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

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