British Student Adopts Stray Dog That Saved Her From Attack In Crete

A British woman has adopted the stray dog that saved her from two men in Crete.

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Georgia Bradley, 25, was walking on a quiet beach in Crete while her boyfriend was in a nearby café when she was approached by two men. The men asked her to go for a drink with them and she refused. They asked her again, but this time when she refused one of them grabbed her arm and the pair became aggressive. As Georgia began to panic, an unlikely hero came to her rescue: a small black dog.

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The stray ‘shot out of nowhere, jumped up at me and began barking and licking my hand, and that made the men think twice,’ Georgia, who studies at Plymouth University, said.  ‘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. ‘

Georgia took the dog to an animal shelter and then a local vet, but neither was interested in taking the dog in. Georgia and her boyfriend say the dog, which they named Pepper, began to follow them around Georgioupoli, and when they finally left for the airport she ran after the car.

‘It was heartbreaking,’ Georgia 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 with Pepper, 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.

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The dog was confirmed as a stray and Miss Bradley had Pepper microchipped, wormed with a rabies jab and given a pet passport. Pepper 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.

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