Your feel-good story of the week

I couldn’t help a smile and a warm fuzzy feeling over this report.

Georgia Bradley, 25, was on a beach [in Greece] alone when she was surrounded by aggressive men who grabbed her when she rejected their advances.

But just at that moment, [a] small, black dog “appeared from nowhere” and started barking at the men, scaring them off.

. . .

She said the dog must have noticed something was wrong and had “saved her”.

After the incident, it followed Miss Bradley back to her apartment and she said they had an instant bond.

The Plymouth University student believed the dog, whom she called Pepper, had been abandoned as she had seen it wandering around the town alone.

“Pretty much every evening we saw her around outside the bars and restaurants, trying to get the attention of the tourists,” she said.

“Every time we got close to her she wouldn’t let you stroke her. She was very gentle, but was too scared to let you close.”

She tried to persuade a local animal shelter to take her in but was unsuccessful and eventually had to return home to Calstock, Cornwall.

Miss Bradley added: “When we left to go to the airport, we looked back and Pepper was running after the car. It was heartbreaking.

“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 with the mutt 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.

The dog was confirmed as a stray and Miss Bradley had Pepper microchipped, wormed with a rabies jab and given a pet passport. It had to spend 21 days in quarantine in boarding kennels but was eventually allowed to travel to Britain.

When Miss Bradley returned to Crete for a third time to collect Pepper, the kennel owner told her that her new pet was pregnant.

A week after arriving back in the UK, Pepper, who is believed to be a Terrier Poodle Cross, gave birth to six puppies.

Miss Bradley said: “It has been such a crazy journey. But I am over the moon. Pepper has settled in brilliantly.”

There’s more at the link.

Yeah, I’m a sucker for a happy ending . . .



  1. That's how we wound up with our two rescue cats. One was literally at death's door and just laid down on our stoop and stared at us.

    The other showed up on our deck, crashed on our sundeck for a few days, then walked over to the door, sat down, and looked from the door us with a very obvious "well?" look.

    Very affectionate animals and lethal mousers.

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