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MASTERCHEF IN PET RESCUE; Restaurant owner saves Greek stray after seeing it on Facebook.

Byline: Marion Scott

When top chef Guy Cowan heard about a tiny mongrel left abandoned in Rhodes, it was puppy love at first it's puppy love at first sight.

Now the little stray, doomed to Now the little stray, doomed to scavenge for scraps on the streets of scavenge for scraps on the streets of the Greek holiday island, is happily the Greek holiday island, is happily settled in his new Glasgow home with settled in his new Glasgow home with Guy and partner Debbie . Guy and partner Debbie.

Milo, a Jack Russell and Border Milo, a Jack Russell and Border collie cross, was rescued two weeks ago by Greek animal rescue charity Lucky Paws.

Guy, 58, and Debbie, 56, who run the acclaimed Guy's restaurant in Glasgow's Candleriggs, saw Milo's picture on Facebook and are delighted with the new addition to their family.

Guy said: "When we first heard about Milo, we were absolutely distraught at the thought of him being abandoned on the streets as he is still just a little baby. Then we heard that someone had agreed to foster him over there. But they left him alone on a balcony and he fell and hurt himself.

"That was the clincher. After we heard that, we decided to give him a new home here in Glasgow with us.

"With the help of Lucky Paws, who did the paperwork, we picked him up at Manchester airport two weeks ago.

"He is such a friendly little thing that, as soon as I fed him and gave him a drink of water, I'd made a friend for life. He slept all the way home.

"Now he's settled in as if he was always meant to be here. We've got two other dogs, a wee Yorkie called Mia and Bertie, a shih tzu."

Despite being Greek, Milo had no " trouble adjusting to his surroundings. Guy said: "The language barrier was broken with a few sausages. Now he sits and mostly does what he's told.

"He's chewed Debbie's new shoes and dug up a few of her plants but she's forgiven him. He's got all of us wrappe d round his little tail."

Debbie said: "Milo is a wee rascal but " one look at his cheeky face and I can't even bring myself to scold him."

Guy, who recently climbed Ben Nevi " with his actor pals Kevin McKidd and Iain Robertson to raise money for a cot death charity, is planning to take Milo on his next climb.

He said: "Next time, we'll see if we can raise cash to help other abandoned dogs in Greece as it seems to be such a big problem there."

Alison Brady, who helps raise " awareness of the stray problem in Rhodes, said: "There are hundreds of cats and dogs left to roam the streets.

"Holidaymakers feed them but, once the tourism season ends, they are left to starve and many are either poisone d or even hanged by locals because they PSare seen as a nuisance. It cost almost PS500 to bring Milo to Scotland but it'so good to hear a happy story likethis."

"The language barrier was broken with a few sausages

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POPULAR Guy in his restaurant

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS Debbie and Guy with Milo

MAN'S BEST FRIEND Guy with Milo. Above and left, Facebook photos of Milo after he was saved by Lucky Paws
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Jun 22, 2014
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