And thanks to the efforts of over 120 people, two drones and the smell of sizzling sausages, they are now home safe.
Liz and Graham Hampson, of Cockermouth, were distraught when miniature schnauzers Charlie and Theo disappeared on Friday, on top of Buttermere fell Red Pike.
The dogs were being walked by their son, John, who lost sight of them after the mist came in.
He phoned his mum who, within minutes of them disappearing, had launched a campaign, contacting mountain rescue teams, friends and family.
More than 120 people took to the hills over the next four days and even drones were used. More than 50,000 people were reached through Facebook and Twitter.
Liz said: “I was beside myself when John called. The dogs walk off lead when there is no livestock around and are used to being on the fells.”
Liz, who works in emergency planning at the police headquarters in Penrith, and Graham, …