(CNN/Meredith) – A Wisconsin couple's worst nightmare came true when their dog wound up missing. Luckily for them, a drone pilot responded to their call for help.
Mollie and Steven Schrodi say what was supposed to be a routine walk through the McMillan Marsh with Jax, ended up taking a turn for the worse.
"He had seen something and took off after it and wouldn't come back. I didn't hear anything from him."
The couple ended up coming home that night without their furry companion.
"He just brings so much energy to our house. When he was not there, it was so quiet. And not in a good way."
After their social media post asking for help got the attention of local entrepreneur and drone pilot Branden Bodendorfer.
He knew he had the tool just right for the job.
"We searched just over 360 acres in a matter of a few hours."
Bodendorfer brought a team to help search with his drone.
It took a couple days before Jax was located.
"We were just overjoyed to have him back, he looked perfect! I was so surprised at how good he looked. I was expecting the worst driving here."
Bodendorfer says he was just doing the right thing.
"Today it was a dog. Tomorrow it could be someone's grandma, it could be someone's child. I mean you have to do it. That's our role as humans."
But for the Schrodis, he’s a hero and the reason they'll likely get to spend many more happy years with their lovable pooch.
"He saved Jax. There's no two ways about it. He is the reason we have Jax."
Jax was missing for three days.
The McMillan Marsh, where he was found, is a wildlife area spanning about 6,500 acres.
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