A dog loving holidaymaker spent her life savings to save the lives of two Greek dogs, and Vickki Bradfield-Mullenger believes that bringing Murphy and BeaBea to Milton Keynes has been worth every penny. Vickki drove across Europe so that she could reunite Murphy with puppy BeaBea, in a saga that has lasted almost two years, and has cost a total of £1,400.
Vickki initially became enamored with the dogs after a holiday in Crete with her boyfriend in 2009: “I’m one of those tourists who feed stray animals wherever I go. This time there was a pack of 15 dogs at the hotel, all desperate for food and even more desperate for affection,” she said.
She fell for the skinny puppy BeaBea, who was following his dad Murphy around, after he had been rejected by his mother.
“BeaBea would come and sit on my balcony and all he wanted was cuddles. He was just so desperate for love,” said Vickki.
Vickki was shocked when another tourist showed her an article which told of how stray dogs were rounded up and killed by the Greek authorities once the holiday season had finished.
“Some were shot, others hanged and some had acid over them. It was too cruel for words,” she said.
Vickki then spent the rest of her holiday negotiating with the Cretan Animal Protection charity, so that she could bring BeaBea back to England. She was finally able to bring BeaBea home last year.
Even though Vickki was happy to have BeaBea living with her, she was still worried about Murphy’s fate. She then saw a newspaper article that made her take action: “I’m friends with other animal rescuers and one showed me a letter in a Greek newspaper together with a photo of a dog, stating the dog was a pest and it was going to be shot. I recognised the dog immediately. ‘That’s Murphy!’ I said. And I knew I had to save him.”
Vickki’s friends from the charity helped her, and she was finally able to meet Murphy at Brussels airport.
“I’m sure Murphy recognised me. But what was really special was when he saw BeaBea. The pair of them instantly sniffed each other and wagged their tails. This week the pair are romping together in the park and curling up side by side to sleep. Anyone who thinks I’m barking mad ought to see them. It’s truly amazing.”