Kensington and Chelsea girls: Snowflake Twinkle Toes and Annie May

While couriers J and M were travelling through southern Europe, courier S had the pleasure of collecting Toy Poodle puppy Snowflake Twinkle Toes from her breeder in Peterborough.

A real bundle of sunshine on a grey winter’s day, this cute little girl was on her way to her loving new home in Kensington. She travelled brilliantly and received a very warm welcome indeed at her London home.

We also received news of Annie May, a stray dog rescued in Greece by Sara and transported to the UK by Animalcouriers. Sara tells us:

“Thought you might like to know that Annie and her winning ways mean she is now officially and permanently a Chelsea girl! She has settled in like the lady of the manor. Two weeks to the day she was found, hours from death, she was sitting on the front seat of my car being ferried around Chelsea and all but waving at the crowds!”

Snowflake enjoys a final cuddle with her breeder

Snowflake enjoys a final cuddle with her breeder

Annie being chauffered around town

Annie being chauffered around town

Annie with Sara at her Chelsea HQ

Annie with Sara at her Chelsea HQ

Annie settles in on the couch

Annie settles in on the couch

Annie's new canine chum Nellie

Annie’s new canine chum Nellie

Our final passengers, Coco and Pepe, join our UK-bound trip

Animalcouriers stayed near Poitiers last night, and set off this morning to collect Sandra’s cats Coco and Pepe, who’ve been boarding at the Grande Chauffetiere cattery in Leigné les Bois.

Sandra and her cats are relocating from France to the UK to be nearer Sandra’s daughter Kim.

With Sandra’s handsome felines safely on board, we headed for Calais, ready to cross the Channel to the UK.

Coco and Pepe at the cattery

Coco and Pepe at the cattery

Pepe comes in for a close-up when we arrive

Pepe comes in for a close-up when we arrive

A very relaxed Tommy

A very relaxed Tommy

Slinky black Rikki

Slinky black Rikki

Very alert George

Very alert George

Arfa looking autumnal

Arfa looking autumnal

Eight cats and a dog join our UK-bound trip, and Dexter has a bath

After collecting Duchess and Maisie, Animalcouriers continued towards the French border, picking up more passengers along the way.

You may remember the story of Bandit — Christine had left her three cats, Cookie, Molli and Whiskey at a cattery in Javea, but sadly the cattery owner died. Lesley from Kittycare Cattery in Onil collected the cats and took them for microchipping and rabies vaccinations so they could get pet passports. However, Whiskey turned out not to be Whiskey at all, but a clever lookey-likey who’d spotted the opportunity for a new home.

Cat-lover Christine opened her heart to this intrepid stray, named him Bandit and decided to adopt him. Lesley dashed back to collect the real Whiskey, who travelled with Cookie and Molli last month. Now that his passport is ready, Bandit is on his way to join his new family.

Jodie is another cat-lover — while living on Ibiza she befriended a family of five cats — three kittens, their mum, and another young male. Jodie has moved to Wales, and the famous five are now on their way to join her. Jodie’s friend Ana accompanied them on the ferry to Denia, where she was met by Casa Antigua kennels and cattery who looked after them until we arrived.

Further north we picked up Catherine’s beautiful dog Floc in Girona, who’ll be met by Catherine’s daughter Debbie in the UK. From there we continued into France and spent the night near Narbonne.

Our first stop this morning was in Ruffec in the Charente to collect Pushkin. His family have already left for the UK and their neighbours are kindly overseeing Pushkin’s departure.

Then it was off to Rochechouart in the Limousin to collect tabby cat George. His owner, Jenny, has gone on ahead to the UK and George has been waiting for us at Caring Cattery, run by Barbara, an old friend of Animalcouriers. George is an affectionate fellow who greeted us with a ‘scratch my head’ sort of tone in his voice. Jenny was quite concerned about George travelling, but Barbara has reassured her. George himself seems pretty chilled out about the whole business.

Bandit — who could resist that face?

Bandit — who could resist that face?

Fluffy, friendly Floc

Fluffy, friendly Floc

Tanq and Elsa — Elsa is the mum of three cute and playful kittens:

Tanq and Elsa — Elsa is the mum of three cute and playful kittens:

Tortellini…

Tortellini…

…Safi and…

…Safi and…

Hendrix (with Tortellini)

Hendrix (with Tortellini)

Dexter's handsome, colourful head

Dexter’s handsome, colourful head

Dexter's nosh — chopped veg and live worms!

Dexter’s nosh — chopped veg and live worms!

Dexter looking refreshed after a good night's sleep

Dexter looking refreshed after a good night’s sleep

Pushkin, today's addition to our black-and-white cat contingent

Pushkin, today’s addition to our black-and-white cat contingent

This is the view Pushkin has left behind

This is the view Pushkin has left behind

Friendly, chatty George

Friendly, chatty George

Barbara's lovely peaceful cattery at Rochechouart

Barbara’s lovely peaceful cattery at Rochechouart

Flowerpot men keep watch over Barbara's cattery, so we know the cats are always safe and well cared for

Flowerpot men keep watch over Barbara’s cattery, so we know the cats are always safe and well cared for

Because Dexter's eaten today, we were advised to pop him in a shallow bath — here he is in our hotel handbasin

Because Dexter’s eaten today, we were advised to pop him in a shallow bath — here he is in our hotel handbasin

Cats, dogs and a bearded dragon get on board as we drive north through Spain

After breakfasting with a fine view of Gibraltar yesterday, Animalcouriers set off through Spain to collect our UK-bound passengers.

First up was Rikki, a slinky black cat from Sotogrande. Pippa and her husband are going back to the UK. Concerned that this gentle ‘wuss’ of the cat world would be disrupted by the kerfuffle of the move, they’ve arranged for him to go on ahead to stay with Pippa’s sister in Hampshire until their new UK home is ready for him.

Then it was Arfa’s turn. This lovely Staffie is one of our regular passengers. He takes his trips to and from Spain very seriously and has told his owner, Matt, it’s Animalcouriers or he won’t budge! Arfa’s grandparents brought him to us at our regular rendezvous spot outside Aldi. Arfa’s usual compartment was ready and waiting for him, so in he hopped, stopping for a drink of water before lying down for a snooze.

From there we went to pick up Tommy, whose owner Nick had to go back to the UK before Tommy’s passport was ready. So Tommy’s been staying with Sarah and Eliane at La Residencia Canina. We’ve been calling here for more years than we can remember, and it’s a very caring environment for dogs and cats. Tommy is one of four cats whose owners moved away, leaving two behind. Clever Tommy attached himself to Nick and is now off to join him in Devon.

Our next collection was Great Dane puppy Fina in Almeria, who belongs to Perry. Fina has been staying with another old friend of ours, Joan, until she was old enough to get a pet passport and travel to the UK to join Perry.

We then drove on to meet Mateo, who came to settle Almona’s two young cats, Tigre and Hippi, into their travel compartment. Almona and Mateo had four kittens between them but have now split up. Mateo is keeping two, and Almona is taking two with her to the UK.

Our final collection last night took us to Javea to meet a bearded dragon called Dexter who belongs to Marijke’s son. They were struggling to find a way to get Dexter to the UK — until they found Animalcouriers. Marijke brought Dexter to us at our hotel with a supply of chopped veg and live worms which are apparently his favourite.

We stayed last night at the wonderful Hotel Palau Verd, in Denia — a tranquil setting where we and the pets all felt very welcome. We somehow managed to drag ourselves away this morning to meet Belgian Shepherd Duchess and Newfoundland Maisie. These two gentle giants belonged to Billy’s mum, who sadly died a little while ago. Louisa has been taking care of them until they could travel to the UK where they will have a new home with family members.

Pippa brought Rikki to us so she could settle him in for the journey. Here they are having a final cuddle…

Pippa brought Rikki to us so she could settle him in for the journey. Here they are having a final cuddle…

…and a goodbye chat

…and a goodbye chat

Arfa! We are flattered he likes travelling with us so much

Arfa! We are flattered he likes travelling with us so much

Arfa with his grandparents. Check out that blue, blue Spanish sky!

Arfa with his grandparents. Check out that blue, blue Spanish sky!

Sarah with Tommy

Sarah with Tommy

Tommy settles in for the trip — we can see why Nick fell for this handsome fellow

Tommy settles in for the trip — we can see why Nick fell for this handsome fellow

We were keenly observed by this black-and-white cat while collecting Tommy. Sarah told us he's one of several 'resident' cats who've been neutered but can't be handled. So Sarah and Eliane keep an eye on them and feed them.

We were keenly observed by this black-and-white cat while collecting Tommy. Sarah told us he’s one of several ‘resident’ cats who’ve been neutered but can’t be handled. So Sarah and Eliane keep an eye on them and feed them.

Bargain bags of golf balls for sale

Bargain bags of golf balls for sale

Joan with young Fina

Joan with young Fina

Fina is wearing a cone because she has a cut on her elbow which has been treated and stitched.

Fina is wearing a cone because she has a cut on her elbow which has been treated and stitched.

Mateo says a very fond farewell to Hippi who is travelling to the UK with Tigre

Mateo says a very fond farewell to Hippi who is travelling to the UK with Tigre

Tigre, Hippi's travelling companion

Tigre, Hippi’s travelling companion

Marijke says goodbye to bearded dragon Dexter

Marijke says goodbye to bearded dragon Dexter

Courier M with our host Tony at the Hotel Palau Verd in Denia

Courier M with our host Tony at the Hotel Palau Verd in Denia

The atmosphere at the hotel was truly peaceful and the food was excellent — lots of local produce, including locally sourced, sustainable fish; and one of the best tiramisus courier M has ever tasted

The atmosphere at the hotel was truly peaceful and the food was excellent — lots of local produce, including locally sourced, sustainable fish; and one of the best tiramisus courier M has ever tasted

These bright green tiles must have something to do with the name of the hotel

These bright green tiles must have something to do with the name of the hotel

Arfa found it a very relaxing environment

Arfa found it a very relaxing environment

Courier M checking Fina's cut

Courier M checking Fina’s cut

Louisa saying goodbye to Maisie and Duchess — she says she'll miss looking after them

Louisa saying goodbye to Maisie and Duchess — she says she’ll miss looking after them

Maisie on board

Maisie on board

Duchess gives us a grin

Duchess gives us a grin

Mount Montgo, also known as elephant mountain — because it's said to resemble an elephant's head — overlooking Jesus Pobre and the surrounding region in Alicante

Mount Montgo, also known as elephant mountain — because it’s said to resemble an elephant’s head — overlooking Jesus Pobre and the surrounding region in Alicante

Taz and Milo reach Spain; and Felix, Tereco, Oscar and Tucha are reunited

Yesterday was a brilliantly sunny day on the Spanish Costa Brava when Animalcouriers dropped off cute Shidoodle pair Taz and Milo for a short stay at The Dog House kennels in Teulada.

We continued south to Malaga where we met up with Pedro. He took his and Vera’s four cats — Felix, Tereco, Oscar and Tucha — on the last leg of their return journey from the UK to Portugal.

A cheeky look from young Milo

A cheeky look from young Milo

Taz gamely tries out for 'longest tongue'

Taz gamely tries out for ‘longest tongue’

Lesley from The Dog House welcomes Taz and Milo

Lesley from The Dog House welcomes Taz and Milo

All about The Dog House

All about The Dog House

Pedro with Felix and Tucha

Pedro with Felix and Tucha

Tereco and Oscar

Tereco and Oscar

Happy reunions for Edie, Barley, Bob and Sam

When we met up with Ben in Geneva, Edie was so excited to see him that she dashed across the car park and straight into his arms!

From there it was on to Salazac to reunite Siamese cat Barley with his owner Brian. We had to meet Brian outside the village as it’s so quaint and narrow there was no way we could fit our van down its streets.

Then we headed a bit further south and west to the town of Narbonne to deliver Bob to Ruth. In this rugby-mad part of France, Ruth’s partner is lucky enough to work for the Narbonne Rugby Club.

We stayed the night just outside Narbonne, then drove to Caramany, near Perpignan, which is Sam’s new home. It’s something of a sleepy hollow, overlooked by a lovely church and boasting its own wine label. The vendanges were in full swing as we drove through the hills — all done by hand, so we could see hods, buckets and tractors and trailers everywhere. After a quick nose around, Sam reacquainted himself with his special bedroom brought all the way from the UK.

Edie throws herself at Ben…

Edie throws herself at Ben…

…and gives him 'hello' kisses

…and gives him ‘hello’ kisses

Brian delighted to have Barley back

Brian delighted to have Barley back

Barley still chatting away as we left

Barley still chatting away as we left

Salazac's magnificent 11th century church

Salazac’s magnificent 11th century church

Bob with Ruth at their new home smack bang in the middle of Narbonne

Bob with Ruth at their new home smack bang in the middle of Narbonne

Looks like Banksy has been illustrating Narbonne's street signs!

Looks like Banksy has been illustrating Narbonne’s street signs!

The picturesque village of Caramany

The picturesque village of Caramany

Ian points out the finer points of Sam's special bedroom — own front door and favourite basket!

Ian points out the finer points of Sam’s special bedroom — own front door and favourite basket!

Cats, Spaniels and Shidoodles are heading to Europe

Animalcouriers set off today with pets on board bound for Switzerland, France, Spain and Portugal.

Edie is a Kooikerhondje, a small Spaniel-type breed of dog. She’s off to join her owner Ben in Geneva, where he’s taken a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ for a month’s run. Edie tells us she’s very much looking forward to having a look around that fine Swiss city.

Also travelling with us is Clumber Spaniel puppy Bibi. Just 16 weeks old, she was bred by Hilda whose kennels win some of the top awards in the Clumber Spaniel world. Bibi is moving to France to live with Alexandra and Flinders, another Clumber we transported for her a few years ago. Alexandra reckons smart young Bibi will be a great playmate for Flinders.

On board are three cats who are relocating to different parts of southern France. Siamese Barley is moving from Essex to Salazac in the south east. He’s a highly individual character who spends all day chatting and recounting stories. We’ll share any choice snippets as we go along!

Stunning tabby cat Bob is moving with his owner Ruth slightly further south west, to the town of Narbonne, in search of a lifestyle change. Ruth is quite sure that when Bob arrives and gets settled in, he’ll give the new arrangements his wholehearted approval. And shiny black Sam is swapping Stockport for Caramany, near Perpignan, which is even closer to the border with Spain. He likes nothing better than a lovely long head scratch.

Cuddly Shidoodle dogs Taz and Milo belong to Stuart, who’s relocating from London to join his mum in Moraira in Spain.

Our final passengers from the UK are Vera and Pedro’s four cats, who travelled with us last year from Portugal and are now on their way back to the town of Loule. Pedro has gone on ahead, and Vera will join them once she’s finished her psychology degree.

Sweet Edie waits patiently for the off at our Surrey base, surrounded by our grocery shopping for various friends on the continent

Sweet Edie waits patiently for the off at our Surrey base, surrounded by our grocery shopping for various friends on the continent

Edie at Calais this morning…

Edie at Calais this morning…

…very keen to get us to have a look at the special tag on her collar!

…very keen to get us to have a look at the special tag on her collar!

Bibi in the arms of Alexandra

Bibi in the arms of Alexandra

A closer look at pretty Bibi

A closer look at pretty Bibi

Very chatty Siamese cat Barley

Very chatty Siamese cat Barley

Gentle, affectionate Bob

Gentle, affectionate Bob

Handsome, friendly Sam

Handsome, friendly Sam

Blonde Taz, brunette Milo

Blonde Taz, brunette Milo

Taz looking especially blonde in a ray of sunlight

Taz looking especially blonde in a ray of sunlight

Milo showing us his cutest side

Milo showing us his cutest side

Tereco and Felix, two of the family of four cats who are heading back to the Portuguese Algarve

Tereco and Felix, two of the family of four cats who are heading back to the Portuguese Algarve

The other half of the family — this is Oscar; Tucha is hiding completely from sight at the moment. But we know they're all there as big bowls of food keep vanishing!

The other half of the family — this is Oscar; Tucha is hiding completely from sight at the moment. But we know they’re all there as big bowls of food keep vanishing!

Happy reunions for Suzana, Lucy, Moss, Soggy, Anakin and Hollywood

Little Suzana was a passenger on our most recent trip from Greece to the UK. Her owner, Angeliki wrote to tell us how happy she is to be reunited with her dog:

“Thank you for bringing Suzana to Renfrew, she is really happy. We had three months apart and after a two-hour walk I am sure Suzana loves her new home. Please thank courier M for helping her to adjust to the trip.”

Lucy, from North Cyprus, was rehomed to Catherine in the UK by Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR). Catherine describes her as being ‘now a bone fide UK resident’. Lucy flew in from Istanbul to Heathrow, and Catherine takes up her story:

“Lucy was very trembly and worried but she walked out. I got a lukewarm reception but wasn’t expecting any more. She was very quiet on the journey home and I managed to keep a monologue up for an hour whilst trying to reassure her! She had a lovely supper, a roll in the wet grass and a huge welcome for Mummy and John — she totally remembered them. We had a quiet first night. I left the kitchen door into the garden open so that she didn’t feel trapped, but not a squeak from her. Up bright and early to beat the other dogs into the fields.  She had a run, a poo, several widdles, a bark at the horses and a lovely roll in fox poo! All this excitement followed by an enormous breakfast, gone in a gobble — I think we are going to be fine. All that worry for nothing.”

We also heard about the safe arrival a number of recent passengers who’ve taken long flights. Moss, a young Golden Retriever, flew with Air New Zealand to Christchurch. After 10 days at Canterbury Quarantine Kennels, he moved a little further south to Dunedin to rejoin his owners. Jacky told us:

“We have Moss at home and all is weIl. Thanks for everything, you were such a massive help throughout. Please find attached a picture of Moss on his new beach, he’s loving it here!”

Soggy, an older Golden Retriever, swapped Paris for Australia, via a stay in Scotland. Judith wrote to say:

“Soggy arrived and we are very grateful that you put so much effort in to manage the whole process. With all the intercountry and people interfaces I could imagine it was trying at times. Good job we had you.”

We also received an update from Dave, whose Siberian Husky Anakin relocated with him to New Zealand:

“Here are a couple of pretty good photos from Anakin’s recent outings, now that spring is upon us. Thanks again for all of your help, and if we ever hear of someone doing the same thing as us, we will be happy to provide a recommendation.”

Meanwhile, couriers J and R enjoyed the company of Hollywood, who homeboarded with us while waiting to catch his flight to Los Angeles. He was on his way back to… Hollywood!, as he splits his time between there and in St Leonard’s in the UK.

Suzana with Angeliki...

Suzana with Angeliki…

…and keeping a close eye on the ducks while out on an Autumnal walk

…and keeping a close eye on the ducks while out on an Autumnal walk

Moss relaxing at his New Zealand home…

Moss relaxing at his New Zealand home…

…and exploring his new beach

…and exploring his new beach

Soggy settling in down under

Soggy settling in down under

Anakin looking like he owns the beach…

Anakin looking like he owns the beach…

…and exploring the local countryside

…and exploring the local countryside

Lucy when she was still in North Cyprus

Lucy when she was still in North Cyprus

Lucy in her crate ready for take-off

Lucy in her crate ready for take-off

Catherine with Lucy

Catherine with Lucy

Lucy in her snazzy red bed

Lucy in her snazzy red bed

Hollywood shows us what a smooth operator he is when it comes to treats

Hollywood shows us what a smooth operator he is when it comes to treats

We collect our final passenger, Kitty, in Calais

Animalcouriers travelled north through France to Calais, where we collected Kitty who has been adopted by Paul. Or perhaps we should say, Paul has been adopted by Kitty.

It’s something of a love affair — they met while Paul, who is an AA breakdown officer, was working in Bordeaux. Kitty did everything in her power to make sure Paul took her home with him, and it worked! We helped Paul with the pet passport process and suggested a place for her to stay while she waited for her passport to become live.

Kitty in her basket, waiting to get on board

Kitty in her basket, waiting to get on board

Paul sent us this photo of her a few weeks ago — what a charmer!

Paul sent us this photo of her a few weeks ago — what a charmer!

Penelope shows us her winsome side…

Penelope shows us her winsome side…

…and then her playful one!

…and then her playful one!

Mandy, who is blind, and has been adopted by Elisabeth and Andros along with Greek Sheepdog Oscar

Mandy, who is blind, and has been adopted by Elisabeth and Andros along with Greek Sheepdog Oscar

Handsome little Forcy

Handsome little Forcy

Gorgeous First Loki

Gorgeous First Loki

Paul and Anne were waiting to scoop Kitty up the minute we arrived, so thrilled to have her with them at last

Paul and Anne were waiting to scoop Kitty up the minute we arrived, so thrilled to have her with them at last

Kitty all tucked up and ready for the drive to her new home in Devon

Kitty all tucked up and ready for the drive to her new home in Devon