Valia Orfanidou, an animal lover, is used to seeing stray animals. There are many stray dogs and cats on the islands. "When you are an animal lover living in Greece, you simply get used to lonely stray dogs wandering around everywhere," she said, "and choose to rescue the ones that can't make it on the streets: the sick, emaciated or hurt ones, the newborns and the pregnant females."
But something about this particular dog - who appeared to be pretty young and didn't appear to have any of those pressing needs - made Orfanidou feel a deep sense of urgency.
"I panicked," Orfanidou said. "There was something about her that made her life as a stray extremely vulnerable."