FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A U.S. Army soldier coming home from Afghanistan has yet to find out that his beloved dog is missing.
A viewer says that the dog, Rico, ran away from his home near Marion on March 12.
"I can't imagine coming home from war to find out your best friend has gone missing," the viewer said.
The soldier's wife, Shenna Seidner, said that she and her husband raised Rico from the time he was a puppy. She wants to make sure when her husband gets home, the whole family is there to welcome him back.
"Having Rico has been great," Seidner said Friday night. "There's no doubt in my mind that there's no better fit for me than this dog. Having him there as a companion, as an army wife, is just so comforting on days when Caleb is gone and I have to stay home alone."
Seidner said she panicked and cried when she learned her dog had gone missing, our sister station WANE reports.
For Seidner, the search will come to an end soon. On Sunday, she will move to Texas, and will soon be joined by her husband when he returns from his deployment. Seidner's relatives will continue to search the area for the four-legged family member.
On Thursday, Seidner finally packed Rico's toys and other belongings.
"It was a very emotional day," she said. "I just continue to have faith that somebody is going to call and say, I've got your dog."
Seidner and other animal advocates have taken to social media, hoping the public can help find Rico. Even complete strangers have helped with the search.
"Her motivation to get out and look motivated me to want to help," said Charlie Shafer, who never met the Seidner family until he saw them searching for Rico. Shafer was walking his dog when he met the Seidner family.
Tips come into the family on a daily basis. People have told the Seidner family that they've seen Rico around Marion, Sweetser, and even as far away as a park in Kokomo. Saturday morning, the family plans to check out a new tip.
"He said he thought he saw Rico at the human society," Seidner said.
Rico is an Airedale , with a green collar, and is micro chipped. If found, you can take Rico to any veterinarian or shelter to be scanned and get him back home.
The family is offering a $200 reward to anyone who finds Rico.
Anyone with information on the missing dog can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 765-618-9866.
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