Reunions galore for cats and dogs as we reach the UK

The final leg of the Animalcouriers trip from southern Europe was quite slow — as well as the Tour de France being in full swing, several of the pets’ passports had minor errors that needed attention from a vet. We reached Calais in the evening and felt it would be less stressful for the animals to stay there for the night, and cross to the UK the following morning.

Up bright and early, we got to the port to find a security alert in progress. The extra security procedures in place meant it took over four hours to get from the port entrance to our check-in. But we finally made it and reached the UK safe and sound, and the round of happy reunions between pets and their owners began.

Tour de France mania reaches P&O ferries. Courier M looks set to pick up the yellow jersey any day now

Tour de France mania reaches P&O ferries. Courier M looks set to pick up the yellow jersey any day now

Cally…

Cally…

Berte and…

Berte and…

Stanley. These three cats belong to Barry. They travelled with us from La Bedouce kennels and cattery in the Aude region of France to rejoin him in Gloucester. Barry says they've settled in really quickly and are giving him lots of kisses.

Stanley. These three cats belong to Barry. They travelled with us from La Bedouce kennels and cattery in the Aude region of France to rejoin him in Gloucester. Barry says they’ve settled in really quickly and are giving him lots of kisses.

Star and Crunch were over the moon to be collected by their grandparents, Clive and Jackie. Despite all the excitement, the two girls did manage to sit still for just a moment.

Star and Crunch were over the moon to be collected by their grandparents, Clive and Jackie. Despite all the excitement, the two girls did manage to sit still for just a moment.

Tony called in to collect Saphira and it was love at first sight. He and Caroline had seen photos of her on Facebook and, after exchanging more photos and emails, decided to offer her a home in the UK.

Tony called in to collect Saphira and it was love at first sight. He and Caroline had seen photos of her on Facebook and, after exchanging more photos and emails, decided to offer her a home in the UK.

Tony told us he had bought a new car and had it all ready for Saphira

Tony told us he had bought a new car and had it all ready for Saphira

Bolt was reunited with Emer in sunny Surrey and both were delighted to see each other again

Bolt was reunited with Emer in sunny Surrey and both were delighted to see each other again

José called in for Molly and Pipoca who were so ecstatic, they were licking his face all over

José called in for Molly and Pipoca who were so ecstatic, they were licking his face all over

Livia followed up with this photo of their daughter with the two Chihuahuas, saying: "Thank you for bringing the rest of our family to us! I thought you should see my daughter's smile! She's so happy!! And so are Molly and Pipoca!"

Livia followed up with this photo of their daughter with the two Chihuahuas, saying: “Thank you for bringing the rest of our family to us! I thought you should see my daughter’s smile! She’s so happy!! And so are Molly and Pipoca!”

Catia was very happy indeed to have Benji back with her.

Catia was very happy indeed to have Benji back with her.

Catia sent us this lovely photo of Benji settled in at home and told us: "Thank you for bringing Benji to me. It means the world to me that he is by my side."

Catia sent us this lovely photo of Benji settled in at home and told us: “Thank you for bringing Benji to me. It means the world to me that he is by my side.”

Scooby walked into his grandma's house and was immediately at home. He's stayed there before, so it was just a question of hopping out of his basket and trotting up the stairs to check out his usual bedroom. Then back down to sit in the kitchen waiting for someone to open a tin of tuna!

Scooby walked into his grandma’s house and was immediately at home. He’s stayed there before, so it was just a question of hopping out of his basket and trotting up the stairs to check out his usual bedroom. Then back down to sit in the kitchen waiting for someone to open a tin of tuna!

Ben and Selina greeted Smokey and Bingo as they arrived at their new home in sunny Doncaster

Ben and Selina greeted Smokey and Bingo as they arrived at their new home in sunny Doncaster

Young Jura and Thrall who travelled from Spain arrived to a warm welcome at the family's new home in Edinburgh

Young Jura and Thrall who travelled from Spain arrived to a warm welcome at the family’s new home in Edinburgh

Faisca en route to rejoin Andreia in Somerset — it was a long journey from Portugal and they will be so pleased to be back together

Faisca en route to rejoin Andreia in Somerset — it was a long journey from Portugal and they will be so pleased to be back together

Faisca very chatty as we said goodbye

Faisca very chatty as we said goodbye

Also on his way was charming young Banksy…

Also on his way was charming young Banksy…

…still playing and looking for amusement in everything around him

…still playing and looking for amusement in everything around him

Wally was also on his way to be reunited with Maria, who was very excited about his imminent arrival

Wally was also on his way to be reunited with Maria, who was very excited about his imminent arrival

Edwin and Archie are off to Germany, while Cosmo heads to Denmark

As the Animalcouriers trip from southern Europe with couriers J and M nears the UK, courier S has set out for northern Europe with Edwin, Archie and Cosmo.

Canadian-born Anne has recently finished her master’s in music at Glasgow, and now she and her handsome silver tabby cat Edwin are off to the magical city of Berlin for auditions and new operatic opportunities.

Rottweiler Archie is travelling with us to Mannheim. Sadly this lovely fellow’s owner recently passed away, but members of his extended family in Germany have offered him a new home, where he’s sure of a very warm welcome.

Also on board is Rhodesian Ridgeback Cosmo, who is relocating with his owner from London to Ringsted in Denmark, where a life in the country awaits him. Both Archie and Cosmo enjoyed walks in the Sussex countryside before we set off.

Anne with Edwin when we collected him a few days ago in Scotland

Anne with Edwin when we collected him a few days ago in Scotland

Edwin is very alert to everything around him — must have a good ear, like his mum!

Edwin is very alert to everything around him — must have a good ear, like his mum!

Archie enjoys a walk before we set off

Archie enjoys a walk before we set off

Cosmo gets a feel for the countryside…

Cosmo gets a feel for the countryside…

…and tries out for the 'longest tongue' competition

…and tries out for the ‘longest tongue’ competition

Update on our trip from southern Europe

After collecting passengers in Portugal and Spain, Animalcouriers crossed the border into France and spent the night just outside Narbonne. We had a lovely sunny morning for our walks, then hit the road heading northwards via Castelnaudary to Limoges, picking up more pets en route for the UK.

Yellow Lab Wally with his grandpapa Juan at Burgos. Wally originally travelled to Spain with us in June.

Yellow Lab Wally with his grandpapa Juan at Burgos. Wally originally travelled to Spain with us in June.

Wally is a very handsome young chap

Wally is a very handsome young chap

Tabby Faisca is settling into the trip and becoming quite chatty

Tabby Faisca is settling into the trip and becoming quite chatty

Our colleague Alex from Traveldog brought us Jura and Thrall, a delightful pair of pups who are heading for Edinburgh in Scotland where Yolanda is waiting for them

Our colleague Alex from Traveldog brought us Jura and Thrall, a delightful pair of pups who are heading for Edinburgh in Scotland where Yolanda is waiting for them

Alex joined us for a coffee and helped us walk the dogs. Here he is with Smokey and Bingo.

Alex joined us for a coffee and helped us walk the dogs. Here he is with Smokey and Bingo.

Molly and Pipoca enjoyed the morning sunshine

Molly and Pipoca enjoyed the morning sunshine

Crunch and Star were very interested in all the French smells and sounds

Crunch and Star were very interested in all the French smells and sounds

Here is Bolt, who has made friends with Zora. They give each other little kissy licks on the face.

Here is Bolt, who has made friends with Zora. They give each other little kissy licks on the face.

Bolt's new friend Zora. It's very nice for us when two dogs strike up a friendship and can share a walk, and even play a bit together as they get to know each other

Bolt’s new friend Zora. It’s very nice for us when two dogs strike up a friendship and can share a walk, and even play a bit together as they get to know each other

Beautiful Cocker Spaniel Saphira is a very loving girl. When we're walking, she stops every 10 paces or so, waiting for a little cuddle, pat or ear fondle.

Beautiful Cocker Spaniel Saphira is a very loving girl. When we’re walking, she stops every 10 paces or so, waiting for a little cuddle, pat or ear fondle.

Cute and friendly Banksy is in non-stop play mode

Cute and friendly Banksy is in non-stop play mode

The shaggy vineyard where we used to walk dogs in Narbonne has been replaced by a very organised arrangement of new young plants

The shaggy vineyard where we used to walk dogs in Narbonne has been replaced by a very organised arrangement of new young plants

We noticed on Jura and Thrall's passports that their internal parasite treatments had timed out…

We noticed on Jura and Thrall’s passports that their internal parasite treatments had timed out…

…We were lucky enough to find a vet near Castelnaudary who could squeeze us in to his schedule and get them up to date

…We were lucky enough to find a vet near Castelnaudary who could squeeze us in to his schedule and get them up to date

Basking Beagles on their evening walk in the LImousin region

Basking Beagles on their evening walk in the LImousin region

Benji takes a break on a bench

Benji takes a break on a bench

Close-up on Smokey

Close-up on Smokey

Bingo enters the longest tongue competition

Bingo enters the longest tongue competition

Think Wally stands a better chance!

Think Wally stands a better chance!

This tower is part of the converted ancient building that was our hotel for the night in Limoges

This tower is part of the converted ancient building that was our hotel for the night in Limoges

The Chihuahuas stopped for a chat with one of the 'locals'

The Chihuahuas stopped for a chat with one of the ‘locals’

Zora was also keen to say hi

Zora was also keen to say hi

Bolt was a little less respectful in his greeting

Bolt was a little less respectful in his greeting

Sentry on duty while we came and went on our dog walks

Sentry on duty while we came and went on our dog walks

Dogs on board from Spain and Portugal: Bolt, Bingo, Smokey, Saphira, Benji, Molly and Pipoca

Emer’s Shih Tzu Bolt joined our trip in Spain. This gentle fellow was brought to us in Marbella by Emer’s gardener. Bolt really enjoys a snuffle about while out walking.

In Portugal Animalcouriers collected Bingo and Smokey in the Castelo Branco area. These two lively dogs belong to Ben and his family, who have relocated to Doncaster. Antonio, Justine and Joanne have been taking care of them while the new home in the UK is prepared for their arrival.

Glamorous Cocker Spaniel Saphira also got on board near Castelo Branco. She hopped confidently into her travel compartment while Gisella told us all about her. Gisella and her husband are leading breeders of Cocker Spaniels, Doberman and Rough Collies.

Then we headed off to find Benji, who has been in the care of Ana. But our GPS wasn’t able to find the right address. Driving around, we spotted a woman walking a dog up the hill. Has to be Benji, we felt. So we wound down the window and found we had indeed come upon Ana and Benji.

Livia’s pretty little Chihuahuas Molly and Pipoca have also joined the journey. Within just half an hour we could hear these two letting the rest of our pasengers know that they may be the smallest on board, but they’re definitely in charge!

Bolt arrives to join our trip

Bolt arrives to join our trip

Bolt enjoys a morning walk

Bolt enjoys a morning walk

Bingo and Smokey with Justine and Joanne

Bingo and Smokey with Justine and Joanne

Bingo and Smokey with Justine and Joanne

A gorgeous pair of reprobates — no wonder their family is so looking forward to having them back!

Saphira with her breeder Gisella

Saphira with her breeder Gisella

Saphira knows how to strike a pose

Saphira knows how to strike a pose

Ana with Benji, who belongs to Catia. Ana was sad to say goodbye, but Catia told us Benji is all her family and she is very excited about being reunited with him.

Ana with Benji, who belongs to Catia. Ana was sad to say goodbye, but Catia told us Benji is all her family and she is very excited about being reunited with him.

Handsome Benji!

Handsome Benji!

Pipoca (L) and Molly (R) with Papa Neves

Pipoca (L) and Molly (R) with Papa Neves

Molly is Pipoca's mum

Molly is Pipoca’s mum

Crunch and Star looking very excited because courier M is offering biscuits. Nom, nom!

Crunch and Star looking very excited because courier M is offering biscuits. Nom, nom!

Cooper is ready to fly; Ubasti, Jed and Casey are reunited; Prince and Jazz are on board

Animalcouriers delivered gentle giant Cooper to Heathrow Airport and checked him in at Air Pets, where he’s having a couple of days rest before flying to Ohio tomorrow.

Then it was off to Leominster to reunite Ubasti with her owner Teodora. Until Teodora found out about Animalcouriers, she had been struggling to find a way to get Ubasti to the UK from Croatia. But now they are finally back together, they plan to stay that way!

We crossed to Dublin in Ireland to deliver dog Casey and cat Jed to their extended family, who’ll take care of them until their own family arrives from Italy next month. A former rescue dog, Casey can be a little nervous, but Jed has a wonderfully calming effect on her, and both pets coped marvellously with the journey.

From Dublin it was off to Belfast to collect Prince and Jazz, one-year-old sibling black cats. Their family is relocating to central London and it was felt that city life wouldn’t suit this lively pair. So luckily they are moving to live with family friends who have a roomy house in the Hertfordshire countryside. It took their favourite treat, pastrami, to coax them out from under the sofa! We’re hoping for a calm crossing from Larne to Stranraer.

Horses watching Cooper out walking with courier S. He's such a big dog, perhaps they were wondering if he was a new pony come to join the farm!

Horses watching Cooper out walking with courier S. He’s such a big dog, perhaps they were wondering if he was a new pony come to join the farm!

Cooper at Heathrow Airport

Cooper at Heathrow Airport

A new fan club gathered around him at within a matter of moments

A new fan club gathered around him at within a matter of moments

A big hug for Ubasti from Teodora. Ubasti will be able to have her plaster off in a few weeks' time.

A big hug for Ubasti from Teodora. Ubasti will be able to have her plaster off in a few weeks’ time.

Casey waiting for the early morning ferry at Holyhead

Casey waiting for the early morning ferry at Holyhead

Casey on the ferry

Casey on the ferry

Thick fog obscuring all sight of land as we approach the port of Dublin

Thick fog obscuring all sight of land as we approach the port of Dublin

Casey gets warm greetings from family members in Ireland

Casey gets warm greetings from family members in Ireland

Big hugs for gentleman Jed

Big hugs for gentleman Jed

Prince and Jazz — one of them, anyway! 

Prince and Jazz — one of them, anyway!

Reunions for India, Miss and Moby; and Scooby, Zora, Bonnie, Crunch, Star and Banksy have joined our trip

It took a while to reach Gibraltar to catch up with black-and-white cat Scooby, as the 10-day Feria de La Linea — a celebration involving fishing, street parades, music, dancing and horse riding — was in full swing.

Scooby travelled with us from the UK to Gibraltar earlier in the year, but now his owners Ryan and Oonagh have the opportunity to live and work in Melbourne, Australia, for a while. So Scooby is off to live with his grandparents.

At Jerez we stopped off at the main railway station to meet up with Antonio and hand his dog India over to him. There were squeals of delight from inside the Animalcouriers van when India heard his voice!

Boots and her daughter Charlotte are relocating from Portugal to the UK and their dog Zora and cat Bonnie are travelling with Animalcouriers. Unfortunately they can’t have Zora and Bonnie at their new home. Luckily, however, these two pets will be living with family as Boots’ sister-in-law owns Woodview Farm Kennels in Suffolk.

Bonnie was originally a feral cat. To make sure the removal company didn’t scare her away, Boots had transferred her to Barking Mad Kennels, run by Heather, a few days earlier. Even so, when we arrived to collect Bonnie, the last thing she fancied was being caught. Once again courier M’s impressive cat-catching skills were put to the test. When we texted Boots to let her know Bonnie was at last safely on board, she replied: “That’s my girl! You wouldn’t believe it but she is a little sweetheart when u know her… Honestly!”

Then it was off to reunite Fanny with her cats Miss and Moby. Fanny told us she’s finding Portugal a very congenial place to live. Her project is to bring tourists to the area. As we left, she mentioned there’s still one more cat to bring over from Canada!

It was a short hop from Lisbon to Cascais to collect mother and daughter Beagles Crunch and Star. These two get on famously and will be great company for each other on the journey. Their grandparents will be waiting to collect them when we reach the UK.

And still in the Lisbon area, we collected ginger-and-white cat Banksy. He’s called Banksy because his owner Tanis found him on a bank. He’s been staying with Louisa at Paradise for Pets, five-star accommodation for dogs and cats in the Manilva area.

The Rock of Gibraltar, in disguise behind ornate archways set up for the feria

The Rock of Gibraltar, in disguise behind ornate archways set up for the feria

Scooby with Ryan and Oonagh

Scooby with Ryan and Oonagh

Scooby eyes up the downstairs neighbours…

Scooby eyes up the downstairs neighbours…

…then decides he'd rather have a head rub and a neck tickle

…then decides he’d rather have a head rub and a neck tickle

India gets a big hug from Antonio — it was hard to say which of them was more excited at being back together

India gets a big hug from Antonio — it was hard to say which of them was more excited at being back together

Statue of a loving relationship between a dog and a child at Jerez — the home of sherry

Statue of a loving relationship between a dog and a child at Jerez — the home of sherry

Zora with Charlotte (L) and Boots (R)

Zora with Charlotte (L) and Boots (R)

Boots discovered calico cat Bonnie living rough in her garden. Over time Boots and Charlotte won Bonnie's trust to the extent that she agreed to be adopted by them.

Boots discovered calico cat Bonnie living rough in her garden. Over time Boots and Charlotte won Bonnie’s trust to the extent that she agreed to be adopted by them.

Tearful goodbyes for Zora from Charlotte and Boots

Tearful goodbyes for Zora from Charlotte and Boots

Very jolly vans at Barking Mad Kennels in Lagos — they definitely go, but it's a bit of a bumpy ride! We've got to know Heather and the kennels quite well over the past six years or so, as it's proved a perfect place to drop off and collect pets.

Very jolly vans at Barking Mad Kennels in Lagos — they definitely go, but it’s a bit of a bumpy ride! We’ve got to know Heather and the kennels quite well over the past six years or so, as it’s proved a perfect place to drop off and collect pets.

Courier M hands Miss over to Fanny, who admitted that Miss is known for having issues with travel boxes. Apparently the French cattery had been very impressed by courier M's cat-catching skills!

Courier M hands Miss over to Fanny, who admitted that Miss is known for having issues with travel boxes. Apparently the French cattery had been very impressed by courier M’s cat-catching skills!

Fanny with Moby and Miss

Fanny with Moby and Miss

Andy, Michele and baby Mia with their dogs Crunch and Star. Andy showed us his dog management skills. Sit, Crunch! Sit, Star! As soon as one bum was on the floor, the other one was up.

Andy, Michele and baby Mia with their dogs Crunch and Star. Andy showed us his dog management skills. Sit, Crunch! Sit, Star! As soon as one bum was on the floor, the other one was up.

Banksy gives courier M a bit of a look

Banksy gives courier M a bit of a look

Cat and dog reunions as our Italian trip reaches the UK

When we reached Dover, Donna was at the port waiting to be reunited with Heidi and Bob, who went completely crazy when they saw her.

Once back at our Surrey base, Jacky’s new owner arrived to collect her — a fantastic first meeting with both parties completely delighted.

Then it was Uma’s turn. This 15-year-old puss, whose journey started in Switzerland, was collected by her owner’s mum who’ll be taking care of Uma until she moves to Dublin with Jo.

Meanwhile, Whippet Mucha was back in his owner’s arms after just a couple of days apart.

Young Jacky tries out for the 'longest tongue' competition

Young Jacky tries out for the ‘longest tongue’ competition

Nina shows off her purr-fect looks

Nina shows off her purr-fect looks

Ubasti reckons having poorly leg means she deserves more treats

Ubasti reckons having poorly leg means she deserves more treats

Cooper looking his handsome best in the dappled sunlight on our last evening walk on French soil

Cooper looking his handsome best in the dappled sunlight on our last evening walk on French soil

He truly is a gentle giant!

He truly is a gentle giant!

Donna was thrilled to welcome Heidi and Bob at Dover. The yellow sleeve belongs to the port's animal health inspector who was there to witness the arrival of these two very happy dogs.

Donna was thrilled to welcome Heidi and Bob at Dover. The yellow sleeve belongs to the port’s animal health inspector who was there to witness the arrival of these two very happy dogs.

Jacky with her new owner

Jacky with her new owner

Uma being collected by Jo's mum

Uma being collected by Jo’s mum

Mucha getting a big hug

Mucha getting a big hug

Happy reunions for Nellie, Bonnie and Lola in Spain, and Bart in France

Yesterday couriers J and M delivered cats Nellie and Bonnie to Val and David in Spain. Their new location, El Portet de Moraira, is a very pretty place to be, and bustling with lots of people enjoying the sunshine and the beach.

Val and David were quick to get in touch to let us know how the girls are getting on:

“Nellie and Bonnie are settling in well; Nellie (and Val) had a sleepless night while she explored and then meowed when she found herself alone! Both cats are eating and drinking well, and catching up with sleep.

We would like to thank you sincerely for taking care of them and delivering them safely to us. When we started to plan the move they were our main concern, but we were confident that they would be ok with you, which enabled us to concentrate on the move itself. We wish you much success in the future, and will readily recommend you to anyone who needs an animal courier.”

Then it was on to La Herradura on the Costa del Sol, where little Yorkie Lola got an ecstatic welcome from Johanna, who has been anxiously waiting for her. Once their holidays are over, the family will head north to Madrid where Johanna will be taking over the British school.

And just a few days ago, Bart was reunited with his owners near Agen in France. This character dog would have travelled at the same time as his owners, but his passport had gone out of date. Bart was cared for by his owner’s daughter until his passport was ready, then homeboarded briefly with couriers J and R — and pretty much wore them out with his ball games. When the time came to place his bed in his travel cage, Bart got there first, and a tug’o’war ensued until Bart decided to drag the bed into the cage himself — what a cooperative passenger!

From what his ‘dad’ Joe tells us, Bart is a very special animal. He was pulled from a river at five weeks old, and Joe says he’s the best dog ever.

Joe told us:

“The grand reunion took place as planned and Bart has made himself at home. He is a delight, a gentle giant, and our other dog, Darcy, has made him very welcome.

The timing of this move could not have been better for us and he obviously travelled first class in 5-star luxury. Many thanks to you and your team. I will certainly recommend Animalcouriers to anyone we know looking for pet transport.”

The lane to the Spanish house was too narrow for our van, so David and Val had to collect the two cats from us and drive them the last few yards

The lane to the Spanish house was too narrow for our van, so David and Val had to collect the two cats from us and drive them the last few yards

Nellie is keen to get out and explore

Nellie is keen to get out and explore

Nellie and Bonnie relaxing with David

Nellie and Bonnie relaxing with David

A very happy reunion for Lola and Johanna

A very happy reunion for Lola and Johanna

Bart with courier D (L) and Joe (R)

Bart with courier D (L) and Joe (R)

Double trouble! It was a rare treat to have two Animalcouriers vans and four of our couriers all in one place earlier in the week. We stayed the night with our blog/website design/editorial team in Narbonne, and a good time was had by all under a bright blue Mediterranean sky.

Double trouble! It was a rare treat to have two Animalcouriers vans and four of our couriers all in one place earlier in the week. We stayed the night with our blog/website design/editorial team in Narbonne, and a good time was had by all under a bright blue Mediterranean sky.

Amy, Jacky and Gwen have joined our trip to the UK

Animalcouriers collected King Charles Spaniel Amy from kennels in Cavalaire sur Mer, where she’s been waiting to be collected for her journey home. This cute little girl is travelling with us to West Sussex where she’ll be reunited with her owners. We arrived to find Amy had been washed and shampooed — she looked and smelled wonderful.

At six and a half months old, Australian Shepherd puppy Jacky is a lanky young thing. Now ready to leave her breeder and venture out into the wide world, she’s making the journey with us from France to the UK. Her new family in Henley-on-Thames is very much looking forward to welcoming this bouncy youngster.

Our final UK-bound passenger is Gwen from the Mediterranean city of Montpellier. One of most imposing cats we’ve ever met, she’s travelling with us to the UK where she’ll be reunited with her owner.

Little Amy ready for the off

Little Amy ready for the off

Jacky gets a goodbye hug from her breeder

Jacky gets a goodbye hug from her breeder

Meeting Gwen in sunny Montpellier

Meeting Gwen in sunny Montpellier

Gwen's magnificent head close up

Gwen’s magnificent head close up

Noir and Miss are travelling with us from France to Portugal

You may remember that late last year, two cats belonging to Fanny travelled with us from Lyon to Lisbon, on the last leg of their journey all the way from Canada. Fanny’s Portuguese home has lots of open space and wonderful view of the sea — perfect for any puss.

Now two more of Fanny’s cats have reached Europe — Noir and Miss — and are making the same journey with us from France to Portugal. We got Noir on board fairly easily, but with Miss it was quite another story…

Noir enjoying an afternoon nap in a shady spot when we arrived at the cattery where these two have been staying since they touched down

Noir enjoying an afternoon nap in a shady spot when we arrived at the cattery where these two have been staying since they touched down

Lovely corner Noir had found for himself — the perfect place to relax

Lovely corner Noir had found for himself — the perfect place to relax

Noir was reasonably cooperative about being scooped up into a cat box to transfer to our van

Noir was reasonably cooperative about being scooped up into a cat box to transfer to our van

Very sweet and pretty Miss enjoyed a goodbye cuddle with one of the cattery assistants

Very sweet and pretty Miss enjoyed a goodbye cuddle with one of the cattery assistants

She also let us tickle her neck and head — but a dramatic change took place when she caught sight of the cat box…

She also let us tickle her neck and head — but a dramatic change took place when she caught sight of the cat box…

…and decided to make a break for it, leaping up onto the roof of the cattery unit, courier M in hot pursuit

…and decided to make a break for it, leaping up onto the roof of the cattery unit, courier M in hot pursuit

A game of tag ensued, with Miss as 'it' and courier M darting back and forth. This round of three-dimensional chess eventually came to an end when Miss, perhaps tiring of the game despite the tactical advantage she had maintained throughout, left her rooftop refuge and dropped to the floor. As she made to clamber up the wire sides of the cat unit, courier M pounced.

A game of tag ensued, with Miss as ‘it’ and courier M darting back and forth. This round of three-dimensional chess eventually came to an end when Miss, perhaps tiring of the game despite the tactical advantage she had maintained throughout, left her rooftop refuge and dropped to the floor. As she made to clamber up the wire sides of the cat unit, courier M pounced.