But it wasn't until Kallestad was back in Norway that she began to experience symptoms and visited the emergency room several times.
Ms Kallestad, who worked at a Norwegian hospital, had sterilised the "small scrapes" given by the puppy, but sought no more medical attention, the family's statement says. "She washed it and looked after it, and it started to get better", the family wrote.
According to the family no one in the group of friends had been vaccinated against rabies.
"Our dear Birgitte loved animals", the family said.
Initial symptoms of rabies include headaches and a fever.
It has been over 200 years since rabies was last detected on the Norwegian mainland. "Our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like her".
Kallestad was hospitalized multiple times, and her condition declined, and she was re-hospitalized.
After conducting tests, Sweden's Public Health Authorities confirmed on Saturday that Kallestad had rabies. "We want this vaccine to be included in the programme for places where it can be rabies and that people become aware of the dangers".
"If we can achieve this, the death of our sunbeam can save others", her family said.
The others who were on the trip and who were also in contact with the dog have been alerted and Norway's health trust has so far been in contact with 77 people who have been in contact with the Birgitte.
Rabies is treatable but left untreated, it can cause a life-threatening infection of the brain and nervous system in humans.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the rabies virus is transmitted in the saliva of rabid animals. As it is in puppies is common, snapped comrades of the playful dog Often to the fingers of his human game, some scratches and a few light bites were the result.
Half of all rabies cases occur in India.