A BELOVED family pet was reunited with its doting family after it launched an audacious bid for freedom before being found dozens of miles away on a busy main road.
Mother-of-five Claire Phazey said her family was sick with worry after their pet dog Xian escaped from their garden.
The three-year-old Siberian Husky had been bought to help her six-year-old son Cameron cope with his autism and ADHD.
The family’s nightmare only ended when a member of Burton Fire Station’s Blue Watch found the intrepid canine wandering along the A47 - 30 miles away from the family’s home in Washford Heath, Birmingham.
Mrs Phazey, 27, said: “I was gobsmacked when I found out where she was.
“I didn’t know what to think.
“It was such a relief he was found because it has helped to calm Cameron down - he had been hysterical but is now over the moon.”
The family’s ordeal started last Thursday when Xian broke free from her harness, wriggled through a hedge and jumped over a tall fence before being taken for a walk.
Mrs Phazey said there was no trace of Xian, despite her best efforts to chase after the family pet.
She said: “I tried to chase her but she was really fast and my friend tried to run after her as well.
“I went out and looked for her but there was no indication of where she went.”
The family were reunited with the canine after receiving a call to say Xian had been found and was being given five-star-treatment, including a shampoo, at Burton Fire Station, in Moor Street.
It’s not the first time Xian has made a bid for freedom, Mrs Phazey said.
“He’s got out before and ended up four miles away at Birmingham Dogs Home,” she said.
“We can only try to stop her from getting out, but she is here now.
“We have also put our contact details on her collar now, but our fence still is not big enough.”