Sunday 17 November 2019

Woman flies 6000 miles to bring home stray that saved her from attack

A breach in Crete
A breach in Crete

David Kearns

A student who was attacked by two men in Greece and saved by a stray dog has flown over 6,000 miles to adopt the heroic pooch.

Georgia Bradley (25) was on a beach in Crete when she was approached by two men who reportedly grabbed her after she refused to go for a drink with them.

Struggling to break free of the men’s hold, her cries for help caught the attention of a small black dog who ran over and started barking at the pair.

Refusing to leave the young student’s side as the men tried to drag her away, the stray pooch eventually forced the men to run off as its yelps attracted other beach-goers nearby.

Georgia Bradley
Georgia Bradley

“Pepper shot out of nowhere, jumped up at me and began barking and licking my hand, and that made the men think twice,” said Ms Bradley.

“She saved me. She must have noticed something was wrong. When I went back to the apartment she followed me and finally let us stroke her. We had an instant bond. When we left to go to the airport, we looked back and Pepper was running after the car. It was heartbreaking.”

Returning home to Calstock in the UK, the 25-year-old told The Plymouth Herald that she was unable to stop thinking about her canine rescuer.

She said: “When I got home I couldn’t stop thinking about her so I took the soonest flight back out that I could, which was two weeks later.”

Desperate to be reunited, she began a five-week mission to find the stray, which involved two further trips to the island.

Having flown 6,000 miles back and forth, it was on her third attempt that she finally found Pepper on the same beach.

“It was a real risk because we may never have found her again. But when we saw Pepper on the beach, it was the best feeling ever.”

Pepper then had to spend 21 days in quarantine before being able to travel to the UK.

There was one final twist to the tale when, after a week in the UK, Pepper gave birth to six puppies.

“It has been such a crazy journey. But I am over the moon. Pepper has settled in brilliantly,” Ms Bradley added.

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