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Jack Russell survives trip from Bangor to Belfast clinging to car engine

A Co Down pooch had a lucky escape after being taken on a 17-mile road trip while clinging to the engine of a German tourist's car.

It is believed black and tan Jack Russell Clyde climbed into the engine outside a guest house run by his owner Chris Mullen in Bangor.

The German visitors has been staying at Cairn Bay Guest House before setting off for Titanic Belfast last week.

They then travelled into Belfast City Centre before making their way to Belfast Castle.

The tourists later heard a noise coming from the vehicle and after getting help from passers-by, the car was jacked up and the five-year-old dog was found perched under a wheel arch close to the engine.

Mr Mullen says his family was worried after Clyde went missing overnight.

They then got a phone call telling them Clyde had turned up safely at Belfast Castle - almost 17 miles from his home.

“I was sure something bad had happened to him, he said.

Mr Mullen, who is currently on holiday on the north coast with Clyde, said his four legged friend is continuing to recover after his adventure.

“We brought him straight to the vet, he had cuts and burns he is not 100 percent yet but he is a survivor.”

His relieved owner revealed that Clyde has had a lucky escape before.

“He has been run over by a car and went under the car when he was a pup,” he said.

“It was me that ran over him.”

Mr Mullen said he was “over the moon” to have Clyde back home safely.

“He is getting a lot of TLC,” he said.

Clyde the dog survived a journey from Bangor to Belfast in the engine of a German tourist's car

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