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Birnamwood family goes to the extremes in search for lost dogs

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A central Wisconsin family is going to extremes trying to find their lost dogs. Two German shepherds from Birnamwood have been missing for weeks. They've been sighted in Wausau. Now, the family is camping out in the cold hoping to catch a glimpse of their lost dogs.

Ray Dundore is not giving up.

"Never underestimate the ability that an animal has to survive," said Dundore.

For a month, his two German shepherds, Sasha and Zoe have been missing.

"We thought for sure someone would see them or they'd come out. But, they hadn't," said Dundore.

So the family took the usual steps and put up fliers. The quantity, though, a little less usual.

"I got 2,000 fliers printed up," said Dundore.

And he handed them all out. The response was overwhelming.

"My phone lit up Monday night," said Dundore.

The dogs were apparently sighted in Wausau.

"How they got to Wausau we don't know," said Dundore.

But, for the past two days the Dundore's have been camped out at Zilman's Meat Market.

"We're grilling hot dogs all night long and tossing them in the alley way," explained Dundore.

They also laid out blankets, and clothes, even the dog's favorite toys.

"Just to try to lure them back in," said Dundore.

They say it almost worked. "I got 20 yards from her, I called her name, and she took off."

Officials from the marathon county humane society say that's because the dogs are in survival mode.

"They're spooked," said Executive Director Mary Kirlin. "They are just trying to stay alive and stay together."

"It's heart wrenching," Dundore said as he started to choke up. "Sorry, they uh, I gotta regain, they are my life."

The Dundore's say it's not a matter of "if" they get Zoe and Sasha home, it's "when".

"When we do we're going to have one big party," said Dundore with a smile.

But until then, you'll find them here, camped out, waiting.

"I'm not giving up," he said.

If you see these dogs, the Dundore's want to stress do not try to catch them or call out. They're asking you contact them if anyone has any information at (715) 297-3018.

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