunday Globe article prompted me to visit with my netbook, where more detailed information appears.

    • anindita says:

      Thank you! Yes, we stopped updating the public map because we were inadvertently driving up traffic where she’d been seen but our most recent sighting is from two days ago. Thank you for keeping an eye out for her during your regular walks!

  10. Ed Wheeler says:

    My wife and I saw the dog crossing the Fellsway east to west last Saturday, Nov 27 about a quarter mile north of East Border Road. We thought it was a coyote because it was too big to be a fox but after seeing the picture in the paper today, we’re sure it was Marisol. Looked healthy. Good luck.

    • anindita says:

      Thank you for letting us know! Do you have any idea when you saw her (approximate time of day — even “morning” or “evening” helps). Thanks again!

  11. Stefanie says:

    i spotted Marisol on Nov 27 @8:30am on Medford St. near the Malden/Medford Line heading toward Commercial St. I didn’t know at the time there was a missing dog. I was driving. I called the number and left a message a week later when I saw your article in the Sunday Globe. Best of luck in finding her.

  12. Kathy says:

    Date: 2011-10-21, 3:41PM EDT
    Reply to: comm-npuyq-2661865386@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
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    FOUND!!

    Lost tan female dog @ corner of high st by Holiday Inn / RT 28
    Randolph MA. Has pink collar with no tags, 1 floppy ear, very gentle.
    Call Kate 617 980-6934

    •Location: Randolph
    •it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

    PostingID: 2661865386

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  13. Amy Sinnamon says:

    I’m pretty sure I saw Marisol today on a hike. It was at 3pm, one mile south of Sheepfold on the white Skyline trail. She ran by me, then headed left into the woods. She looked great and a saw a collar so I thought I would wait for the owner who I was sure would be coming up the path. After about five minutes I got out my phone and looked up “lost dog in fells,” and saw Marisol’s picture. It was pretty quick, but I’m pretty confident it was her. I called the number and spoke to a volunteer. I’ll keep my eyes peeled the next time I’m hiking. Good luck!!!

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