A stray dog that recently saved a British woman from two violent men in Greece has found a new home.
Georgia Bradley, student at Plymouth University, was on vacation in Georgioupoli, Greece, on the island of Crete when she found herself being harassed by two aggressive men on a local beach.
Her boyfriend was at a nearby cafe when the two men approached Bradley and demanded that she get a drink with them. Bradley declined multiple times before the men became violent and began to grab her. Just then, a small black dog appeared and scared the two men away. Bradley explained:
“[The dog] shot out of nowhere, jumped up at me and began barking and licking my hand, and that made the men think twice. She saved me. She must have noticed something was wrong.
“We had an instant bond … We went right round the town to see if she had an owner, but we couldn’t find one and we had to fly the next day.”
They decided that “Pepper” was a good name for their new friend, but when they tried to take her to a local vet and animal hospital, they were turned away. They couldn’t find Pepper a home, and to make matters worse, the dog followed the couple back to their hotel.
“We closed the door and she waited outside the apartment, but disappeared by the morning.
“When we left [the next morning] to go to the airport, we looked back and Pepper was running after the car. It was heartbreaking.”
The next morning, Bradley arrived back at her home in Calstock, Cornwall, but couldn’t stop thinking about the the dog. It wasn’t long before Bradley decided that she needed to go back to Greece and figure out the dog’s situation. Two weeks later, Bradley and her boyfriend were back on an airplane heading for Georgioupoli.
Bradley admitted that the trip was a risk because there was no way of telling where the dog could have gone while they were back in the United Kingdom. When they landed in Greece, the couple headed straight for the beach, and, sure enough, the black dog was still there. Bradley said:
“When we saw Pepper on the beach, it was the best feeling ever.”
The couple was able to confirm that Pepper was a stray. They took her to the vet and spent thousands of pounds on vaccinations and travel forms so that they could give Pepper a proper home.
Pepper spent the next 21 days in boarding kennels being quarantined before she was allowed to travel across country borders.
Bradley flew 6,000 miles within five weeks, and upon her third visit to Crete to pick up Pepper, the kennel owner informed Bradley that her new pet was pregnant with six puppies.