Owner of dog that went for wild ride in car fender says he’s taking steps so she won’t escape again

This Sept. 20, 2012 photo provided by the East Providence, R.I., Animal Control Center shows animal control officers removing a female poodle mix from under a car's front grill. The dog survived an 11-mile ride from Taunton, Mass., to East Providence after darting into the street. The driver slammed on the brakes, but didn't see the dog and continued driving. Authorities are trying to locate the dog's owner. (William Muggle/East Providence Animal Control Center via AP)
Suzie got stuck in an opening below the license plate.
William Muggle/ East Providence Animal Control Center

Suzie, the poodle mix that was hit by a car and driven for 11 miles wedged in the front of the vehicle, is happy to be home. But her owners are taking steps to ensure a similar incident doesn’t happen again.

This Sept. 20, 2012 photo p[rovided by the East Providence, R.I., Animal Control Center shows a female poodle mix that animal control officers removed from under a car's front grill. The dog survived an 11-mile ride from Taunton, Mass., to East Providence after darting into the street. The driver slammed on the brakes, but didn't see the dog and continued driving. Authorities are trying to locate the dog's owner. (AP Photo/East Providence Animal Control Center)
Suzie was injured but is now “back to her usual self,” owner says. (East Providence Animal Control Center)
AP

“She was gone and I couldn’t find her anywhere,” said Suzie’s owner, Peter, who did not want his last name published. “They do move fast.”

Peter had let the 6-year-old poodle mix out in the backyard of his Dighton home on Sept. 20. He said he got distracted a bit and when he went to let Suzie back in, she was nowhere to be found.

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“She dug a hole up under the fence,” he said in a telephone interview. “She digs from time to time. She’s dug out once before and got out.”

He contacted animal control services in Dighton and Rehoboth the next day but heard nothing until a friend of his saw Suzie on the 11 o’clock news, Peter said.

He went to the East Providence Animal Control Center to pick Suzie up and said she was very excited to see him.

“She’s happy to see anybody,” he said. “Give a treat and she’s happy.”

Peter said his three children were thrilled to have their beloved dog back safe and sound and that he has given them some responsibility to make sure Suzie doesn’t get into any more trouble.

“My kids are going to walk her,” he said.

He also plans to set up a dog run using a long leash and clothesline so that Suzie can dig all she wants without escaping the yard.

Peter said Suzie has become a worldwide celebrity, but that he didn’t want to exaggerate the ordeal.

“I really tried not to make it more than the dog got out, she was saved, let’s move on,” he said.

He asked that Suzie’s fans donate to the East Providence Animal Control Center to help defray the cost of her vet bills.

The small poodle suffered a concussion, a bladder injury, and lost a tooth, but Peter said she is back to her usual self.

“She just runs around like crazy,” he said.