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Helping lost pets in the cold weather

If you have any information on Tinkerbell's wherabouts, the Close family asks you call them at 715-828-6280.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "We love animals, we want to provide a good home for them," said Todd Close.

You could say he and his family of Eau Claire have a passion for puppies and dogs.

They are like members of the family and that is why they have done almost all they can to try and track down their dog, Tinkerbell who has been missing since September.

"She wandered off with our beagle hound Sparky, Sparky came home and Tinkerbell didn't," he said.

They have printed 400 to 500 flyers, put up a big sign at the end of their driveway and taken to Facebook, Craigslist and social media.

"After she was missing for a day or so we started to panic and called the animal shelter to see if anyone had turned her in," Close said.

And that is a good first step says Dr. Joan Schumacher, a veterinarian at Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital. She also recommends calling your vet if the pet could be identified with a Rabies tag. If you happen to find a lost animal, use caution.

"Always approach a dog or cat with some caution so you don't get bit and just handle them carefully," she added.

But she says with our bitterly cold weather you could bring it in a garage; even wrap it in a towel as you get help.

"If she knew you really well, she would lick you and lick you," said Karli Close, Todd's daughter.

She has been writing Santa himself, hoping that helps bring Tinkerbell home.

Her letter reads: Dear Santa, since you're Santa and make kids wishes come true everywhere, can you please make Tinkerbell come home? If you can't that's okay. But if you can, that would be the best present ever. Sincerely, Karli.

A Christmas wish she says this year is at the top of her list.

"I was just thinking if it was close to Christmas I could just find her in a box under the tree," she added.

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