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

Coco, Jules and Jim get on board; and Rudi, Lillian, Rusty, Poppy, Sushi and Ninja are home

The last passengers to board the Animalcouriers van in France were darling Bichon Frise Coco and handsome tuxedo cats Jules and Jim. Coco travelled with us in April to the south of France for a lovely long summer holiday, and is now heading home to Glasgow. Regular passengers Jules and Jim have been at their summer residence near Perpignan and are now returning to London.

Once back in Blighty, we reunited Lillian with Jessica, Rusty with Bob, and Sushi and Ninja with Cheila.

We also received a couple of lovely photos from Fiona of cat Poppy, who has moved south from Scotland to live with her.

Coco all ready to get going

Coco all ready to get going

Jules chilling out on the terrace — my, what big paws you have Jules!

Jules chilling out on the terrace — my, what big paws you have Jules!

Rudi was excited to be home with her new family, who adopted her while they were on holiday in Portugal

Rudi was excited to be home with her new family, who adopted her while they were on holiday in Portugal

Little Lillian with Jessica and Romeo — Jessica told us she originally had to barter with some gypsies for Lillian

Little Lillian with Jessica and Romeo — Jessica told us she originally had to barter with some gypsies for Lillian

A rapturous reunion for Rusty and Bob — Rusty has been Bob's sidekick for more years than either cares to admit, since Bob found Rusty as a puppy in a ditch

A rapturous reunion for Rusty and Bob — Rusty has been Bob’s sidekick for more years than either cares to admit, since Bob found Rusty as a puppy in a ditch

Rusty tells Bob all about his travels

Rusty tells Bob all about his travels

Poppy has settled in very well with Fiona

Poppy has settled in very well with Fiona

As you can see, Poppy is very relaxed and happy

As you can see, Poppy is very relaxed and happy

A wonderful video of Ninja exploring, how on earth did he fit in there?

Sushi playing with a new toy – nice and shiny!

Cookie, Molli and Whisky — and Bandit makes four

On Tuesday night Animalcouriers stayed at the Hotel Almazara in Loja, not far from Malaga. We enjoyed a fine view of olive trees and vineyards as we walked dogs and cleaned our van the next morning.

Then it was off to Onil to collect Christine’s cats Cookie, Molli and Whisky. Christine splits her time between Javea and the UK. While her cats were boarding in Javea recently Christine received a call to say that unfortunately the cattery owner had died. A neighbour offered to take care of them for a few days, but Christine had to make alternative arrangements quickly, and decided to move them to the UK. Lesley from Kittycare Cattery in Onil quickly stepped in and collected them. She had no trouble rounding up the two girls, but Whisky proved more challenging. Finally, however, all three cats were on board and Lesley was on her way.

The next morning Lesley took the three cats to the vet for the microchipping and rabies vaccinations that would enable them to get pet passports and travel to the UK. Later that day, however, Lesley received a call to say she’d left Whisky behind in Javea. Puzzled, she checked the cats in her cattery. The black-and-white cat who’d been microchipped and given a passport in the name of Whisky closely resembled Whisky, but turned out to be a lookalike who’d been abandoned in Javeaa.

While Lesley made a dash to Javea to retrieve the real Whisky, soft-hearted Christine decided to adopt the interloper. Feeling that he’d executed a very cunning plan, she named him Bandit. Once we heard the story, we offered to transport him for free. There wasn’t room for him on this trip, so he’s staying with Lesley until next month.

Last night we’d reached one of our favourite stopovers — the Hotel Picque in Gandesa, a lovely, very Spanish, and inexpensive place to stay. This morning we’re continuing north through Spain and will cross into France.

Cookie, Molli and Whisky — a fine trio, soon to be a quartet

Cookie, Molli and Whisky — a fine trio, soon to be a quartet

Lucie is so chatty and friendly, we can see why Jayne is missing her. Lucie would like nothing more than to be let out of her compartment to play!

Lucie is so chatty and friendly, we can see why Jayne is missing her. Lucie would like nothing more than to be let out of her compartment to play!

What do you think Lucie is saying here?

What do you think Lucie is saying here?

Stunning British Shorthair kitten Aphrodite

Stunning British Shorthair kitten Aphrodite

She has winking down to a fine art!

She has winking down to a fine art!

Sushi is taking travelling in her stride

Sushi is taking travelling in her stride

Ninja gives us a winsome look

Ninja gives us a winsome look

The view in Loja as we walked the dogs

The view in Loja as we walked the dogs

Handsome, well behaved Clay on his morning walk

Handsome, well behaved Clay on his morning walk

LIllian — a little dog in a big landscape

LIllian — a little dog in a big landscape

We knew Jake had a reputation for chewing leads, but this time he's had a go at the mat in his compartment!

We knew Jake had a reputation for chewing leads, but this time he’s had a go at the mat in his compartment!

This old grape press at the edge of the Hotel Picque's car park reminds us that Gandesa has a thriving wine industry

This old grape press at the edge of the Hotel Picque’s car park reminds us that Gandesa has a thriving wine industry

Here's another reminder! The harvest can't be far off.

Here’s another reminder! The harvest can’t be far off.

Rudi assessing the ripeness of the grapes

Rudi assessing the ripeness of the grapes

Cisco wondering about scrumping some grapes

Cisco wondering about scrumping some grapes

Meet Cisco, Clay, Rusty, Aphrodite, Lucie and Jake; and a cute pup who needs a home

Animalcouriers collected Labradors Cisco and Clay at Barking Mad Kennels in Lagos, Portugal. Following a summer in Portugal, these two are heading back to Wimbledon in the UK to rejoin their family. Also getting on board was Rusty, who is moving to Surrey having lived all his life until now on the Algarve. He’s quite a senior chap so his family are keen to have him home.

We stayed the night at the Monte Rosa B&B, just a few kilometres from the kennels. It’s a very quiet, rural location — perfect for us and our pets.

As we continued north the next morning, we stopped near Mexilhoeria Grande to collect Aphrodite from her breeder Ana. Although bred in Portugal, Aphrodite is a British Shorthair, who’s off to live in Scotland.

Once across the border and into Spain, we called in at Pets Paradise in Sabinillas in Andalucia, where we were pleased to catch up with owner Louise again. She brought us Lucie, who belongs to Jayne. Jayne relocated from Gibraltar to the UK a few weeks ago, and we were pleased to recommend Pets Paradise, where Lucie could stay until we could collect her.

While were chatting with Louise we noticed a police car cruising around. Louise went to see what was happening and discovered the police were trying to round up a stray puppy. Had the officers taken her to the Malaga pound, she would have been put to sleep after seven days if not claimed or rehomed. So Louise took charge of her temporarily and is trying to find a home for her.

Finally, near Marbella, we were joined by regular passenger Jake, a handsome Weimaraner. He seemed pleased to see us and hopped readily into his ‘usual’ compartment. Jake is on his way back to Ireland after his summer holidays.

We love this sign at Barking Mad Kennels

We love this sign at Barking Mad Kennels

Mini Pinscher Lillian's parasite treatment (required for entry into the UK under the pet passport scheme) had timed out, so kennels owner Heather kindly offered to take her to their vet to have it redone

Mini Pinscher Lillian’s parasite treatment (required for entry into the UK under the pet passport scheme) had timed out, so kennels owner Heather kindly offered to take her to their vet to have it redone

Cisco and Clay very excited at the prospect of the journey, waiting eagerly to come out to the van

Cisco and Clay very excited at the prospect of the journey, waiting eagerly to come out to the van

Kennels owner Alan showing off his dog management skills, trying to get Cisco to face the camera — but Cisco thought it was all about sitting for treats

Kennels owner Alan showing off his dog management skills, trying to get Cisco to face the camera — but Cisco thought it was all about sitting for treats

Success at last! Heather and Alan told us they have enjoyed having Cisco  and Clay to stay.

Success at last! Heather and Alan told us they have enjoyed having Cisco and Clay to stay.

Heather brings us Rusty

Heather brings us Rusty

Rusty is ready for the off, with a lovely soft bed in his compartment to rest his old bones on

Rusty is ready for the off, with a lovely soft bed in his compartment to rest his old bones on

He may a senior chap but Rusty is very alert and interested in everything going on around him.

He may a senior chap but Rusty is very alert and interested in everything going on around him

A local resident at the Monte Rosa B&B

A local resident at the Monte Rosa B&B

Rudi was beside herself, desperate to get a sniff of the cat, who couldn't have been less interested

Rudi was beside herself, desperate to get a sniff of the cat, who couldn’t have been less interested

As the cat sauntered off to find something more interesting to do, Rudi showed off her 'standing on my back legs, looking over the wall' skills until the cat was out of sight

As the cat sauntered off to find something more interesting to do, Rudi showed off her ‘standing on my back legs, looking over the wall’ skills until the cat was out of sight

Following a sumptuous breakfast, we were ready to hit the road

Following a sumptuous breakfast, we were ready to hit the road

Ana and her husband with Aphrodite

Ana and her husband with Aphrodite

Louise brings us Jayne's cat Lucie

Louise brings us Jayne’s cat Lucie

The homeless pup in Louise's temporary care — about 8-10 weeks old and real cutie

The homeless pup in Louise’s temporary care — about 8-10 weeks old and real cutie

Jake arriving to join our trip

Jake arriving to join our trip

Jake watching courier M putting the final touches to his bedroom

Jake watching courier M putting the final touches to his bedroom

Spotted on our drive — maize (sweetcorn) drying in the sun

Spotted on our drive — maize (sweetcorn) drying in the sun

Reunions in France for Basil, Pixel, Siku and Bastille; and we meet Paul and his kitten

Animalcouriers met up with Yvonne and her family in St Colomb de Lauzun in south-west France to deliver their cats Basil and Pixel. The family were waiting to visit the local school for their eldest son. From there we headed towards Toulouse where Donal and his brother were waiting for Siku and Bastille.

While he was working in Bordeaux, AA Relay officer Paul was discovered by a litter of kittens. One of them, a very clever girl, has attached herself to Paul and prefers to spend time with him than with her brothers and sisters. So of course, Paul can’t leave her behind.

Yvonne greets Basil

Yvonne greets Basil

A warm welcome for Pixel from Yvonne's sons

A warm welcome for Pixel from Yvonne’s sons

A very happy reunion for Siku with Donal and Paul

A very happy reunion for Siku with Donal and Paul

Despite Bastille's reputation for going AWOL, the brothers didn't bring a carry box for the cat, they simply popped him on Paul's lap.

Despite Bastille’s reputation for going AWOL, the brothers didn’t bring a carry box for the cat, they simply popped him on Paul’s lap.

Paul with his clever kitten

Paul with his clever kitten

He's very pleased with her!

He’s very pleased with her!

Joan and her 16 pets are relocating to Spain

Following a house fire, Joan and her six dogs and 10 cats have relocated from County Leitrim in Ireland to Valencia in Spain. The dogs and cats are all delightful, friendly creatures who took to travelling with Animalcouriers like ducks to water.

As you may imagine, moving such a large family poses quite a few logistical challenges. One issue was that it wasn’t possible to match Joan’s arrival date and ours. Fortunately, we found the Casa Antigua kennels and cattery in Denia, that could take Joan’s pets until she gets to Valencia. Run by Mel and Sue, it’s a fabulous place for dogs and cats to stay. We were particularly impressed by their kindly attitude and their obvious love of working with animals.

The dogs have their own compound with beds dotted about, shady places to snooze, and space to dash about when they want to. Lots of cuddles and a meal were on offer, too. And the cats got the top floor of the house with their very own rooftop garden. There are places to hide and jump, and plenty of food, water and litter trays.

Teddy

Teddy

Teddy's travelling companion

Teddy’s travelling companion

Joan brings us a ginger-and-white puss

Joan brings us a ginger-and-white puss

And another

And another

This lively pair have three eyes and seven legs between them!

This lively pair have three eyes and seven legs between them!

One of the pretty torties

One of the pretty torties

And another

And another

Peanut supervises the boarding process

Peanut supervises the boarding process

These two are happy to share a bedroom

These two are happy to share a bedroom

Biggest dog Tara (a Great Dane) is travelling with littlest dog Katie

Biggest dog Tara (a Great Dane) is travelling with littlest dog Katie

Kissy kissy!

Kissy kissy!

Nom nom!

Nom nom!

The two collies

The two collies

The cats' rooftop garden at Casa Antigua kennels and cattery

The cats’ rooftop garden at Casa Antigua kennels and cattery

Lots of intriguing spaces to explore

Lots of intriguing spaces to explore

A great vantage point

A great vantage point

Comfy indoor space

Comfy indoor space

The dogs' outdoor run

The dogs’ outdoor run

A cuddle from Sue

A cuddle from Sue

Teddy gets in on the act

Teddy gets in on the act

Time for kisses now!

Time for kisses now!

Tara settles in with a chin scratch

Tara settles in with a chin scratch

Team photo

Team photo

Meet Siku and Bastille from Ireland, and Poppy, Pixel and Basil from Scotland

The latest Animalcouriers trip to southern Europe has set off, with pets on board from Ireland and Scotland.

In Dublin we met up with Donal who brought us his very beautiful Samoyed Siku. Donal and his family, including children Finn and Anjae, are relocating to the Toulouse area of France. Donal told us that Siku loves people, which is indeed the case — Siku dashed about between us all, looking for strokes and pats, or perhaps even a treat.

Black cat Bastille was supposed to accompany Siku but had gone AWOL. So having left Siku with us, Donal dashed back home to see if Bastille had shown up. We soon received a call saying the cat had returned home for breakfast, thinking the danger had passed. Donal quickly scooped up Bastille and dashed down the M4 towards Sligo to meet us en route for Belfast to catch the ferry to Cairnryan.

In Scotland we met up with Elizabeth in Dumfries, who brought us her cat Poppy. Poppy is off to live with Elizabeth’s daughter Fiona in Burgess Hill. Although Elizabeth was sad to say goodbye to Poppy, she’s pleased to know Poppy will be staying in the family.

And in Glasgow we collected cats Pixel and Basil, who’ve been staying with our colleagues at Pets on the Move since Yvonne left Fife for the Charente region of France.

With Siku, Bastille, Poppy, Pixel and Basil on board, we headed south towards Dover to catch the ferry to France. We met up with courier R in the pouring rain to hand Poppy to him to complete her journey to Burgess Hill. Courier R, who you may remember is very involved with badger welfare and rescue, had been contacted to collect a young female badger who’d been injured by a car, and needed taking to Wildlife Aid in Leatherhead, Surrey. So he made a brief detour to do that before delivering Poppy to Fiona.

Donal with super-floofy Siku

Donal with super-floofy Siku

Siku ready to get on board

Siku ready to get on board

Donal arriving with escapee Bastille

Donal arriving with escapee Bastille

Elizabeth with Poppy

Elizabeth with Poppy

Pretty Poppy settles in for the journey

Pretty Poppy settles in for the journey

Handsome Basil exploring his surroundings at Pets on the Move

Handsome Basil exploring his surroundings at Pets on the Move

Pretty Pixel likes to know what's going on around her

Pretty Pixel likes to know what’s going on around her

The young badger heading to Wildlife Aid — we wish her all the best for a complete recovery

The young badger heading to Wildlife Aid — we wish her all the best for a complete recovery

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