It’s goodbye Sox — hello Sophie, Donna, Tissou and Petit Choux

Animalcouriers crossed ‘that’ bridge from Denmark to Sweden to deliver Staffie Sox. His owner Ubbi couldn’t be there to meet him, so a friend of his came to collect Sox.

As we said goodbye to Sox, Sophie arrived to join the trip. This gentle Black Lab is travelling from Stockholm to England. Her grandfather came from the UK so she’s effectively going back to her roots! Her family have already moved to their new home in west London, but flew back to Sweden to make sure Sophie was all settled in for the start of her journey.

In addition to Sophie, we also have three more black pets on board — a black Great Dane and two black cats!

Great Dane Donna said goodbye to her family in Linkoping. The two young girls in the family were a bit tearful — they obviously love Donna very much and had made her a pretty coloured necklace for her trip. They also showed us a red ladybird they’d found. The whole family is very excited about their move to Cambridge, where they’ll be reunited with Donna very soon.

Then it was time to collect Tissou and Petit Choux. These little cats hail from Gothenburg and are following their owners to London. Family members were on hand to see these two very well loved kitties off. Petit Choux revealed her diva character, playing cat and mouse under the bed and the sofa; while Tissou adopted a movie star pose on top of the cat tree.

Sox smiles as he tries to peer over the sea wall to watch the yachts near Copenhagen, before we set off for Sweden

Sox smiles as he tries to peer over the sea wall to watch the yachts near Copenhagen, before we set off for Sweden

The Oresund bridge looks stunning against a stormy sky

The Oresund bridge looks stunning against a stormy sky

Sox makes friends with his owner's friend

Sox makes friends with his owner’s friend

Sophie arrives with her very caring owner

Sophie arrives with her very caring owner

Sophie fancied a lie-in, but was soon persuaded up by the promise of a long morning walk on the beautiful Lindo golf course

Sophie fancied a lie-in, but was soon persuaded up by the promise of a long morning walk on the beautiful Lindo golf course

It was a dewy morning as you can see from Sophie's nose

It was a dewy morning as you can see from Sophie’s nose

Donna and her family saying goodbye

Donna and her family saying goodbye

One of the many beautiful rest stops on the motorway for dog (and human) walks

One of the many beautiful rest stops on the motorway for dog (and human) walks

Tissou on high

Tissou on high

No paparazzi please! says Petit Choux

No paparazzi please! says Petit Choux

Heading back over the Oresund bridge towards Denmark

Heading back over the Oresund bridge towards Denmark

Sophie enjoying the sunrise over the water

Sophie enjoying the sunrise over the water

Donna watching the waterfowl in Maribo

Donna watching the waterfowl in Maribo

Travelling from the UK: Billybob, Alfie, Tiger, Lily and Sox

Animalcouriers set off yesterday from the UK with pets bound for Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. The clouds were heavy with rain and we thought Hurricane Bertha might catch up with us — but fortunately we experienced nothing worse than a bit of rain.

First up, we delivered darling Cocker Spaniel Billybob to his temporary home in Liège in Belgium. His owners, Veronique and her husband, are going to spend a few months in Australia, during which time Billybob will stay with Veronique’s mum in Liège before travelling back with us to the UK. Veronique and her husband will then split their time between Australia and the UK, and Billybob will occasionally homeboard with Animalcouriers when both his owners are away.

Kim and her family have relocated from Surrey to a coastal town near Copenhagen in Denmark. Naturally the family’s pets — Cockerpoo Alfie and cats Tiger and Lily — are going too. The cats homeboarded with Animalcouriers for a week while the family took a short holiday — but perhaps they should have come to us sooner, as once the removers arrived Lily realised something was up, and went AWOL three days before we were due to collect them!

Kim was a complete hero, sleeping on the floor of the empty house next to Lily’s food bowl, hoping she would show up. With the local branch of the Cats’ Protection League on standby in case she didn’t reappear before the family went on holiday, Lily came home with just hours to spare! The cats made it to our base in Surrey without any further hitches and behaved perfectly during their stay.

Staffie Sox is relocating with his owner Ubbi from Birmingham in England to the Swedish capital Stockholm. He’s a handsome fellow who’s had quite a bit of dog show success in the UK, which Ubbi is hoping will continue in Sweden.

It’s tricky to get a good photo of Sox as he’s a ball of energy. Life is just too exciting and Sox enjoys every moment of it to the full. He was even pleased to see the six German police officers who came to search the van when they heard strange noises coming from it. It was actually Sox, doing his best impression of a piglet — something his owner had fortunately warned us about!

From Belgium we crossed into Germany, reaching the city of Bremen last night, where we stayed at the university campus hotel. It boasts a rather splendid nature trail, where we enjoyed peaceful walks this morning. Then it was off to catch the ferry to Denmark, to reunite Alfie, Tiger and Lily with their family.

Sox reveals how he got his name

Sox reveals how he got his name

Alfie got a little bit damp on his morning walk…

Alfie got a little bit damp on his morning walk…

 

…as did Billybob — both dogs enjoyed a good shake when they got back to the van

…as did Billybob — both dogs enjoyed a good shake when they got back to the van

 

Tiger watching the dogs coming and going…

Tiger watching the dogs coming and going…

…then rolling over for attention

…then rolling over for attention

Lily snug in her bed

Lily snug in her bed

Billybob at his temporary home in Belgium — after a quick dash around the house, he popped back outside to say goodbye

Billybob at his temporary home in Belgium — after a quick dash around the house, he popped back outside to say goodbye

Out walking on the nature trail, Alfie spotted…

Out walking on the nature trail, Alfie spotted…

…a heron, helping itself to breakfast from the lake

…a heron, helping itself to breakfast from the lake

Sox sits still for just a moment — bribery works wonders!

Sox sits still for just a moment — bribery works wonders!

Sox gives the police officers a warm greeting

Sox gives the police officers a warm greeting

Sweet Alfie is extremely happy to be reunited with his family

Sweet Alfie is extremely happy to be reunited with his family

Special kisses for Kim

Special kisses for Kim

Lily and Tiger about to explore their new Danish home

Lily and Tiger about to explore their new Danish home

Just one example of cool Scandinavian design

Just one example of cool Scandinavian design

Two different Spaniels, two different destinations

Animalcouriers recently welcomed King Charles Spaniel puppy Rhyss and 12-year-old Cocker Spaniel Billybob as homeboarders.

Young Rhyss stayed with us for a couple of days so that we could prepare him for his flight to Barbados. Despite being quite a young puppy, we found him to be a very placid and laid-back fellow, always ready for a chat or a play or to share his supper. We look forward to hearing how he settles in to his new life in the sun.

Billybob stayed with us for a little longer. He originally came to the UK from Australia with his owners Veronique and her husband a few years ago, and has been living in London ever since. Now the family is going back, so Billybob started the round of tests and paperwork that are required for pets to enter Australia.

Unfortunately he tested positive for a blood disorder, Ehrlichia, and Australia doesn’t permit dogs with this disease to enter the country — even when the dog originally came from Australia and could potentially have contracted the disease while living there.

So Veronique had quite a dilemma on her hands. Fortunately, however, a member of her family in Liege in Belgium has offered Billybob a new home. It’s a very happy arrangement and a huge relief for Veronique.

Billybob set off for Belgium today with Animalcouriers. Veronique will be in Liège to meet him and get him settled in, before she leaves for Australia.

Young pup Rhyss

Young pup Rhyss

Handsome grown-up Billybob

Handsome grown-up Billybob

Billybob gets a goodbye hug before he leaves for Belgium

Billybob gets a goodbye hug before he leaves for Belgium

Frank is reunited, Bella flies to the US, and nine cats head to their UK homes

At the Eurotunnel pet reception, dogs Frank and Bella, and cats Tumble, Walt and Jess, who travelled with us from Scandinavia and Germany sailed through their paperwork checks. Unfortunately technical problems delayed our train for a couple of hours, but Frank and Bella didn’t mind too much — it gave them more time to stretch their legs in the doggy exercise area!

When we reached the UK, Frank was whisked off for delivery to Daniel by a fellow courier, while courier S delivered Bella to the Animalcouriers base in Surrey. Bella homeboarded with us overnight before heading to the airport for her flight to the US.

Yesterday courier S was back on the road with a full feline contingent. On board were Tumble from Denmark and Walt and Jess from Berlin, along with Prince and Jazz who travelled with us from Belfast a couple of weeks ago, new faces Asian and McTat, and ‘Omani bin boys’ Syko and Nero whose travels you may have read about before.

Having homeboarded with Animalcouriers since they reached England, black beauties Prince and Jazz arrived at their new country home in Hertfordshire, where their new parents — friends of their original family — greeted them warmly. With new toys, comfy beds, yummy food and plenty of cuddles on offer, this pair look look set to be very happy in their new life.

With impeccable timing, we arrived at Jess and Walt’s home in Sheffield just as their owner Hannah pulled up, having just jetted in from Berlin. Hannah’s parents had welcomed her at the airport with balloons, but the two cats weren’t at all sure they wanted to play with them!

Then it was off to deliver handsome ginger tabby Asian and calico McTat to their new home with Kate. These two hail from south London, but when their owner moved house she couldn’t take them with her. Fortunately her cousin Kate stepped in, and offered them a new home with her in Rotherham. Asian and McTat know Kate well so it won’t take them long to settle in.

Still in Yorkshire, we delivered Syko and Nero to their new home. These handsome black-and-white cats are well travelled, having started life in Oman where they were lucky enough be adopted off the streets by Carol and her husband. From Oman they moved to Australia, and now the whole family has returned to the UK, settling in Saddleworth. The boys reached first, and have been kept amused by regular parcels of toys and goodies sent from Oz. Although Nero is quite a gentle fellow, Syko is a rather different kettle of fish. Luckily Carol and her husband are devoted to them, and have been studying animal psychology to understand how to work with Syko to make him tamer and improve his social skills.

With Tumble still on board, we stopped for the night south of Glasgow, where the Commonwealth Games are in full swing. Tumble will continue her journey towards Dundee on Friday.

Frank found a patch of pretty flowers that set off his black-and-white colouring perfectly

Frank found a patch of pretty flowers that set off his black-and-white colouring perfectly

Bella opted for a more monochrome background for her walk

Bella opted for a more monochrome background for her walk

Bella made herself at home straight away, checking out the kitchen, sipping from the residents' water bowl, and exploring courier J's office

Bella made herself at home straight away, checking out the kitchen, sipping from the residents’ water bowl, and exploring courier J’s office

After a good old stretch, Bella waited patiently for her nighttime snack, then took herself off to bed. What a good girl!

After a good old stretch, Bella waited patiently for her nighttime snack, then took herself off to bed. What a good girl!

Prince and Jazz a bit uncertain for the first few seconds in their new home

Prince and Jazz a bit uncertain for the first few seconds in their new home

Prince is soon won over by all the new toys to play with

Prince is soon won over by all the new toys to play with

Jazz gets a cuddle and a chin scritch

Jazz gets a cuddle and a chin scritch

Jess is pleased to reach Hannah in Sheffield

Jess is pleased to reach Hannah in Sheffield

Walt looks ready to take on the world

Walt looks ready to take on the world

Asian regally checking out his new pad

Asian regally checking out his new pad

McTat taking a few more moments before she's ready to explore Kate's house

McTat taking a few more moments before she’s ready to explore Kate’s house

Syko give us his 'don't mess with me' look

Syko give us his ‘don’t mess with me’ look

Nero is ready to pounce from on high

Nero is ready to pounce from on high

A well appointed playroom for Syko and Nero

A well appointed playroom for Syko and Nero

Tumble settles in for a relaxing evening — sweet dreams of haggis running around the moors, perhaps?

Tumble settles in for a relaxing evening — sweet dreams of haggis running around the moors, perhaps?

Edwin arrives in Berlin; and Jess, Walt and Bella get on board

Silver tabby Edwin’s owner Anne rang Animalcouriers to say her flight to Berlin was horribly delayed, making our planned rendezvous impossible. Fortunately, vet Kai-Uwe Dix was willing to step into the breach to cat-sit (and doubtless pamper) Edwin until Anne arrived.

So courier S was able to be on her way to collect Jess and Walt. These two gorgeous tabby cats are heading with their owner Hannah back to Sheffield, following a year of studying in Berlin. Hannah says it’s been the best year ever and she would love to come back (with Jess and Walt, of course). Hannah adopted these two cats from a Spanish rescue organisation. As kittens, they had lived on the streets, but now lead a cosy indoor life.

From Berlin it was off to Stuttgart to pick up Bella. A Rottie cross, this beautiful dog is heading back from Germany to the US with her family. She’s travelling with us by road to London, and will fly from Heathrow to San Antonio later in the week, once her paperwork and health checks are complete.

Today we’re driving into France and are en route to Calais for our crossing to the UK.

Edwin safely delivered to vet Kai-Uwe Dix

Edwin safely delivered to vet Kai-Uwe Dix

Hannah comes to meet us with Jess and Walt

Hannah comes to meet us with Jess and Walt

Wide-eyed Walt — both cats soon settled down in their travel compartment

Wide-eyed Walt — both cats soon settled down in their travel compartment

Jess carefully inspecting her new surroundings

Jess carefully inspecting her new surroundings

Bella's family saw her off with hugs and kisses

Bella’s family saw her off with hugs and kisses

Heavy storms and rain last night drove hordes of huge snails out onto the pavements in Stuttgart

Heavy storms and rain last night drove hordes of huge snails out onto the pavements in Stuttgart – it’s now a race to Calais…

Tumble – not amused by snail jokes

Tumble – not amused by snail jokes

Jess (in front) and Walt (behind) wonder what's for breakfast

Jess (in front) and Walt (behind) wonder what’s for breakfast

Jess as a cute kitten in her passport photo

Jess as a cute kitten in her passport photo

Bella always seems to have a smile on her face

Bella always seems to have a smile on her face

Frank loving his morning walk

Frank loving his morning walk

Frank and Tumble join our trip from Scandinavia

Four-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Frank may be a small dog but he has a huge personality. He joined the Animalcouriers trip in Gothenburg in Sweden, as he is moving to Surrey with his owner Annica and her English boyfriend Daniel. Frank is used to sleeping in bed with his mum, so courier S promised he’ll be allowed to share with her on the journey.

We then crossed from Sweden to Denmark to collect Tumble. Originally a rescue cat from Scotland, Tumble was adopted by Steven, then moved with him and his young family to Denmark. Now they’re returning to Scotland — Tumble is going on ahead and will stay with Steven’s parents for a few weeks until her family completes their move. Tumble has chosen to be a very outdoor cat over the past year, but she is a very friendly character who enjoys a good cuddle.

Frank gets a goodbye hug from Annika

Frank gets a goodbye hug from Annica

Frank enjoying the fresh air on his walk near Malmo

Frank enjoying the fresh air on his walk near Malmo

Yes, it's 'that' bridge again — the Oresund Bridge that links Sweden and Denmark

Yes, it’s ‘that’ bridge again — the Oresund Bridge that links Sweden and Denmark

Steven says goodbye to Tumble

Steven says goodbye to Tumble

Morning all! Frank woke in a very cheeky mood, perhaps owing to the smell of frying bacon coming from the hotel kitchen. He settled instead for a bracing walk and a breakfast of Pedigree and a Bonio treat.

Morning all! Frank woke in a very cheeky mood, perhaps owing to the smell of frying bacon coming from the hotel kitchen. He settled instead for a bracing walk and a breakfast of Pedigree and a Bonio treat.

Sculpture at the national park in Holte, Denmark, of a family of deer. Here's the mum giving her youngster milk…

Sculpture at the national park in Holte, Denmark, of a family of deer. Here’s the mum giving her youngster milk…

…while dad has a good ol' chin scratch

…while dad has a good ol’ chin scratch

Tumble eyes up the queues of holiday traffic as we wait to board the Rodby ferry from Denmark to Germany

Tumble eyes up the queues of holiday traffic as we wait to board the Rodby ferry from Denmark to Germany

Edwin spots our neighbours on the ferry…

Edwin spots our neighbours on the ferry…

…Better behave, Edwin!

…Better behave, Edwin!

Archie and Cosmo get the warmest of welcomes; and Edwin is a happy traveller

Gorgeous Archie arrived at his new home in Mannheim in Germany and had a crazy five minutes dashing round the garden with family members.

Animalcouriers had been somewhat baffled by his coat — much softer than a Rottweiler’s normally is. It turns out he is partly Collie, and normally has a long soft coat which had been trimmed for the summer. Gave him a fantastic teddy bear look and feel!

The next morning we were up and about early in Denmark, near the Rodby ferry port. Cosmo enjoyed a walk in the beautiful quiet countryside. He and courier S spotted a red squirrel and a wild hare — what a treat. Cosmo spent his puppyhood near this area and seemed to sense a homecoming.

He got a great welcome when we delivered him to his new home near Ringsted, and we can see he’s going to have a lovely life in the country. Cosmo has been rehomed with family members as a new baby in his London family turned out to be very allergic to him. The four-year-old daughter in his new family explained proudly that she was very happy because as well as a baby sister, she now has a dog, too. What more could a little girl ask for? A pony? suggested courier S, before beating a hasty retreat back to Edwin in the van.

Silver tabby Edwin has taken to travelling like a pro. He insists on regular cuddles and makes it quite clear when he’s ready for the next one. Each morning courier S finds his bedroom turned upside down — and while she’s tidying up he seizes the opportunity for extra hugs. He’ll be reunited with owner Anne in just a couple of days.

Archie gets a big hug

Archie gets a big hug

Cosmo taking in the lakes and wildlife on his morning walk…

Cosmo taking in the lakes and wildlife on his morning walk…

… and watching the water birds

… and watching the water birds

Such an intelligent look on Edwin's face as looks out over the lake and listens to the birds

Such an intelligent look on Edwin’s face as looks out over the lake and listens to the birds

Cosmo fits right in with his new family

Cosmo fits right in with his new family

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