One year on, and yet to lose hope.
Jen Lawton and her boyfriend were left making the tough decision of whether or not to evacuate their Tumblong home as the Dunns Road bushfire approached the town.
While standing in their yard, the couple's two dogs - Tikka and Boof - made up their own minds and "took off down to the river".
"We weren't too worried at the start because we thought they'd just be down at the water waiting it out and that they'd come back, but we waited and waited, and they never did," Miss Lawton said.
Numerous calls to the pound and rangers as far away as Albury turned up nothing.
Miss Lawton said despite their unsuccessful efforts, they never gave up hope.
"We were meant to move to Mount Isa about a month after they went missing, so we kept looking and looking and trying to hang around, pestering the neighbours, just in case they came back," she said.
Now living in Finlay, the young couple were thankful that they came out relatively unscathed following the bushfire.
"It got pretty close to us when it got to Adelong, but we're very lucky it stopped there," Miss Lawton said.
"I know there are so many people in the same boat and worse who lost their cattle and other animals, and their homes, but we would love to see our dogs come home."
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Tikka is a red female Kelpie, about two years old, while Boof is a three-year-old black and white Staghound cross Pointer.
"Boof is really unique too in that he has big scars up his legs after he got attacked by a kangaroo, and he's missing a canine tooth as well," Miss Lawton said.
"They were rascals together, always running around and getting up to mischief so I hope they have at least stayed together."