A note on surveillance

One idea that’s come up a couple of times in the comments is surveillance. When coordinating with our dog rescue experts about what we should be doing and whether we should track, I asked about this. All three independently said that we shouldn’t do surveillance. There were a couple of reasons why they discouraged it in Mari’s case:

  • We don’t know where Marisol is at the moment. Our hope is that she’s sticking to the areas where she’s been seen in the past, but that spans about a 3 mile diameter from one end to the other — this is not unusual for a roaming dog, which will usually travel a 1-2 mile radius — but it’s a huge area to cover in a stakeout!
  • We don’t want to bump Marisol from her routine by adding cars and humans changing shifts at times when she’s used to traveling safely on her own. More than anything, we want her to stay put and try to reach people who are already in the area who have the highest chance of encountering her.

It’s really not a surprise that we aren’t getting sightings now with all of the snow and cold and darkness. When we go to the Fells, there are far fewer people around. The gates are down in some of the lots and others are covered in snow. The good news is that with fewer people, Mari’s less likely to move all over the place. The bad news is of course we need sightings to know where to focus.

The main thing really is continued outreach — letting people know to peek our their windows on trash night, to call us right away if they see her, and not to startle or try to capture her. If they see her, they should ignore her and call us. We also want to let people know that this isn’t hopeless. Many animals, including dogs, survive the winter. Mari in particular has street smarts — and pantaloons to keep her warm!

Mari & Emma showing off their shaggy selves

Andrew and I really appreciate all of your willingness to help and to stay up to all hours to try to catch a glimpse of Marisolita, and if this sort of situation comes up later on or if we have an area where we need to do door to door flyering, we’ll absolutely let you know. We couldn’t have gotten this far or gone for so long without your help. We were burning ourselves out trying to do everything on our own with a handful of friends, and we couldn’t have kept this up the way we were going in those first weeks, so please know what a difference your calling shelters & vets, putting up posters, checking websites, posting to Facebook and Twitter, and emailing community lists has made.

Right now it’s almost an educational mission of letting people know dogs can make it through the snow and cold and to call right away if they see Mari. We’re still trying to cast a big net and let people know this is ongoing, and that’s where our pro dog rescuers are telling us to focus for now.

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10 Responses to A note on surveillance

  1. Jane says:

    Speaking for myself, I think you’ve so lovingly & vividly portrayed Marisol that I’ve come to feel her loss as keenly as if I knew her personally. And it’s human nature to want to do something to help. But sometimes the necessary thing is to be patient. It’s good you have the experts’ advice so you have a solid & consistent plan. Tonight I saw our local feral cat “Stubby” looking as good as ever and he lives outside. Thanks for the info & I’ll keep thinking positive for Marisol’s safe return home.

  2. Flannery says:

    I agree with Jane. Your stories and pictures have brought Marisol to life that sometimes I forget I’ve never actually met her, or either of you!

    I no longer live in the area (moved out to Waltham) but I’m doing my best to keep Marisol’s name out there and let people know you’re still looking. I do get asked by friends and family if she’s been found and I can’t wait for the day I can say yes, she’s back with her family where she belongs.

  3. Beth says:

    Thank you for continuing to keep us updated. I know it must be very difficult to remain patient when you are so anxious to have her back where she belongs.

    Those are some mighty fine pantaloons Miss Marisol – now hurry up & get them home!

  4. Kate says:

    Yes, thank you for the updates. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to write about her after a day without seeing her….but it keeps her cute face out there—hang in there, we are all still here…xo

  5. Gail says:

    Thanks for this update, Anindita. It’s good to know what the experts are recommending, and encouraging to be reminded that animals survive the winter all the time–and a sato with such awesome pantaloons? There’s every reason to believe she’s just fine! I agree with others here who’ve said they feel as if they know you two and Marisol; when people see me putting up posters or see the poster in my car window they usually ask if it’s my dog who’s lost, and I tell them “No, she’s my friends’ dog”–because through these beautiful stories and pictures you’ve so lovingly posted I think we all feel like we know you, and have come to love Mari as if she were our own. Her army can’t wait to meet you all when Mari comes home!! May it be soon.

  6. Donna says:

    Thanks for the update! Mari is a lucky girl to have you both. The sun is out and I am sure that she is ” working on her tan! ” Mari has touched so many hearts. Be strong and take care of you.

  7. Diana says:

    Thanks so much for the update! Love those pantaloons, they’re pretty amazing. Maybe we’ll get a stretch of good weather and some sightings. My husband is even telling people to watch out for her, (a couple of our friends have been snowshoeing in the Fells). Jane pretty much sums up how I feel, sending you good happy thoughts.

  8. Ashfae says:

    Come on home, girl. You’ve no idea how many people are waiting for you. Jane expressed it perfectly.

  9. Lauren says:

    Your words and that of your supporters are so eloquent. I feel like I needed that post to remind me how resilient and tough these little animals can be. I’m sure her little pantaloons are thickening up in these temps. Let’s hope the weather gives us a clear and warmer stretch of temps so Mari can come out and be seen.

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