About Marisol


Our dog, Marisol, was in the woods on the afternoon of Nov 2 2010 with her dog walker and puppy play group near Hutchins Rd. in Medford, MA (behind Lawrence Memorial Hospital). The group of dogs was attacked by another dog, who happened to go for Marisol. One of the dogs in her group got between her and the attacker, and she ran.

By the time the owner of the aggressive dog got his dog under control and our dog walker had her group together, Marisol hadn’t returned. Our dog walker called and searched for her for 15-20 minutes, and then called me at about 2:20 pm. My husband and I joined her, and we searched the woods and neighboring streets until it was dark. We’ve spoken with neighbors, called animal control in Medford and Winchester, and contacted local shelters.

We’re certain she’s hungry and frightened. The few people who saw her said she appeared uninjured but was skittish and ran away from them. We think she’s scared and has reverted to street dog mode — super submissive and hiding until she’s so hungry she has to scavenge.

She’s a spayed, 20-25 lb, copper colored mutt (a Puerto Rican street dog we rescued when she was 7 months old). She’s 3 years old now, and she’s friendly.

My husband and I are frantic about her and would appreciate it if anyone who sees her could give us a call at 617.383.9228, at any hour of the day or night.

37 Responses to About Marisol

  1. munira says:

    this is heartbreaking. hope you find her soon.

  2. I left a message regarding helping out tomorrow. Not sure if it went thru. Please let me know if you need help passing out flyers, etc.


  3. karen says:

    what color is her collar? Just thinking if I see a doh that looks like her that info may help.
    Will walk in the fells looking for your dog.

  4. Maria says:

    I saw this post on Craigslist – could this be her??

    found dog in Oak square

    Date: 2010-11-10, 9:00PM EST
    Reply to: comm-6phds-2053672294@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


    found terrior blonde color please call 617-817-7745 denise

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

    PostingID: 2053672294

  5. Sue says:

    This is heartbreaking. I am hoping that you get your Marisol home safe and sound, and as soon as possible! I know two people whose dogs were on the run for many days after a scare like that. These stories had happy endings, and I hope so much that yours will too. I wanted to share something that might help, though I don’t know if it will in this situation after so many days. Other friends’ dog wandered away from them during a hike (after many times hiking with them in the past without incident). While searching for her, they saw some hunters who said put a blanket that she recognizes at the trail head (where there car had been parked). Hours later, some of their hiking friends checked back and found their dog curled up on her blanket. But, she was upset and scared and wouldn’t let them approach, even though she knew them somewhat..when they called her owners they came rushing and she ran right to them. I don’t know if it will help, but maybe you can put a blanket or dog bed that Marisol would recognize near the parking lot where the dog walker parked. She might go to the last familiar place she remembers to try to get home. And, attach a note with your number and instructions to anybody who finds her there. You might want to also put familiar blanket or bed outside your home, in case she finds her way there. Our hearts are with you…hoping for good news soon.

    • anindita says:

      Thank you, Sue! The dog walker still goes there every day, and the neighbors know (they overheard the attack and helped us search and all have flyers) — unfortunately no one has seen Marisol there since the attack. It seems she has stayed in the general Fells area but hasn’t returned to the place of the attack (understandable!) so right now we’re asking locals to keep an eye out and to call us if they see her so that we can get a better idea of where she is — we plan to set up some scent/food stations once we’re more certain and try to attract her, just as you’re describing.

  6. eli says:

    why dont u just say i lost my dog plz help me find her iinsted of making a whole website that i thinkis a huge scam for money and fame

    • anindita says:

      We weren’t expecting to be without Marisol for so long, so this did start off as a single post about what happened and how to contact us, but as we’ve been getting more information and sightings and advice, we’ve been keeping track of all of it here — helps us, our family, our friends, and all of the kind people who are helping us try to bring our dog home.

    • Susan says:

      if you don’t want to read it – then don’t. Many people are interested in finding this dog – if you’re not then stop reading it!

  7. colleen says:

    I agree with Susan, if someone wants to really help,then they would be following the post.This is not the place to argue, we truly want to help and support the owners of Marisol.

  8. Donna Yerick says:

    Just wondering if you had contacted Pure Gold Pet Trackers to see if they could help?

    • anindita says:

      We did — Sam’s tracking Daisy, as well, and we worked with her the first weekend Mari was missing. She’s great. She lives in Maryland and comes up on weekends when she can. We’re hoping to find someone closer if possible so that we can track immediately after a sighting instead of waiting several days, but she is a solid option.

  9. Marci says:

    I’m hoping for good news for you. Sounds silly at this point, but you did get the word out to every dog catcher/shelter within 20 miles of the Fells, right? I just found out about this but I’ll post to my twitter ‘friends’ to help get the word out. Your dog is absolutely a sweetie pie. You’re the best dog-parents a dog could have!!

    • anindita says:

      We reached out to animal control, shelters, and vets right away on our own and then a SABER alert was issued for Marisol. Thanks for tweeting about Mari!

  10. Karen Martakos says:

    I am going for my regular Saturday walk in the Fells this afternoon. I will keep an eye out for Marisol, and have a flier printed & ready to post if there isn’t one already at the gate when I get there. I usually walk in a different area every week, and haven’t yet decided on where I will go this afternoon. Is there a particular part of the Fells that would be helpful for me cover?

    • anindita says:

      Thanks, Karen! She’s been ranging all over, so what you’re doing is great. Unfortunately we don’t have a narrow area to cover right now…

      • Karen Martakos says:

        I go there for a long walk almost every weekend, so if there is a particular area that you need help covering, or that you aren’t that familiar with, I’ll be glad to go there for my next outing. I’ve been hiking in the Fells for years, so I know the trails pretty well.

        Also – I think Melrose has a more lenient trash collection policy than some of the other towns that border the Fells. You may want to find out when trash collection is for the West Wyoming/Fellsway area.

        The beautiful photos of Marisol that you guys keep posting are breaking my heart! I can see how much character she has. So many people want to see her home safe & sound.

  11. Katie Byrne says:

    Will keep an eye out for her Winthrop/East Boston area forwarding to people in the your area

    Hope you find her soon!

  12. Heather Kuberski says:

    Hi, I read your story in the Globe today and I wanted to give you a story of hope. I had a dog, a Shiba Inu (who also looked like a fox, like your Marisol :) ) named Kobi (which means “joy” in Japanese). He ran away from our condo up at Bretton Woods ski resort when we were up on vacation skiing. It was FREEZING, winds and temperatures below 0. I called and called like you, for hours. I searched the next day. I finally had to head home, broken-hearted, but I refused to give up. I put up flyers and put advertisements in the local newspapers. I contacted Bretton Woods and the ski patrol, to be on the look-out for my beloved dog. I contacted nearby hotels, stores, animal shelters, dog patrol. I even contacted an animal psychic, who told me he saw that my dog was still alive. When I would receive a phonecall stating that they had spotted my dog, I would drive the 3 1/2 hours up to search for him. If they told me they spotted him early morning, so I got up at 4am to get up there around the time they saw him.

    3 weeks later, my miracle wish came true…I received a phonecall that Kobi had wandered into a nearby motel looking for food and warmth. Since I had put out so much advertisement, they recognized them and called me. I couldn’t believe it. He was down to 19lbs (He was around 27-28lbs normally), but he was in good health per the vet, just very very hungry. He recovered and lived to be 15 years old. :) That is a story of survival, right? So, I sure hope that you have the same wonderful ending I did with your Marisol. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


    Heather Kuberski

    • anindita says:

      Thanks for sharing your story! I’m so glad you got Kobi back. We think Mari might be part Shiba, but we aren’t sure — the size and coloring are right although her features are pointier and she has longer fur.

  13. Heather Kuberski says:

    I also just wanted to agree with the fact that Marisol has gone from pet to survival mode, as I really think that is what my Kobi did too. He didn’t come when he was called anyhow….:) But, I believe even more so when he was out in the wilderness. I really believe they do revert to “survivalmode” from being in “petmode”. Good luck to you!

  14. Leslie says:

    I heard your story & wanted to say my heart goes out to you. We found a lost pug dog a few years ago in the wintertime. It was very cold out & the animal control people we called to report her being found couldn’t believe it was the same dog. She had been lost for many weeks, but she survived in the middle of the woods. I hope for a happy story for your Marisol as well.

  15. Liz says:

    I know you’ve contacted some of the animal control departments around, but you might try also contacting the Somerville animal control and the Cambridge Animal Commission. I know that one of the Cambridge animal officers lives in Somerville, right near the border of Medford, so she might be able to at least spread the word locally…
    Good luck. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for Mari.

  16. Kate says:

    I am so sorry abut you dog! My heart goes out to you. I live about an hour away from where you live and will absolutely keep an eye out for her. She is very cute!

  17. lily says:

    I heard about your situation in the globe and felt really sorry and sad for you and your husband. I was so interested in all the ways you tried to find Marisol that I did your story on an Essay I have to do for my 6th grade Current Event Essay. I can’t wait to share my article about Marisol and tell the other students about your story and how to help find Marisol. I hope you find Marisol and I will keep a look out! GOOD LUCK!!!!!

    • andrew says:

      Hi Lily… thanks so much for your comment and for sharing Marisol with your class. I hope we have good news to share with you soon. All the best! -Andrew, Anindita (and Marisol)

  18. Mary says:

    Andrew & Anindita: from your mouth to God’s ear. We are all waiting for the wonderful news that Marisol is safely home with you. My husband & I posted the color posters (in plastic) at the Arl. Water Tower, at the entrance to the parking lot at Wedgemere Station on Mystic Valley Parkway, on Summer St. and on Ridge St., and Dunster Lane, Winchester. A woman walking her two dogs in the conservation area off Summer Street kindly offered to take a poster and put it up at Starbucks in Arl. Heights. We spent a few hours today in the Fells off South Border Road and drove around the surrounding streets. Also checked out Medford High School, Oak Grove Cemetery and the area behind Temple Shalom on Winthrop St., Medford. Also downloaded the business card size posters to hand out. Have been praying hard to St. Anthony (patron saint of lost things) since reading the article about Marisol. Stay strong and Shalom.

  19. Paula M. Price says:

    I soooooo hope you find your fur soul. Meanwhile you are all in my thoughts and prayers, and a candle lit for white light to guide Marisol home to you . If you need any kind of help from me please contact me at my e-mail. ????? maybe i can help with contacts by crossposting or even arrange for a hot meal for you and yours after a long day of seaeching or another long day of missing your Crazyfur! God Bless and keep believing. Dog is God spelled backwards!!!!!!

  20. Jennifer from Somerville says:

    I’ve been seeing Marisol and Daisy’s LOST posters and my heart goes out to you. Please don’t give up hope. Years ago a friend of mine lost her German Shepard in New Hampshire’s white mountains in Fall…. and the dog was finally found late spring the following year. Shayna, who was gone 6 months, was a little thinner but no worse for the wear.

    Hope you have your love home soon.. – J

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    Did you ever find Marisol?

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