Four-legged holiday romance

FOR most of us a suntan is all we bring back from our holidays but one Ipswich woman has found a new addition to the family after falling in puppy-love while abroad.

FOR most of us a suntan is all we bring back from our holidays but one Ipswich woman has found a new addition to the family after falling in puppy-love while abroad.

Julie Grimwood was on holiday in Crete with her husband, Tony, and daughters Kelly, 13, and Shannon, 10, when a puppy appeared at her temporary home.

Mrs Gimwood, instantly fell in love with the puppy, called Koko, and now hopes to bring it back to her home, in Windrush Road, Kesgrave.

She said: "He turned up two days before we left and I couldn't take my eyes off him.

"I spoke to the owners of the apartments and they said they were looking after him before he would became a guard dog.

"Dogs out there are kept on short chains in direct sunlight all of the time. They do not get a lot of food or water and hardly any exercise.

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"I just knew I had to save him and bring him home to have a better life - it would have broken my heart to leave him."

After pleading with the owner of the apartments Mrs Grimwood was given the puppy and begged her holiday rep to help out.

The representative took Koko to an English speaking dog rescue centre where he can stay until February next year.

The centre often sends dogs to families in Germany but the staff do not know how to sort out sending one to England.

Mrs Grimwood now has to organise bringing the new addition to her house which is already brimming with pets.

She added: "Almost all of our pets have come from the RSPCA and we have four cats, one lizard, a dog, five stick insects and a rat that we found in the woods.

"I have a lot to organise and would really appreciate anyone who knows how to get a pet passport or arrange a flight home to get in touch.

"The sooner Koko can be welcomed into his new home the better."

Anyone who can help Mrs Grimwood should contact her on 01473 611400.

Have you had a similar experience? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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