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!

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!

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!

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

Jet-setting pets — Dixie, Sasha and Vikki; Nutmeg; Charlie; and Trygve

Animalcouriers arranged for Spaniels Dixie, Sasha and Vikki to fly home to London Gatwick following a summer holiday in Majorca. Their owners travel a lot for work, so the next flight this intrepid trio takes may be to South America in a few months’ time.

Golden Retriever Nutmeg, who flew to Shanghai just a few days ago is doing well. He overnighted in Hong Kong where he homeboarded with Ferndale Kennels, the Hong Kong pet transport company that took care of the Chinese leg of his journey. Nutmeg’s owner Sinead told us:

“Just thought I would get in touch and let you know Nutmeg has arrived safely and is starting to settle down in his new environment. Thank you for a great service and will be in touch when he returns!”

We also heard from Francene in Barbados that young King Charles Spaniel puppy Rhys — now known as Charlie — arrived safely:

“Thank you again for facilitating and accommodating my purchase of a puppy from Raoul. Everything worked out and the puppy arrived safely. The flight was slightly delayed but the puppy was fine and is now settling in nicely.”

And finally, Norwegian Forest kitten Trygve recently moved from Yorkshire to Singapore. His breeder Loraine was understandably anxious about the move, but was reassured when new owner Carina wrote to say:

“Trygve arrived safely and in good spirits. He very quickly settled in with no signs of jet lag despite the long journey. We would like to say a very big thank you to you and your team for all your help with the arrangements and for being so accommodating to our needs and requests. We also appreciate the promptness with which you responded to our emails which made communication so easy given the time difference between us.”

Dixie, Sasha and Vikki touch down in London

Dixie, Sasha and Vikki touch down in London

Nutmeg overnighting in Hong Kong

Nutmeg overnighting in Hong Kong

Cute pup Charlie explores his new garden

Cute pup Charlie explores his new garden

Handsome young Trygve settles in to his new home in Singapore

Handsome young Trygve settles in to his new home in Singapore

Trygve at 15 weeks old, before he left Yorkshire

Trygve at 15 weeks old, before he left Yorkshire

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

Thaddeus and Perseus from Greece are en route for Ireland

Animalcouriers met Sarah at Folkestone Services. She had flown from Athens in Greece to Brussels in Belgium, then taken a taxi to England.

She was travelling with three cats of her own, plus two rescue cats from Nine Lives Greece, Thaddeus (formerly Homer) and Perseus, whose ultimate destination is Ireland, where a new home with Ann and Trevor awaits them.

Until their transport to Donegal is arranged, Thaddeus and Perseus are homeboarding with Animalcouriers.

Sarah with her beautiful tabby cat

Sarah with her beautiful tabby cat

Handsome ginger Perseus

Handsome ginger Perseus

Perseus and Thaddeus

Perseus and Thaddeus

Sarah says goodbye to Perseus and Thaddeus — Perseus very politely shaking hands!

Sarah says goodbye to Perseus and Thaddeus — Perseus very politely shaking hands!

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!