Kallestad carried the puppy in her basket and took it back to the resort they were staying at, her family said in a statement, according to the Daily Mail.
After washing and grooming the dog, Birgitte and her friends played with it in the garden.
"After a while, the puppy started trying to bite them like puppies do".
It was only after the 24-year-old had returned home to Norway that she began to feel unwell. Signs that the disease has progressed include hallucinations, slight or partial paralysis, anxiety, confusion and fear of water.
Kallestad, a health worker in Norway, sterilized her "little puppy bites", the family said.More news: Rihanna confirms deal with LVMH to create new Fenty fashion label
This is the first rabies-related death reported in Norway in over 200 years, according to the BBC.
Samples sent to the Public Health Authority in Sweden finally confirmed she was suffering from the disease.
Rabies is a viral disease that's most often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).More news: White House asked McGahn to say Trump didn't obstruct justice
"Our dear Birgitte loved animals", her family said in a statement. Kallestad, who works at a Norwegian hospital, cleaned up her own tiny wounds but didn't think she needed any other medical help.
"If we can achieve this, the death of our sunbeam can save others", her family said.
Birgitte died on Monday night, eight days after being admitted to the hospital where she worked.
"It's a terribly heavy case and a strain for the family", infectious disease consultant Jens Eikås told VG. Norway's health trust has also contacted at least 77 people who had contact with Kallestad, and of these people, 31 have been vaccinated against rabies.
The disease is treatable however when left untreated it can cause a life-threatening infection of the brain and nervous system in humans.More news: Legislators brawl over controversial extradition laws in Hong Kong
It is only spread by infected animals to humans, most often through the animal biting or scratching the person.