BRENDAN De Salis was one happy man today, standing alongside his beloved dog after four harrowing days apart.

The Hobart man was on a month-long road trip to Cairns when he lost his dog Chloe in Bajool on Tuesday night, after stopping to help another motorist.

Brendans De Salis speaks to The Morning Bulletin:

She had slipped out of her collar and into the night - and Brendan had no idea until he pulled up just outside of Rockhampton.

"I got out and I just broke down because it was just her collar there and no dog," he said.

Brendan sent out a desperate plea on Facebook, and the Rockhampton community responded.

In the days following Chloe's disappearance, the community rallied behind Brendan in his search for her.

Then finally, as hope was beginning to disappear, Queensland National Parks Ranger Julian Lawton found Chloe in a Bajool paddock on Saturday morning.

A Facebook post by Brendan just after he found Chloe Photo: Contributed
A Facebook post by Brendan just after he found Chloe Photo: Contributed Trinette Stevens

"I never lost hope... it was the most surreal experience when I saw her there," Brendan said.

"I couldn't believe her tail was wagging, she was so unwell."

Chloe is a bit skinny, and a bit tired, but is doing well.

Brendan said he could not thank the Rockhampton community enough for their help and support.



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