‘Betty Boop’, a Jack Russell puppy, somehow climbed into engine of a neighbor’s Audi A4 and then got wedged in.
Unwittingly, Gavin Juliette, 42, then drove the 12-mile round trip to pick up his mother-in-law. When they returned he heard the whimpering, lifted the hood and shockingly saw Betty Boop staring back at him.
Gavin and the dog’s owner Gary James, 33, both of James Henry Avenue near Manchester, rapidly removed the engine piece by piece to rescue little Boop who was remarkably unhurt.
Gary said that the little pup doesn’t show any signs of remembering the ordeal. “We just couldn’t believe what had happened and it was even harder to believe how she’d survived. It’s a good job Gavin wasn’t going to Blackpool or he’d have probably ended up with a hot dog.”
He 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 kids as if nothing happened. I’ll definitely be keeping the front gate locked from now on.”
Betty Boop’s apparent reenactment of Robert Deniro in Cape Fear began when she escaped from her yard and wandered off. Her owners almost instantly knew she was missing and began panicking, but could not find Betty Boop.
Somehow the puppy found a tiny shelf in the engine to sit on. Driver, Gavin said he was confused when they got home. “We thought (the barking) was coming from the garden but then I put my ear to the bonnet. I opened it and the little fella was just there glaring back at me, I couldn’t believe it. It’s not the smallest dog and I still can’t quite work out how it managed to get itself there. It’s absolutely bizarre.”
“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.”
Betty Boop has had many visitors the last few days from people wanting to meet the fantastic miracle puppy.