When holidaymaker Georgia Bradley was approached by two men on a remote stretch of beach in Crete she immediately knew that she was in danger. As she refused their advances they became increasingly aggressive and grabbed her by the arm.
Just as Georgia began to panic up ran a scruffy black dog who barked incessantly until the men left. The little stray then stood by her side until they were out of sight. When Georgia went back to her apartment the little dog followed her and finally let her stroke her. They had an instant bond.
Georgia and her boyfriend were flying home the next day and she tried in vain to find the dog a home. She took her to an animal shelter and a local vet but was turned away by both.
When the couple left to go to the airport, they looked back and the little dog was running after their car. When Georgia got home she couldn’t stop thinking about the dog so she took a flight back out two weeks later. Desperate to be reunited with the dog she began an epic five week mission to find the stray – that involved two further trips to the island. The student was amazed to find the stray on the same beach, in the small town of Georgioupoli, Crete.
Having had the dog confirmed as a stray, Georgia paid for vet treatment, got her a passport and, after 21 days in quarantine, she was able to bring her home. She named her Pepper.
Georgia said “It has been such a crazy journey. But I am over the moon. Pepper has settled in brilliantly.”
And in one final twist to the tale, Pepper gave birth to six puppies a week later. Disney couldn’t have written it better themselves!