Ten Days

Mari, it’s been ten days, the longest we’ve ever gone without a sighting. It’s so hard not to imagine all sorts of awful things. I know, the weather’s been terrible, and people haven’t been out, but the weather makes waiting even more nerve-wracking. Okay, I’ve never liked winter except as an excuse to bundle up and drink hot chocolate and of course squish you (which you’d usually tolerate for about 15 minutes and then go “nnngh!”, shake off, run away, and come back whacking a toy as hard as you could: “I’m not cuddly! I’m tough. I kill squirrels!” Yeah. Really tough. Especially when you run up to us and flop over for an emergency belly rub.), and we’re trying to hold on to all of the stories and the experts who say, “Animals make it through the winter all the time!” and tell us their stories of pets they’ve rescued who made it through awful winters, as well.

I know you’re tough and smart and cautious — you aren’t going to do anything stupid. And even with us watching you, you were an amazing scavenger. You’d sneak into a bush and emerge with an entire sandwich or manage to climb from stairs onto a table and eat an entire dish of marinade left out after a barbecue. And you’re brilliant — remember the whole thing with the laser pointer? We were at Jeff’s, and he had one, and you love bug hunting and were convinced the laser was a bug. You’d watch it and then pounce and whenever it disappeared, you’d crouch by the nearest crack in the wooden floorboards and try to get a claw in to work it out. Hours of entertainment! But then the next time we pulled out a laser pointer, you didn’t do it. You gave your dad the most exasperated look I’ve ever seen on a dog. “Whatever, dad. It’s in your hand. I see it.” You’d rather gnaw on something or hunt a real bug. The funny thing was, you never wanted to kill any bugs you captured, you’d just bat at them and study them as they moved. You’d cover them with a paw and try to hide them from me in case I really wanted to play with them. Silly girl.

When we first brought you home, we bought toys and Nylabones that were appropriate for your size. Big mistake. You’d rip through those in a minute. Turns out you’re a power chewer. We started buying toys for German shepherds. They barely fit in your mouth, but you loved them. You’d maneuver them into position and hold them in place with your paws and then chomp away, your eyes half closed and your tail thumping on the floor every time you paused to take a break.

I’ve been sending notes to all of our experts for their advice — patience? tracking? better feeding station locations? — and trying to keep things going, sol. I have a busy afternoon ahead with more emails and calls, so I better get to it. You stay out there, okay? You know those words, Marisol. Stay. Good girl.

Marisol killing with cuteness for a belly rub

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19 Responses to Ten Days

  1. bella says:

    I know this has got to be terribly frustrating and heartbreaking. That’s why I asked if there are buildings you know of in the Fells. I’ve never hiked or been in the Fells, so I don’t know. But I imagine there are service sheds or other structures. If this is the case, perhaps Marisol has found a place to keep safe and warm during the storms. That’s what I hope…If you know of any buildings she may be able to access, please post when you can. I’m not asking for locations…just to know that they exist so I, and others like me not familiar with the Fells, will know there’s a good chance Marisol has found a good place. We’re all still pulling for the 3 of you…You’ll find her!

  2. Jane says:

    Did you see the news if the Animal Rescue League rescue that just took place on Fresh Pond? A dog has been trapped on the ice for 4 days but they were able to contain & rescue him. Look on bostonchannel.com for photos
    I was SO hoping it was Marisol when I first saw the photos. It’s encouraging to know he survived quite well out in the open for a week.
    If the experts decide it would be worthwhile to do a hiking search of the Fells this weekend for new tracks, I’m sure there would be a team of us that would participate and follow instructions.
    I truly hope there will be a sighting and I’m so sorry for your worry and sadness at missing her. Jane

    • anindita says:

      Yes! I’ve been following the story on Twitter. The ARL’s advice has been not to try to find Mari’s hiding spot because we don’t want her to abandon a safe shelter if she has one — we want her to get comfortable and stay put. The goal is rather to find her routes to food and intercept that path and lure her to us through comfort stations then traps. I’m checking in with everyone about whether we need to just sit tight for another sighting or if there’s anything else we can go out there and do — if anything comes up, I’ll post a call for help! Thanks :)

      • bella says:

        Anindita. Daisy’s Team is working with the ARL as well, as you know. In November, we sat surveillance along Daisy’s route as mapped out by Sam and Salsa. It was a 24 hour surveillance which the ARL required before they would set out a trap, camera and feeding station and take over their own 24/7 surveillance. We did not sight Daisy in those 24 hours, sadly.

        I for one would be willing to sit in surveillance if you have a possible route Mari takes. I know all of her Army would. Whatever you need…She’s so close. Please don’t hesitate to call on us…
        We love your dog and want her home with the 2 of you.

  3. Gustav and Shep says:

    I read every story you write. I laugh. I smile. I cry. It’s said many times now. But Mari, we all now you love to discover the world, to roam the wild. But your pack is waiting. The pack is singing every night. Hoping you will hear and answere. Come home Mari. Come home.

  4. Patricia T. Mars says:

    Marisol’s pose for a ‘belly rub’ brought tears to my eyes! Our Sato dog Mancha (named by her Puerto Rican rescue family for her black spots on white fur- means Spots in in their language) takes the same pose; my husband calls it ‘efferdating’! But, unlike Marisol, when Mancha sees a bug, she freezes!!! Hates ‘em – scared to death of ‘em. So many things in common from their Sata backgrounds; yet so many differences! They’re the same size, same weight, curl up with their tails the same way. Soooo encouraged by the survival stories. We pray for you every nite Marisol; stay girl, stay!!! Come home. We’re all waiting for your return!!!!

  5. Donna says:

    What ever you need, just ask!! Marisol’s Army is still here waiting for her to come home. Thoughts and prayers as always……….with the three of you.

  6. Jill says:

    To whomever is the poster that is covering Melrose (or at least the section I drove along today) I say BRAVO!! AMAZING!! WTG!!

    I came from the Fellsway in Melrose, and down from there onto Washington St. and past Oak Grove station. You have done a stellar job of posting along that route. Posters aplenty, in their protective coverings, and it was very uplifting today!

    I drove past Oak Grove T and wondered if the posters continue in and around the streets there. Until she moved to Weymouth, my daughter (aka “Nala’s Mom”) walked that route from Oak Grove, along the length of Glenwood St., to her apartment on Highland Ave. each work day.
    Same route in the mornings.

    OR she’d get off a stop sooner, at Malden Center station, and work her way along those side streets (Dexter, Clifton, then onto Highland Ave to her apt).
    There is a lot of foot traffic in that whole area, due to the T, of course.

    We wonder if our Nala’s street survival skills, since she’s also a sato, helped her in some way that we humans can’t easily picture, to find her way “spot on” right back to her house, her yard, her doggy door, and up on the couch (where she really doesn’t have permission to be!) after being gone for about 24 hours. Yes, true enough, only 24 hours.

    I wonder- since satos “have” to leave whatever spot they’re in, in Puerto Rico, to go out in search of food and water- and somehow end up back in their “safe spot” over and over again- that these skills are especially heightened in them, no matter their particular “breed-mix.” It’s how they survive those tough conditions of life on the streets,

    Although 10 days IS an eternity to pass without a sighting of Marisol- the fact that there HAVE been a number of sightings since she went missing, indicates that over the passage of time, she HAS proven to have those survival skills.

    Marisol- we care about you and think of you all the time, and we love you!
    From the writings and pictures that your parents share here with us,
    we feel that we know you, and we await that day when we hear that you are home once again!

    To Anindita and Andrew- I’m so sorry this has taken so long.
    It’s hard to imagine how you must feel.
    It’s great that you have advice from the experts. You are doing so many things that are bound to bring Marisol home!

  7. martha says:

    Have you been in contact with Granite State Dog Recovery??These folks are amazing…Read some of their stories and never give up…You will find her!!

  8. Emily says:

    It’s good to know what all the experts are saying, thanks for sharing. You are doing everything you possibly can to bring Marisol home. I’m sure the lack of sightings are do to people staying inside. Xo

  9. Holly says:

    Never Ever Give Up! Marisol is Probably coming out from 111-pm until around 5 am if I had to guess and that is why you are not having any sightings of her. Try Driving around the neighbor hoods surrounding the fells during those hrs and see if you can get a sighting. I am sure the Marisol Army would help. There was a dog that was just recovered ALIVE and WELL 2 days again in Griswold Ct after being on the run for 20 months. Dogs are a lot smarter than we give them credit for.

    Marisol is a Smart dog and will be found!

  10. Mary says:

    I too would be glad to do surveillance on the watch for Marisol. I suggested this a few days ago. Other than postering, it is something positive we could do to spot Marisol. I always carry high-powered binoculars with me in my Marisol kit (posters, hammer, nails, treats, a leash) whenever I am in the Fells neighborhoods. Please let the army know if this is something we can do in the quest for the “phantom fox.” Can’t wait to meet her :)

  11. Natalie says:

    Thank you for sharing your story about Mari. What a cute pic of her waiting for a belly rub!!!!!!

    Thinking all good thoughts. :)

  12. Aleks says:

    Hang in there – she WILL make it home! Sending you good vibes from San Francisco.

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