June Queen and her tracker dog, Camden, were hot on a scent.
They are not looking for a missing child or crook on the run but a family dog that got scared and can't find its way home.
Shelley Senterfitt and her husband Ken put their Labrador-poodle mix Sasha in a kennel when they went away on vacation in early May, but when they came back a week later, the kennel called with bad news.
"Sasha had disappeared during the night," Shelley Senterfitt said.
Sasha was nowhere to be found.
"They said she chewed through some wire and jumped through a window," Senterfitt said.
The Senterfitts put up signs, sent out hundreds of faxes, even enlisted the help of a robo-call service for nearly a month, with no luck.
"It was like looking for a needle in a haystack," Senterfitt said.
Sasha is on unfamiliar ground, 40 miles from home and too scared to come out of the woods.
"She is what we refer to as a STARS dog, shy, timid, aloof, reserved and skittish," said Queen, a field agent with Lost Pet Professionals, who the Senterfitts hired to find their dog.
Sasha keeps moving and will not settle down.
"She's extremely athletic and very much on the run," Queen said.
Queen and her team of tracker dogs, Camden, Teagan and Gus set out to find Sasha.
"They pick up any scent that's out here, including any dog out here," Queen said.
Queen and her team are in luck. Someone who lives near the Big Creek Greenway has spotted Sasha, and Queen's dogs confirm it.
"She's still covering a lot of ground, which tells me she's still healthy," Queen said.
Senterfitt finally has a reason to optimistic after weeks of searching.
"If she fells confident, then I'm confident. This is the first glimmer of hope we've had in a long time," Senterfitt said.
Queen said she will put out a crate with food in it.
The Senterfitts will even set up a barbecue, hoping to entice the dog to come out.
The kennel, Rawson Pet Helpers, has offered to pay for the tracker, but did not return CBS 46's call.
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