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Jack Russell travels 12 miles in engine bay

Jack Russell terrier named Betty Boop that escaped from a garden and climbed under a car bonnet ends up going on a 12-mile journey. 

A driver was astonished to find a neighbour’s Jack Russell trapped in his car engine after he had been driving for 12 miles. Gavin Juliette had driven from Ordsall to Swinton in Greater Manchester to pick up his mother-in-law in his Audi A4 when he realised the dog was stuck under the bonnet.

He went to call the owner, Gary James, who by this point had started to panic after realising his beloved quadruped called Betty Boop was missing. The unwanted passenger managed to find a plastic shelf to sit on, but along the journey she became stuck in the pipework. Fortunately no harm was done.

It wasn’t until Mr Juliette heard barking in the engine bay that he called Mr James over for help. The pair took apart the engine, to find Betty Boop staring back up at them. “We just couldn’t believe what had happened and it was even harder to believe how she’d survived,” Mr James explained. “It’s a good job Gavin wasn’t going to Blackpool or he’d have probably ended up with a hot dog.”

Mr James added: “When I first saw her in there I thought she was bound to be injured or badly burned- but, apart from being covered in oil and a bit shaky, she was fine. Now she’s completely back to normal and playing with the children as if nothing happened. I’ll definitely be keeping the front gate locked from now on.”

Mr Juliette said: “I still don’t get how it survived, with the heat in there and the fan spinning, but I’m just glad for Gary and his family it was a happy ending.”

It seems dogs and cars have a unique relationship. There was the dog who ate his owner’s Aston Martin, the dog who holds his owner’s hand for reassurance while travelling in the car and, on a darker note, the dog who killed his owner by running him over.


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