Elvis has left the building
JOHN McPherson and his dog Elvis were a two-man band.
"But he was the frontman," Mr McPherson said.
At least, until last Thursday when Elvis the Jack Russell went out for his morning walk and didn't come back.
Mr McPherson is bound to a wheelchair after breaking his neck in a motocross accident 10 years ago and for the past six years he has spent most days on his property in Goonellabah, watching birds and hanging out with Elvis.
In fact, as Mr McPherson described his lost mate, there were toys and bowls of water placed around the veranda in the hope of Elvis's return.
"I've found myself looking over at his bed and forgetting he's not here," he said.
"Since he's been gone I've realised just how much of a companion he was."
However, the devastated owner said he is being pragmatic about what has happened to the furry frontman.
"When Elvis didn't come back for the first two nights I thought he must have been bitten by a snake or hit by a car on the road," Mr McPherson said.
"It's a big property and these kinds of things happen."
But the entire family have scoured Mr McPherson's property and they haven't found the little dog's body.
"I don't think he's on the farm because I would have found him," Mr McPherson said.
He said he is desperate to solve the mystery of Elvis's disappearance, comparing the way he feels to losing a child.
"Dead or alive I just want to find Elvis.
"He was my best mate and I want some closure," he said.
Elvis is a fine-haired Jack Russell-cross dachshund.
He is small and has a white body with brown spots and a brown face.