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Facebook helps reunite dogs and family

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How often do you see a plea to re-post something on Facebook? Do you think it really helps? A Rolling Prairie couple says an emphatic, "yes!"

They turned to social media to help find their babies... their two Golden Retrievers. And they say Facebook made all the difference.

Stephanie Hein says, "I cried everyday, like all day."

Tim Hein says, "You don't realize how much they mean to you 'til they are gone."

Stephanie and Tim Hein are talking about their Golden Retrievers, Cinnamon and Maggie.

They were just recently reunited with the four legged mother and daughter.  The duo was missing for 5 days.

Tim says, "They'll mostly back through here through the woods and mosey a little bit."

The dog's moseying turned into deer chasing on Tuesday.  The family was standing nearby and went after them.

Tim says, "We heard her out there and kept going through the woods and eventually lost her."

His wife says, "It was horrible because they are like my kids. I couldn't sleep. I got up every morning really early to go out and check the woods."

And for 5 days, they, along with family and friends, searched Rolling Prairie on foot, by car, logging mile after mile, posting fliers.

And then they posted the touching picture on Facebook asking for help. I saw it and re-posted, as did hundreds of others.

Tuesday morning, one of my re-posters added the tip that the dogs were seen on 900 North. At the same time, a woman who lives on 900 North was texting Stephanie - saying she thought they'd been on her porch that morning.

When Tim got there, he found them in the field behind that woman's home... 7 miles from home.

He says, "They were definitely happy to see me. Maggie was, she was crying.  I teared up.  It was pretty emotional for everybody."

The couple says, "I don't think we would've found our dogs without Facebook."  "It's amazing what people can accomplish when they come together like that."

Tim says the experience has restored his faith in people. As for Stephanie, she's going to start re-posting things more and says she can't express her thanks enough.

The couple says they will never again leave their sight!

"Talking about getting those g.p.s. collars, maybe." 

Stephanie says, "That's never gonna happen because they are never getting loose ever again.  It was torture." 

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