I had been three times before but only for short breaks so was determined to have a long luxurious break on your beautiful island.
We rented a holiday house at Muri Beach and the first week we settled in beautifully, relaxing, walking, swimming.
However I was awoken one night at 2am by a noise and, much to my distress, I found a burglar standing in our bedroom. I screamed extremely loudly and he took off.
Scared out of our wits, we rang the police. They turned up promptly, found the window he had broken in through (yes, the house was all locked up) and did as much as they could. They were great, but when they left I was too scared to go back to sleep.
The next morning, so alarmed by our experience, I decided we could not stay there as I was simply too scared to sleep there at night. Before making arrangements to cancel the rest of my holiday and arrange flights home, I went for a calming swim in the lagoon.
Walking back to the house a Muri beach dog followed me (having experienced the dogs many times, I simply ignore them when walking.) Well, the dog sensed my distress and stayed on the front verandah all day and all that night (despite the fact I did not feed her). Strangely that night I was able to sleep sporadically knowing she would bark at anything.
I did not cancel the holiday, simply because of that dog.
She stayed faithfully for the next three weeks and guarded the house every night. During the day she went everywhere with me, swimming, walking, eating, to the shops, absolutely everywhere. It was as though she sensed I needed her and she stayed.
It was heart breaking when I left but I wanted to tell the story as it was so special. Thanks to this beautiful beach dog, my holiday was not ruined and I got to stay the whole month and will return to Rarotonga.
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