A FOUR-YEAR-OLD Border Collie sits at the front door, waiting. She’s desperate for her father, Max, to come home.
And she’s determined not to move until he does.
Jess is part of a Point Cook family searching for their 12-year-old black and white Border Collie, Max.
Max went missing on Good Friday at Benarca Forest which is off Perricoota Rd in Moama.
Julie Murphy, the mother of the family, said Max was a beautiful dog.
‘‘Max is very gentle and very friendly so we thought if he got lost he would have gone to another camp,’’ Julie said.
‘‘I don’t know how to describe him, he’s just beautiful.
‘‘Jess is here at the front door waiting for him to come home.
‘‘She won’t even come into the lounge room. She just sits there. It breaks our hearts.’’
Since Max went missing, Julie has made hundreds of post on Facebook searching for signs of him.
‘‘And the support has been absolutely incredible.’’
Julie, her husband Andrew and daughter Tahlia, have searched both sides of the Murray River and all through the forest but so far found no trace of Max.
And although they have been told about sightings of Border Collies, none have turned out to be Max.
‘‘People have seen black and white Border Collies thinking it’s him but it hasn’t been,’’ Julie said.
‘‘I’ve had people tell me they’ve been driving around looking for him. The support has been incredible.
‘‘I can’t even describe how amazing the people have been. We had a sighting at Barmah so we went out there for two days looking but found nothing.
‘‘We got there on Easter Thursday.
‘‘Someone got up at 4am on Friday to go to the toilet and he was there but when I got up at 8am he wasn’t there.’’
But the strangest thing, Julie said, was that Jess was.
‘‘She’s like his Siamese twin so it’s bizarre that he wasn’t there,’’ she said.
Six dogs were camping in Moama with the Murphy family and Julie said Max was the last one she would have thought to go missing.
‘‘It’s just not like him,’’ Julie said. ‘‘We were still in bed. He doesn’t usually leave the caravan until we get up. We’ve had friends trying to entice him with chops and sausages but he won’t move until we get up.’’
Anyone with information can phone Julie on 0408226535, Andrew on 0418226535 or Tahlia on 0447422172.