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        • Practcally Cretan
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        ‘Pepper’ the stray terrier, saved  Georgia Bradley a holidaying uni student from Plymouth from two aggressive Greeks on a Georgioupoli beach. Georgia was so appreciative she adopted Pepper, got her back to UK, then found out she (the dog) was pregnant. Pepper delivered six puppies.

        Daily Mail story as reported in the Chania Post (with pic of Georgia and Pepper)

        "A British woman saved by a stray dog from an attack in Greece has spent thousands of pounds to bring the animal home to live with her.

        Holidaymaker Georgia Bradley, 25 was on a remote beach in Crete when two men approached her and asked her to go for a drink.

        When the student, whose boyfriend was in a nearby cafe at the time, rejected their advances, the men became aggressive.

        But as one of them violently grabbed her arm, a small black dog ran over and started barking at them.

        Miss Bradley said: ‘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.’
        She said the dog – which she has named Pepper – ‘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. When I went back to the apartment she followed me and finally let us stroke her.

        ‘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.’

        Miss Bradley, who studies at Plymouth University, took the dog to an animal shelter and a local vet but was turned away by both.

        She and her boyfriend suspected the dog was abandoned as they saw it wandering around the town alone.

        She said: ‘Pretty much every evening we 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.

        ‘Several times she followed us around and we wondered what we could do.
        ‘We would close the door and she would wait outside the apartment, but disappear by the morning.’

        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.’

        The student was amazed to find the stray on the same beach, in the small town of Georgioupoli.

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

        The dog was confirmed as a stray and Miss Bradley found a vet on the island to have Pepper microchipped, wormed with a rabies jab and given a pet passport.

        The animal 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 at Miss Bradley’s home in Calstock, Cornwall, Pepper gave birth to six puppies.

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            4E4B4246412F0 wrote: wormed with a rabies jab

            That’s a new method. ;)

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                Since Pepper stayed at our kennels for 28 days, we know her story very well. Newspapers have greatly exaggerated the story, each adding fictional details to impress. The fact remains that Pepper was there at the right moment and at the right time.
                The latest news is that Pepper has been nominated for an Animal Hero Award. Georgia and her boyfriend John have been invited to London to attend an award ceremony on the 21st October. The press loved Pepper’s story and "things went a bit mad", so says Georgia! Why an award? On Google, type “pepper dog crete” to read the full story published by those numerous newspapers! Visit this link to see pictures of Pepper and of her litter:
                And this is the latest news!

                OUR STAR PEPPER SHINES AT THIS YEAR’S ANIMAL HERO AWARD event held in London on October 21, 2015, sponsored by The Daily Mirror and the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Protection against Cruelty to Animals)

                I quote: “The second RSPCA sponsored award – the Hero Animal of the Year – went to PEPPER the protective stray which protected holiday maker Georgia Bradley when two men approached her on a remote stretch of beach in Crete.”

                CONGRATULATIONS to PEPPER and GEORGIA!!!

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