When it comes to protecting the humans they love, some dogs will really go all out, and display the most stunning courage you can imagine. 25-year-old British tourist Georgia Bradley learned this recently, when two men attacked her while she was on vacation in Crete, a popular holiday island off the coast of Greece.
She explained, “I decided to go for a walk along the beach, and found two Greek men who kept harassing me to go out for a drink. I kept telling them I didn’t want to. Then one of them grabbed me on the arm and I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was on my own and it was a very scary and difficult situation.” As the men began to behave more aggressively, however, a small black dog “appeared from nowhere” and barked angrily at them, scaring them away.
After the frightening incident, the dog followed Bradley back to her apartment, and they developed an instant bond. This was not the first time the two had seen each other. Bradley said, “Pretty much every evening (my boyfriend and I) saw her around outside the bars and restaurants, trying to get the attention of the tourists. 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.”
Bradley attempted to persuade a local animal shelter in Crete to take in the dog – whom she affectionately called “Pepper” – but was unsuccessful.
When her vacation eventually came to an end, she was devastated to have to say goodbye.
Pepper ran alongside the car as they were leaving, and when they arrived home, Bradley said, “I couldn’t stop thinking about her so I took the soonest flight back out that I could, which was two weeks later.” It took her five more weeks – and two further trips back to Crete – before she finally tracked Pepper down again … on the very same beach where she had saved her from attack.
Pepper was confirmed as a stray, and Bradley began the process of microchipping, vaccinating, and procuring a pet passport for her beloved rescuer. She also learned that Pepper was pregnant! A week after arriving home to her new home in Cornwall, England, this amazing dog gave birth to six puppies.
Bradley said, “It has been such a crazy journey. But I am over the moon. Pepper has settled in brilliantly.”
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