About Animalcouriers

Animalcouriers provides comprehensive, professional pet shipping and animal transport services covering the UK, mainland Europe, and the rest of the world. With our domestic and overseas pet transportation service, we help a wide range of animal owners — including pet owners moving house or emigrating, smallholders, commercial breeders and enthusiasts — to move their domestic pets, livestock and other animals, safely and reliably.

Reunions for Rufus, Athena and Jack; and Sam and Sky are on board

Dogs often find a visit to the vet quite stressful, but it was the opposite for black Labrador Rufus. He travelled with Animalcouriers from Portugal to Scarborough where he was reunited with his owner, Ana, at the vet clinic where she is a nurse. As you can imagine, Rufus was both surprised and delighted to see Ana. And needless to say, all the clinic staff made a huge fuss of him.

From there we continued to Belsay, near Newcastle, to drop cats Athena and Jack at the family’s new home, a lovely farm cottage deep in the country. Athena and Jack will doubtless settle into the lifestyle of country cats very quickly.

Then it was off to collect handsome 14-years-young black cat Sam in Stockport. He’s moving with his devoted owners to a new home in the hills near Perpignan in France. To spare him the stress of the removal men, he’ll homeboard with Animalcouriers for a few days while his old house is packed up, and will then travel with us to France in early October, where his new home will be all ready for him.

Our final collection was eight-month-old Malamute Sky. He’s grown too large for his owner’s home, standing nearly a metre high at the shoulder. So she made the brave and wise decision to let her beloved dog move to live with her parents, who have a lovely big garden and lots of time to spend with him and to continue his training. And of course, plenty of opportunities for frequent visits!

Rufus reunited with Ana — a great reason to visit the vet

Rufus reunited with Ana — a great reason to visit the vet

Fiona and all the family were delighted to see Athena and Jack

Fiona and all the family were delighted to see Athena and Jack

Sam is a gregarious fellow with a wonderful purr, who loves to be lightly stroked along his back

Sam is a gregarious fellow with a wonderful purr, who loves to be lightly stroked along his back

Sam travels with a supply of his favourite sardines in tomato sauce. He was recently put on a fish-only diet but has been known to pop next door and help himself to the neighbour cat's meaty feasts!

Sam travels with a supply of his favourite sardines in tomato sauce. He was recently put on a fish-only diet but has been known to pop next door and help himself to the neighbour cat’s meaty feasts!

Sky en route to his new home with his grandparents

Sky en route to his new home with his grandparents

Meet our latest passengers: First Loki the cat, and Spinone puppies Fanny and Robin

Animalcouriers met up with Giuliano in Rome to collect his daughter’s cat, First Loki. Lara is living and working in London, and now First Loki is off to join her. We really enjoyed meeting Giuliano, who was interesting and good fun to talk to. He insisted on handing First Loki to us personally, and had a quick chat with all the other pets on board before kissing First Loki goodbye.

Then it was on to Pucci to collect gorgeous four-month-old Spinone puppies Fanny and Robin. Originally bred as gun dogs, Spinones are loyal, friendly and alert dogs with a gentle and affectionate temperament. These two bundles of fur and legs are on their way to Tracey and Tina in the UK.

Giuliano makes sure his daughter's beautiful cat, First Loki, gets a proper send-off

Giuliano makes sure his daughter’s beautiful cat, First Loki, gets a proper send-off

Fanny (red) and Robin (brown) are eagerly awaited in the UK by Tracey and Tina respectively

Fanny (red) and Robin (brown) are eagerly awaited in the UK by Tracey and Tina respectively

The two puppies enjoy a stroll

The two puppies enjoy a stroll

Robin comes up for a cuddle

Robin comes up for a cuddle

Fanny gives us a cute look

Fanny gives us a cute look

We found ourselves in the cyclamen-growing area of italy — wonderful bright reds, magentas and pinks, offset by white

We found ourselves in the cyclamen-growing area of italy — wonderful bright reds, magentas and pinks, offset by white

We enjoyed home-made desserts including pistachio, white chocolate, chocolate from South America and nuts at Bislakko in Milan. We received a warm welcome and were able to park our van safely in the garden behind electronic gates.

We enjoyed home-made desserts including pistachio, white chocolate, chocolate from South America and nuts at Bislakko in Milan. We received a warm welcome and were able to park our van safely in the garden behind electronic gates.

Oscar showing off his Pointer background. He was a little travel sick at first but is completely over it now, very chilled out and waggy tailed.

Oscar showing off his Pointer background. He was a little travel sick at first but is completely over it now, very chilled out and waggy tailed.

Daisy and Annie catch sight of each other's reflection — they had a quick bark but soon got over it

Daisy and Annie catch sight of each other’s reflection — they had a quick bark but soon got over it

Stratis looking particularly handsome

Stratis looking particularly handsome

Darius tries out for 'longest tongue'

Darius tries out for ‘longest tongue’

Suzana, who weighs all of four kilos, was described to us by Papa as he handed her over as being 'for security'. For a couple of days we struggled to get near her as she seemed determined to eat us! Finally, armed with a jar of frankfurter sausages and various protective coverings, courier M managed to clip a couple of leads on her and get her out on to the grass — where she was transformed from a howling banshee to a cute and curious little dog.

Suzana, who weighs all of four kilos, was described to us by Papa as he handed her over as being ‘for security’. For a couple of days we struggled to get near her as she seemed determined to eat us! Finally, armed with a jar of frankfurter sausages and various protective coverings, courier M managed to clip a couple of leads on her and get her out on to the grass — where she was transformed from a howling banshee to a cute and curious little dog.

Suzana's transformation complete, she now climbs into courier M's arms and has joined the 'walk me first' chorus!

Suzana’s transformation complete, she now climbs into courier M’s arms and has joined the ‘walk me first’ chorus!

Jedy, Belinha, Peewee, Athena, Jack, Tico, Tica, Roxy, Casper and Rufus are UK bound

Animalcouriers collected darling Golden Retriever Jedy, a very dignified gent at 14 years young. He’s a little frail and not really up for frisky walks, but he loves a gentle amble in the sunshine or a lie-down on the grass in the shade. Understandably his owners are very keen to be reunited with him.

When we picked up Maria’s two cats, Belinha and Peewee, we were given a short lesson in Portuguese to ensure we could pronounce their names and communicate with them. Maria’s mum has been taking great care of these two while Maria relocated to London for work and found accommodation that could take the cats.

‎Fiona’s cats, Athena and Jack, are travelling with us from the Portuguese Algarve to Newcastle, as Fiona is moving back to England. Athena nearly missed the trip as she decided to go walkabout just before we arrived. Fortunately she was found asleep in the grass in the fields behind the house. We gather this isn’t Athena’s first attempt at ‘the great escape’. When she was taken to the vet for her rabies vaccination, she escaped from her cat box in the car park and was missing for several days. The vet was several miles from the family’s fairly new house, and they had almost given up all hope when Athena managed to find her way home.

Pekingese pair Roxy and Casper are becoming seasoned travellers with Animalcouriers as their owner, Pedro, splits his time between Tavira in Portugal and London. When we arrived to collect these bundles of fun, they were very excited to see us, and immediately wanted to play and run around.

Veterinary nurse Ana has moved from Portugal to Scarborough, for work, and is delighted that her black Labrador Rufus can join her now she’s settled in to her new English home. He’s a dog who loves to chat whenever he fancies a walk or a cuddle, and we can understand that Ana has been missing him very much.

Cats Tica and Tico with their amazing blue eyes are moving with their owners from Porto to Worthing. These two cats are full of character as well as stunning good looks.

Lovely gentle Jedy, our senior passenger

Lovely gentle Jedy, our senior passenger

 

Peewee and Belinha — a very chilled out pair

Peewee and Belinha — a very chilled out pair

Athena and Jack — the whole family is looking forward to being reunited

Athena and Jack — the whole family is looking forward to being reunited

Gorgeous Tica is travelling with…

Gorgeous Tica is travelling with…

…the equally gorgeous Tico — love the toning cushion!

…the equally gorgeous Tico — love the toning cushion!

Cheeky Roxy…

Cheeky Roxy…

…and travel companion, the equally cheeky Casper

…and travel companion, the equally cheeky Casper

Rufus, who has been on his best behaviour

Rufus, who has been on his best behaviour

It was an early start in Spain but we had the pleasure of watching the sun rise over the mountains

It was an early start in Spain but we had the pleasure of watching the sun rise over the mountains

Darius, Oscar, Mandy and Annie join the trip as we prepare to leave Greece

Cocker Spaniel Darius belongs to Kelly, who lives in Cambridge. Now Kelly’s sister Theodora, who gained a first in her product design degree, is off to the UK as well, and Darius is going too, where he’ll be reunited with a very excited Kelly.

When Elizabeth and Andros were on holiday in the Kalamata area they adopted a Greek Sheepdog, Oscar, and a blind cat, Mandy. They’ve worked very hard to get a TRACES certificate to allow them to take these two pets out of Greece legally. There were obstacles at every turn and Andros even had to make a second trip to Greece. At the final step we accompanied them to the government veterinary office in Kalamata, where Oscar and Mandy were officially sent on their way to the UK.

Sara and her dog Annie have been on holiday in Zakynthos. Now it’s time to go home and Annie is travelling back to London with Animalcouriers.

Theodora with handsome Darius

Theodora with handsome Darius

Andros with Oscar the dog and Mandy in her cat carrier. Also in the photo is Daphne, who works very hard with stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the Stoupa area. Oscar and Mandy stayed with her until their pet passports became live.

Andros with Oscar the dog and Mandy in her cat carrier. Also in the photo is Daphne, who works very hard with stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the Stoupa area. Oscar and Mandy stayed with her until their pet passports became live.

Jo and John bring us Sara's cute dog Annie

Jo and John bring us Sara’s cute dog Annie

Hallowe'en is fast approaching

Hallowe’en is fast approaching

Watching the sun go down as we walk the dogs on our favourite Greek beach at Igoumenitsa

Watching the sun go down as we walk the dogs on our favourite Greek beach at Igoumenitsa

Hi Martha, says Stratis, the other dogs are jealous of our bandannas!

Hi Martha, says Stratis, the other dogs are jealous of our bandannas!

 I always ask for a matching red lead when I go out

I always ask for a matching red lead when I go out

Sebastian ready for his walk. You can see how nice and straight his legs are, and he has lovely soft fur, too.

Sebastian ready for his walk. You can see how nice and straight his legs are, and he has lovely soft fur, too.

Sebastian takes a shy look at the sea from a safe distance

Sebastian takes a shy look at the sea from a safe distance

Forcy wondering whether she needs to use her legs when walking. She's a dog who'd much rather have a cuddle and a carry!

Forcy wondering whether she needs to use her legs when walking. She’s a dog who’d much rather have a cuddle and a carry!

We've always loved Penelope's diamante collar and are pleased to see she's still sporting it. Penelope is completely deaf, but pretty much the only time you know it is when we open the door of the van to the usual cacophany of 'walk me first' and lots of wagging tails. And there's Penelope, still curled up and sound asleep!

We’ve always loved Penelope’s diamante collar and are pleased to see she’s still sporting it. Penelope is completely deaf, but pretty much the only time you know it is when we open the door of the van to the usual cacophany of ‘walk me first’ and lots of wagging tails. And there’s Penelope, still curled up and sound asleep!

This morning, courier M who usually walks Oscar was busy cleaning a cage, so handed the lead to courier J. Poor Oscar just stood there looking very confused, so in the end we had to swap jobs!

This morning, courier M who usually walks Oscar was busy cleaning a compartment, so handed the lead to courier J. Poor Oscar just stood there looking very confused, so in the end we had to swap jobs!

Annie's attention was caught by some people having a picnic. Maybe there's some food for me? she seems to be wondering. This little girl had a hard start in life, feeding herself from rubbish bins.

Annie’s attention was caught by some people having a picnic. Maybe there’s some food for me? she seems to be wondering. This little girl had a hard start in life, feeding herself from rubbish bins.

Annie spots — and hoovers up — a fragment of biscuit left over from treat time earlier

Annie spots — and hoovers up — a fragment of biscuit left over from treat time earlier

Spaniels like Darius normally have their tails high and their noses down…

Spaniels like Darius normally have their tails high and their noses down…

…so it's rare to catch them sitting down like this

…so it’s rare to catch them sitting down like this

Daisy caught in a gust of wind. Her confidence has grown since we collected her on Crete. But we were sad to hear that the family cat, who'd been on standby to meet Daisy, sadly died last night, poisoned by anti-freeze.

Daisy caught in a gust of wind. Her confidence has grown since we collected her on Crete. But we were sad to hear that the family cat, who’d been on standby to meet Daisy, sadly died last night, poisoned by anti-freeze.

Excited arrivals in Spain and Portugal

Animalcouriers delivered Jackie’s family of dogs Coco and Derecha and cats Blackie, Maisie and Madge to a kennels and cattery in Coin on the Costa del Sol. They’ll have a short stay here until their owners arrive at the end of the week and get all the furniture in place ready to welcome their pets to their new Spanish home.

In Seville we dropped German Shepherd Dog Nanook off at her kennels, where she’ll stay for a week or so until her owners join her. We know they’re missing her very much, but they can rest assured she’s in delightful surroundings with her own garden and lovely carers.

We stopped in Cadiz to drop off Brockman and Muller. These two English Bulldogs were very excited to reach their new home, where they were met by friends of their owner.

Then it was on to Portugal to deliver Alfie, Millie and Lola to Barking Mad Kennels and Cattery, where they’ll stay until their owners’ arrival. The scenery is very different from the rolling hills of Lancashire, with vividly coloured plants and fresh oranges and figs on the trees, and a lovely balmy climate.

Madge has a good look around

Madge has a good look around

Pretty Maisie

Pretty Maisie

Inquisitive Blackie

Inquisitive Blackie

Derecha and Coco

Derecha and Coco

Near Granada we encountered some freaky weather conditions. Thick clouds and bright sunshine one moment…

Near Granada we encountered some freaky weather conditions. Thick clouds and bright sunshine one moment…

…and then suddenly, Christmas — yes, that really is snow!

…and then suddenly, Christmas — yes, that really is snow!

Very excited Brockman and Muller — we will miss 'Slug and Slobber'!

Very excited Brockman and Muller — we will miss ‘Slug and Slobber’!

Jack Russell Millie and Spanish Water Dog Lola — Maine Coon Alfie escaped the photoshoot by heading straight out to play in the garden

Jack Russell Millie and Spanish Water Dog Lola — Maine Coon Alfie escaped the photoshoot by heading straight out to play in the garden

Millie having a good sniff about

Millie having a good sniff about

Lola enjoys the feel of the grass on her paws

Lola enjoys the feel of the grass on her paws

The usual traffic jams on Portugal's roads

The usual traffic jams on Portugal’s roads

Beautiful Portuguese colours…

Beautiful Portuguese colours…

…and heavily laden fruit trees

…and heavily laden fruit trees

Stratis, Sebastian, Penelope, Forcy and Suzana join us in Greece

On our return from Crete we called back in at the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens to collect two dogs, Stratis and Sebastian, who are travelling with Animalcouriers to new homes in the UK.

Young Stratis was found abandoned in central Athens with his ears cut to make him look like a Doberman, and two broken legs. The shelter nursed him back to health and everyone who’s looked after him has completely fallen for him. Now he’s on his way to his forever home with Vivienne in Brighton.

Sebastian, still only eight months old and growing, also had trouble with his legs. He was found as a stray pup, only a month old. As well as severe mange, he had poor muscle development which made his legs look bowed. The vet recommended lots of gentle walks to build up the muscles — which is where Jenny came in. She was combining a holiday with two weeks of helping out at the shelter, and the task of walking Sebastian fell to her. Not only did Sebastian’s legs straighten, but he and Jenny bonded completely. When he became available for adoption, Jenny’s mum arranged it for her as a surprise birthday present.

At Kostas near Porto Cheli we met up with English Bull Terrier Penelope who belongs to Matt and Sophie. She travelled out to Greece with us in April and has spent the whole summer in Spetzes, making friends with other dogs and playing on the beach every day. Now she’s on her way back to Surrey.

Stratis won the hearts of Kiki, Martha (here), Marguerita and the rest of the team at Filozoikos

Stratis won the hearts of Kiki, Martha (here), Marguerita and the rest of the team at Filozoikos

Stratis and Sebastian have a quick play in the car park

Stratis and Sebastian have a quick play in the car park

 Martha and Marguerite attaching the special goodbye collar that all the dogs get, and telling Stratis to be a good boy in England

Martha and Marguerite attaching the special goodbye collar that all the dogs get, and telling Stratis to be a good boy in England

Sebastian checking out his accommodation in our van

Sebastian checking out his accommodation in our van

Looks like it's been a lovely relaxing summer for Penelope and her family

Looks like it’s been a lovely relaxing summer for Penelope and her family

Penelope on board

Penelope on board

Matt taking photos of Penelope and all her travel companions

Matt taking photos of Penelope and all her travel companions

Faris brings us Forcy

Faris brings us Forcy

Forcy looking a bit cross at being 'abandoned' by Faris, but we'll sure he'll soon settle in to the journey

Forcy looking a bit cross at being ‘abandoned’ by Faris, but we’ll sure he’ll soon settle in to the journey

Nikolas brings us Suzana

Nikolas brings us Suzana

Suzana is quite a character dog. She's trying to pretend she's not interested in us. She ignored the Bonio courier M gave her then, when he turned away, she couldn't resist a quick bite. Caught you in the act, Suzana!

Suzana is quite a character dog. She’s trying to pretend she’s not interested in us. She ignored the Bonio courier M gave her then, when he turned away, she couldn’t resist a quick bite. Caught you in the act, Suzana!

Reunions for Colin, Paddy, Gizzy, Kitteon, Topy and Pudin; and Daisy is now on board

On reaching Greece Animalcouriers headed to the town of Larissa, about three hours north of Athens, to collect Jack Russell Daisy. Her owner, John, has relocated to England and Daisy is off to join him.

Then it was off to Athens where we popped in to visit the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens central park, to catch up with Kiki, Martha and all the rest of the team who look after the dogs. As usual, they were working flat out, with 140 dogs to care for. Kiki, who is always optimistic, said: “But we have found 150 new homes so far this year.” And indeed, another dog was rehomed while we were visiting.

We then made our way to Piraeus port and caught the overnight ferry to Crete. We went to Paul and Anne to deliver their family of four cats and two Chihuahuas. Anne is a self-confessed ‘mad cat lady’ — they’ve been on Crete for less than a month and she’s already looked after a litter of stray kittens, had them neutered, and relocated them to a safe place to live!

Just some of the 140 dogs being cared for the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens

Just some of the 140 dogs being cared for the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens

The well designed puppy units are always in use

The well designed puppy units are always in use

A man who's expressed an interest in a young dog meets him properly and takes him for a walk

A man who’s expressed an interest in a young dog meets him properly and takes him for a walk

Just before the dog leaves for his new home, he stops for a quick play with Sebastian, who'll be travelling to the UK with us on this trip. Sebastian lets us see how gentle he is, with friendly nibbles and playing.

Just before the dog leaves for his new home, he stops for a quick play with Sebastian, who’ll be travelling to the UK with us on this trip. Sebastian lets us see how gentle he is, with friendly nibbles and playing.

Sebastian shows us the smart dog house he's been using

Sebastian shows us the smart dog house he’s been using

A close-up of the little sign on it reveals that it was donated by lovers of Dorset cream teas!

A close-up of the little sign on it reveals that it was donated by lovers of Dorset cream teas!

Colin and Paddy are reunited with Anne and Paul

Colin and Paddy are reunited with Anne and Paul

Kitteon and Topy set about exploring their new Cretan home

Kitteon and Topy set about exploring their new Cretan home

This little ginger chap is the last of the litter Anne has been looking after. He wasn't ready to be neutered at the same time as his siblings, and is hopeful he might join Anne and Paul's family. Anne thinks he might, too!

This little ginger chap is the last of the litter Anne has been looking after. He wasn’t ready to be neutered at the same time as his siblings, and is hopeful he might join Anne and Paul’s family. Anne thinks he might, too!

Walking Jack Russell Daisy on the beach on Crete

Walking Jack Russell Daisy on the beach on Crete

Such a lovely beach, she could hardly tear herself away!

Such a lovely beach, she could hardly tear herself away!

Daisy on the ferry back to the Greek mainland — a very happy sailor

Daisy on the ferry back to the Greek mainland — a very happy sailor

Cats and dogs heading to Italy and Greece

With one group of passengers already travelling south with Animalcouriers to Spain and Portugal, another set of dogs and cats are on their way to Italy and Greece.

On board are Paul and Anne’s four cats — Pudin, Topy, Gizzy and Kitteon — along with their Chihuahua chums Paddy and Colin. The whole family is swapping damp and windy Southampton for warm and sunny Crete. While Paul and Anne went on ahead to get the new home ready, the cats stayed at Burntwood Kennels and Cattery and the dogs homeboarded with us. Paddy and Colin are quantum dogs — now you see them, now you don’t — then suddenly up they pop somewhere else in their compartment!

Handsome Rino is off to Milan because his owner, Matteo, is relocating there from London. Until Matteo arrives, Rino is staying with his cousin Lorenzo. There’s definitely something very Italian about Rino that made us giggle — one minute he’s rushing around, the next you can’t move him!

Great Dane Jax, travelling from Devon, is our largest passenger by a long chalk. Penny and her family were relieved to find us as they’d drawn a blank on aircraft that could take his big travel box. We’re enjoying having him on board — he’s quite a sensitive fellow who sort of leans on you while you walk him. Apparently he’s not too keen on other dogs, but when he caught sight of the Chihuahuas through a small mesh window there were waggy tails all round.

Beautiful calico Gizzy

Beautiful calico Gizzy

Pretty tortie Topy

Pretty tortie Topy

Lovely ginger tabby Kitteon

Lovely ginger tabby Kitteon

Shiny black Pudin

Shiny black Pudin

Two little Chihuahuas — Paddy is even smaller than Colin

Two little Chihuahuas — Paddy is even smaller than Colin

Our route took us through Switzerland en route to Milan. That's courier M walking with Jax in the middle of all that lovely green!

Our route took us through Switzerland en route to Milan. That’s courier M walking with Jax in the middle of all that lovely green!

Rino managing to look both cute and intelligent

Rino managing to look both cute and intelligent

Rino safely delivered to his owner's cousin, Lorenzo

Rino safely delivered to his owner’s cousin, Lorenzo

Jax tries out for — and has every chance of winning — the 'longest tongue' competition

Jax tries out for — and has every chance of winning — the ‘longest tongue’ competition

Meet our passengers travelling to Spain and Portugal

Animalcouriers has set off from the UK with pets on board who are heading to Spain and Portugal.

Our first stop was to collect Brockman and Muller in Wales. These two English Bulldogs — known affectionately as Slug and Slobber — are off to Cadiz in Spain, where their footballing owner has relocated to play for a Spanish team. They’re a fine pair of dogs with massive personalities and very charming smiley faces.

Lovely trio Spanish Water Dog Lola, Jack Russell Terrier Millie and Maine Coon Alfie joined us in Lancashire and are travelling with us to Portugal. With shiny new passports and smart haircuts all three were ready for the off when we arrived. We’ll be dropping them off for a short stay at Barking Mad Kennels until their owners arrive.

German Shepherd Dog Nanook met us at the door when we called in to collect her in Lincolnshire. She’s travelling with us to Seville in Spain, where her family are relocating. She’s a sweetheart of a dog who quickly made friends with Brockman and Muller. Nanook recently lost her canine companion and a new chum will be introduced to her in Spain when her family arrive to join her.

From there it was off to France, where we stopped near the southern town of Narbonne to collect Jackie’s three cats and two dogs. Over the years we’ve helped Jackie and family make a number of house moves. Around 11 years ago she moved from Wales to the Andalucia region of Spain with her four cats, then she relocated to France. Now four years later everyone’s heading to the Costa del Sol in Malaga to reconnect with old friends. Naturally some pets have come and gone over time. The current line-up — cats Blackie, Maisie and Madge, and dogs Coco and Derecha — will have a short stay in kennels while the final touches are put to their new Spanish home.

Muller gives us his best wink

Muller gives us his best wink

Brockman tries out for 'longest tongue'

Brockman tries out for ‘longest tongue’

They make a handsome pair

They make a handsome pair

Best mates Lola (behind) and Mille (front)

Best mates Lola (behind) and Mille (front)

Handsome floofy Alfie

Handsome floofy Alfie

Beautiful friendly Nanook

Beautiful friendly Nanook

Jackie's lovely dogs Coco and Derecha

Jackie’s lovely dogs Coco and Derecha

A big hug for Maisie

A big hug for Maisie

Madge has a darling black smudge on her nose

Madge has a darling black smudge on her nose

Blackie gets settled in for the trip south

Blackie gets settled in for the trip south

Emmi, Bear, Callie and Soggy leave the UK; Huxley arrives; and Phoebe settles in

Animalcouriers drove to Cornwall to collect tabby cats Tips and Emmi, and Labrador/Great Dane cross Bear. We met up with Tips and Emmi near beautiful Redruth, where they have been staying at the Sun Valley cattery, a lovely place that lives up to its name. Once their paperwork and vet visits are complete, they’ll be flying off to join their owners in Singapore.

Bear has been staying with family friends near Tiintagel while waiting to join his owners in Paris. Bear stayed overnight with Animalcouriers and continued his journey to Paris by road the next day.

Beautiful fox red Labrador pup Callie had an early morning check-in at Manchester airport for her Monarch flight to Faro in Portugal. Very quickly after her arrival on the Algarve, she settled in with the family’s other dogs, Tara and Amber.

Soggy has swapped Paris for Perth, flying with Qantas from London Heathrow. He was living with his family just outside Paris until July, but they had to be in Australia before Soggy’s entry paperwork was complete. So his owner found him a foster family in her native Scotland who completely fell for his Golden Retriever charm. Animalcouriers took him to the airport and he’s now spending 10 days in quarantine kennels at Eastern Creek in Sydney, before being reunited with his family.

Handsome young Huxley flew into Gatwick airport from Ibiza. By lunchtime he’d cleared customs and was ready to continue his journey with Animalcouriers to be reunited with his owner in east London.

Meanwhile, we heard from Liz that her cat Phoebe, who travelled with us from France to the UK before flying with Emirates to Melbourne, is doing well:

“My son and I picked Phoebe up from Spotswood Kennels. She did not know me at first, but I sat in the back of the car with her and slowly it dawned on her who I was; inasmuch as fondling my fingers through the cat basket and purring loudly and continually during the journey home of an hour plus. Since being home she has explored everywhere, even jumped on the edge of the bath to look inside. I am really impressed with Animalcouriers and wish I’d found you earlier. Caring and efficient are the first words that come to mind. I will always recommend you and a huge ‘thank you’ for being there in my hour of need. Spotswood Quarantine are delightful too.”

Tips was originally a feral cat and isn't too keen on being picked up. But with a little gentle persuasion and some light stroking she settled in to her travel compartment for the journey

Tips was originally a feral cat and isn’t too keen on being picked up. But with a little gentle persuasion and some light stroking she settled in to her travel compartment for the journey

Emmi was very calm and took travelling in her stride

Emmi was very calm and took travelling in her stride

Little Border Terrier Ted became great friends with gentle giant Bear while he was staying

Little Border Terrier Ted became great friends with gentle giant Bear while he was staying

Irresistible pup Callie

Irresistible pup Callie

Callie with Tara the Spaniel and Amber, another fox red Lab

Callie with Tara the Spaniel and Amber, another fox red Lab

Ten-year-old Soggy

Ten-year-old Soggy

Handsome Huxley

Handsome Huxley

Phoebe well and truly settled in

Phoebe well and truly settled in