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Greek Stray Dog Adopts Couple From UK as her Parents

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Former stray dog Betty on the way back to the UK with her new parents. Credit:

A Greek stray dog chose its own parents when she began to follow a couple traveling from the UK everywhere they went. In a video posted on Sunday by The Dodo, a media outlet about animals, the heartwarming story of how Betty the dog gained a family and a home is told.

Greek stray dog chooses English parents

The dog, who would later be named Betty, first encountered the couple around halfway through their tour of Europe. Andrew Pardy and his partner had decided to travel the continent in their van when they stopped in Greece for a beach holiday.

Soon after they arrived in Greece, where they would be staying for a couple of weeks, a dog began sleeping under their van.

The Greek stray dog then began to follow them everywhere they went, playing with the couple on the beach and very clearly enjoying their company. At first, Betty was shy, with Pardy highlighting that she would follow them “never too close, it was always 5 to 10 meters behind.”

However, she obviously warmed to the couple. She would follow them to the beach, play with them, and then go back to their van and sleep under it, as close as she could manage to the couple.

They then decided that they would do anything they could to get the Greek stray dog to come back to the UK with them. Betty had to be scanned for a chip to see if she was missing from a previous family, and when Pardy realised she was just a stray, she began her vet visits to get her fit to go to the UK.

Betty needed a lot of special attention as she had been a stray, including treating her ticks, fleas, and worms. She then needed to go through a course of vaccinations, as well as going through the process of getting a pet passport in order to meet the travel requirements to be brought into the UK.

Betty accompanied her parents across the rest of their Europe trip, living and traveling in their van during it. According to Pardy she adjusted fairly easily to sleeping in the van and loved the trip otherwise because she got to explore new places very frequently.

Betty’s treat club

Following Betty’s incredible rescue after she ‘adopted’ her own parents, Pardy and his partner decided to take action to help other Greek stray dogs.

On the two year anniversary of Betty’s rescue, they started Betty’s Treat Club, a company which sells dog treat boxes. The company honors Betty by sending 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) of dog food to Greek Animal Rescue, a UK charity which helps strays and other mistreated animals in Greece. 

The video about Betty and her family posted by The Dodo is shown below.

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