GRATEFUL RETURN: Five year old Staffy 'Coco' went missing for a week and was a pet to former owner, Mitchell Terrick. Pictured with Mitch's sister-in-law Ashley Terrick.
GRATEFUL RETURN: Five year old Staffy 'Coco' went missing for a week and was a pet to former owner, Mitchell Terrick. Pictured with Mitch's sister-in-law Ashley Terrick. Glen Porteous

'She meant so much to Mitch': grateful Mum

AFTER the devastating death of a loved one and subsequent disappearance of his dog, friends and family rallied to honour him the best way they could - getting his beloved pooch back.

Mitchell Terrick's life ended sometime over the weekend of April 20 - he had succumbed to depression and took his own life.

It was during this time his five-year-old staffy, Coco, went missing from Biloela.

Frantic friends and family put out a search for the much-loved dog.

A week later on April 27, Coco was found at a farmer's shed around Mt Murchison, sporting a small injury to her front leg.

Mitchell's mother Debbie Lowndes was grateful for the dog being found as it was something positive in a time of grief.

"There will be a service for Mitchell in Brisbane this weekend and Coco will be going down to live there as well,” Ms Lowndes said.

"He was 28 years old when the 'black dog' (depression) got the better of him.

"I was absolutely devastated when I heard about her going missing and how people pulled out all stops to try to find her because Coco meant so much to Mitchell.”

Ms Lowndes runs registered charity Staffies United Rescue and knows how important a dog can be to someone battling depression.

"When it comes to people with depression, animals - especially dogs - can be so helpful to get a person through it,” she said.

"When you take the dog out for a walk and exercise, it helps to release endorphins, which can make a person feel better.”

If you are thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis, help is available. Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.