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
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
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 is soon won over by all the new toys to play with
Jazz gets a cuddle and a chin scritch
Jess is pleased to reach Hannah in Sheffield
Walt looks ready to take on the world
Asian regally checking out his new pad
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
Nero is ready to pounce from on high
A well appointed playroom for Syko and Nero
Tumble settles in for a relaxing evening — sweet dreams of haggis running around the moors, perhaps?