Sometimes, especially when I’m not feeling great (which, to be honest, is almost every night these days), I tend to write posts that are pretty sad. It’s extremely helpful to me to be able to do this, to share my love for Mari and let go of some of the sorrow I have at losing her. But I also worry sometimes that I might make it seem like this is a lost cause – that we’re sitting shiva. The truth is that while it often FEELS like an impossible task, #MarisolSearch is not a lost cause, it’s an active search and we have very good (and increasing) reason to be hopeful.
Even after a month – Anindita and I (and many of you!) are out there, actively walking the trails, hanging posters, every single day. We wouldn’t do this and we wouldn’t ask you to do it if we didn’t think there was some reason beyond blind hope (although there is plenty of that!) that this search is making progress.
WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
1. Tell everyone. Keep doing it. Any channel you have. Don’t annoy people, but reminding them is okay! Especially after a month, it’s easy to assume that the search is over or hopeless. It’s neither.
2. Program our number (617 383 9228) into your cellphone. Tell other people to. Call or text 24/7 if you have information. Any information. It’s all helpful.
3. If you have the resources and the time, bring posters with you when you visit the Fells or surrounding neighborhoods. You can download them here. We don’t want to annoy folks with over-postering, but we are trying to keep one poster at each gate to the Fells and some in the surrounding neighborhoods. We check this daily, but they still get removed – if you are in the area and don’t mind, print some out and help us refresh!
4. If you are going for a walk in the Fells area, please read this guide to approaching Marisol. It’s important not to yell or run at her, because she’ll simply leave the area, but call us either way! We will not be upset that you didn’t catch her, and every sighting helps us.
SEARCH UPDATE: WHY MARI IS PROBABLY STILL OUT THERE
1. Marisol is a dog. Provided that she can avoid the roads and stay smart, there’s no reason to believe she can’t find what she needs to stay alive. Here’s a disgusting but useful thought: domestic dog-poop contains a large amount of nutrition because most domestic dogs are overfed. Guess what the Fells is full of? We think she’s probably opting for garbage instead (wouldn’t you?), and if we get her back she gets filet mignon for a week, but the point is that there is food, water and shelter a-plenty.
The science says this cold is uncomfortable but NOT critical for dogs, especially those with thick coats. It’s not kind to keep your dog outside in this weather, but it is far from life threatening, as long as Mari stays out of the wet and the wind (which we think she’s smart enough to figure out). It’s also advantageous that it’s been getting colder gradually – her body will have had time to adapt (and as we know from the veritable explosion of fur all over our house every summer, her coat grows in pretty darn thick in the winter).
2. Marisol is a particularly capable dog. I wrote about this before, but she spent seven months of her life *from birth* living on her own. She is smart, healthy and streetwise.
3. The quantity of sightings is improving. A whole lot. The postering and facebooking and radio calling and signs are working! We need to keep this up, and we thank you for your continued help. We are getting calls almost every single day now. Not every call is a sighting, but people are starting to know that Marisol is missing and are doing something about it.
4. The quality of sightings is improving. A whole lot! If we are not tracking Marisol, we are most definitely tracking a dog that looks a lot like her. Not every sighting has a lot of information (and that’s ok) but we are starting to get sightings with lots of detail, and more importantly, multiple independent sightings that corroborate each other! This is very exciting.
5. A pattern is emerging. This is the most exciting piece of news that I have to share. It’s too early to be positive, but I mentioned that we are starting to get multiple independent sightings that corroborate each other. More importantly, they come in a sequence that seems to indicate a specific pattern. This is EXACTLY what we are looking for: to try and figure out what Mari is doing. (Incidentally, if we’re right, she’s being even more clever than I thought.)
So what can you do now? The most important thing for us right now is to keep helping us get as many high-quality sightings as possible. People need to know that Mari is still out there and that they should keep an eye out.
I know how much work many of you have already put into this. I know all the physical, financial, emotional and spiritual energy you have given us already. The truth is that we can never pay all of that back but know that it is working. Please keep it up – we are getting closer.
All the best,
Andrew and Anindita (and Marisol the Inadvertent Adventurer) =^^=