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Dutch Couple Bids Farewell to Beloved Dog in Moving Act in Greece

The bouquet. Credit: Dimitris Papakostas/Facebook

Every summer, the Dutch couple vacationed in Greece with their beloved dog. They formed a deep bond with the country — relaxing under the Greek sun, swimming in the Argolic Gulf, near Nafplio, exploring the stunning landscape together.
When their precious companion passed away, the couple returned to Greece to give him a meaningful farewell. According to Greek fisherman Dimitris Papakostas, who wrote about the couple on Facebook, the Dutch pair asked around if anyone at the campground they were staying at had a boat.
They were willing to pay anyone if they could take them out onto the deep blue waters of the Argolic Gulf, wanting more than anything just to spread the ashes of their cherished travel partner in the place he loved the most.
Honored to help, Papakostas took them out on his small fishing boat called “Χαρά,” or “Happiness.”
When they found a beautiful, serene spot in the deep blue waters of the gulf, the couple released the ashes into the sea in contemplative silence.
Papakostas decided to honor their dog himself by creating a small bouquet made of rosemary and lavender sprigs. He threw it into the water, along with a card reading, “Αντίο, φίλε,” “Goodbye, Friend.”
After the moving ceremony, the three shed tears, returning to the shore in near silence, except for the rhythmic sound of the boat’s motor.

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