Sarah Harding flees London with her pet pooch Claude

Sarah Harding goes on a date with Claude! Singer embarks on road to recovery by fleeing London with her pet pooch

The best thing about a pet is they can't answer back.

And after Sarah Harding's latest holiday fiasco in Austria, taking a vacation with her pooch seems to be nothing short of a perfect partnership.

The singer is embarking on the road to recovery following a stint in rehab and a brief fling with Theo De Vries that left her bruised and battered.

Time for a holiday: Sarah Harding was seen leaving London with a large bag and her pet pooch for company

Time for a holiday: Sarah Harding was seen leaving London with a large bag and her pet pooch for company

But the Girls Aloud star looked positively radiant yesterday as she packed up her Range Rover and headed out of London for the weekend.

Sarah was seen filling up her silver vehicle with an oversized purple handbag and, of course, her French Bulldog for company.

Fresh start: Sarah looked in high spirits following her recent troubles with ex-boyfriend Theo De Vries

Fresh start: Sarah looked in high spirits following her split from Theo De Vries

Unfortunately the canine, named Claude,
wasn't granted the privilege of a front seat passenger view and was
cooped up in the boot with luggage.

Amidst reports that she is currently writing a solo album, using it as a means of self-therapy by keeping the lyrics autobiographical, Sarah is also believed to be rekindling her romance with ex-fianc Tom Crane.

Mummy duties: Sarah scooped up her dog ready to pop him in the boot

Mummy duties: Sarah scooped up her dog ready to pop him in the boot

The 31-year-old DJ flew into London from Ibiza last week to see her.

A source told the Daily Mirror: 'Tom
and Sarah speak daily. She had been texting and phoning him before the
incident with Theo, but Tom only got back in touch after it happened. He
was genuinely worried for her.

Buckle up: The French bulldog didn't look too happy about being cooped up in the back

Buckle up: The French bulldog didn't look too happy about being cooped up in the back

Buckle up: Claude didn't look too happy about being cooped up in the back

'They love each other, and that’s the
bottom line. Everyone is hoping they’ll get back together but Sarah
knows she has to sort herself out first.

'Tom has said he’s there for her but they aren’t back together just yet.'

Having dated for nearly four years,
Tom proposed on New Year's Eve 2010 during a holiday in the Maldives –
before calling it off last September.

Reality bites: Even popstars have the menial task of filling up their cars with petrol

Reality bites: Even popstars have the menial task of filling up their cars with petrol