“He bolted out of his dog collar and was gone in ten seconds,” Ivor told the Herald.

“He’d only been with us two days it was a shock to us all. Since then Elvis has been spotted all over the place but I always knew I’d see him again, he was always on my mind.”

For Ivor and his wife Jeanette, each day brought more worry as they heard reports that Elvis had been spotted near the M40 at junction 15, A46 near Leek Wootton, Snitterfield, Stratford Racecourse, Shottery, Alveston, Loxley and finally Charlecote where he was tracked down on Sunday night.

It capped off a memorable family weekend for Ivor and Jeanette whose son Stuart got married the day before on Saturday.

“What a weekend we had. First the wedding and then Elvis turning up on Sunday it was like the icing on the wedding cake!” Ivor said.

Ivor has nothing but praise for the people who helped rescue Elvis and searched for him doggedly during the three week hunt for the missing pack hound.

“They’re nothing short of fantastic, all of them,” he added.

What did become obvious from the start of Elvis going missing was the power of social media.

A Facebook page titled Help Find Elvis The Hound was set up and achieved 12,000 hits and over 700 ‘Likes’. People regularly phoned and texted possible sightings of the missing there-year-old canine.

Jeanette with Elvis after he was found.

Jeanette relaxes at home with Elvis after he was found.

One of the many concerned dog lovers who stayed on the trail of Elvis was Trisha Shaw from Warwick whose own dog Tinkerbell raised the alarm when it sniffed out Elvis under the hedge.

“He was very nervous and it took four or five hours to coax him out,” Trisha said.

“We had a lot of help from everyone including off duty police officer Natasha Susnik who spent most of Sunday evening lying on the ground trying to feed Elvis dog food so we could slip a lead on him and eventually it worked.”