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Mar 10, 2013 4:17 PM by Lacey Steele

Family hires missing dog specialist to find beloved pet

For many of us, losing a pet is like losing a family member, and when they go missing, we find ourselves wondering what we can do.

We met with an Ordway family who's going above and beyond to bring their beloved pet home.

"Dorothy's a rescue," said Christopher Perschke. "We saved her from a pound in Tucson, Arizona."

She went missing about four weeks ago.

"Dorothy's my family," said Perschke. "I know she's a dog, and as far as I'm concerned it's my daughter that's lost out there."

Christopher and Jessica Perschke have done everything they can think of to bring her home.

From fliers to huge signs and a $1000 reward.

"I had just built a new dog run for her, and it was her first night in the new run," said Perschke.

Somehow she got under the fence.

"So I got up the next morning and there was a hole in the fence, and my Dorothy was missing," said Perschke.

Now they're going a step further.

They've hired a well known missing dog specialist.

"I was a private investigator, I am a private investigator, and at that time I did humans," said Karin Tarqwyn, a missing dog specialist. "In 2004 my dog, Jack, went missing, and it was the most grievous experience of my life."

She found him four and a half months later.

Now she's known all over the country for finding dogs.

"I was in search and rescue for missing people, so I just switched over to missing dogs," said Tarqwyn. "In this case, Dorothy is a 2-year-old pit bull, a little bit shy, and she went missing really out in the middle of nowhere."

They start by gathering Dorothy's scent.

"She's most likely roaming, roaming probably a fairly large area, but we don't have community awareness out in that area because there's not a lot of people," said Tarqwyn.

Then the dogs are released to track her down.

For the Perschke's, they won't stop till they have their happy ending.

"I'm not going to stop looking for her," said Perschke. "We're going to find her."

Unfortunately this story doesn't have a happy ending just yet.

The search could take more than one day.

We'll let you know more as soon as we find out from the family.

If you think you've seen her, contact Christopher Perschke at (719) 334-5652.

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