Incredible Kratu

Incredible Kratu

The happy-go-lucky rescue dog who changed his owner's life

Tess Eagle Swan & Lynne Barrett-Lee


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A solitary child who only really found solace in nature, Tess Eagle Swan ran away from home aged sixteen and, by her late twenties, had already survived sexual violence and drug addiction. In the following decade, life spiralled further out of control, as substance abuse filled the hole meaningful relationships should have occupied. Something had to change. And it did.

Tess had always loved animals, so when she saw a post on Facebook about the plight of two dogs in Romania, she was moved to take action, helping find homes for both. It was the first step on the road that led her to Kratu - the Carpathian/Mioritic Shepherd cross she adopted in 2014. From his humble beginnings on a Roma camp in Transylvania, Kratu has gone on to become a canine international treasure. Now a trained assistance and therapy dog, he has brought joy to millions with his lovable antics - not least with his legendary appearances at Crufts. But the role he has played in Tess's story is more compelling still. After a lifetime of distress, Tess and Kratu's bond allowed Tess to finally learn to love herself and answer some of the questions behind her troubled beginnings.

Incredible Kratu is the inspirational true story of this unlikely pair, who found in each other the love and support they needed to beat the odds and turn both their lives around.


Tess Eagle Swan & Lynne Barrett-Lee:
Tess Eagle Swan was raised in a small Hertfordshire village. Tess found her life full of challenges but she eventually found the inner strength to leave her chaotic London lifestyle and go to Peru, where, after learning about the ancient healing cultures, she set out on a path which would lead her to Kratu.

Tess had always struggled with communication but it wasn't until she was fifty-four that, with Kratu by her side, she was formally diagnosed with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder). For the past nine years, Tess has devoted her life to training Kratu, and her other dogs whilst also raising awareness of animal welfare issues and autism-related causes. She supports the cross-parliamentary group APDAWG and her and Kratu are ambassadors for Anna Kennedy online, an autism charity.

Lynne Barrett-Lee was born and raised in London and is now based in Cardiff, Wales. She has been a full time author since the mid-1990s and has ten novels to her name, as well as two guides to writing fiction, which she teaches in her spare time. She has been the ghostwriter behind many non-fiction memoirs including the bestselling Fabulous Finn.