Jet-setting dogs: Layla to Grand Cayman and Charles to Texas

Yesterday Animalcouriers took Utonagan Layla to London Heathrow to catch her flight to Grand Cayman. It’s the first time we’ve met this breed — a cross between a German Shepherd, a Husky and a Malamute that creates beautiful, gentle dogs, if Layla is anything to go by. The name ‘Utonagan’ comes from a Chinook Indian tale and means ‘spirit of the wolf’. Although these dogs look quite wolf like, there’s no wolf in them at all.

Layla’s owner, who has been studying at Glasgow University in Scotland, retuned to Grand Cayman at the end of the academic year, and now Layla is off to rejoin her. Layla spent a few weeks in kennels in Lanark — a familiar holiday home for her during university vacations. Kennel owners Jim and Angela were there to wave her off, quite sad to see her go as they’ve become very fond of her.

Today it was an early start for little Charles, another interesting cross breed. He’s part Shih Tzu, part Jack Russell Terrier and, at just a year old, is super cuddly. Animalcouriers arranged his flight to Houston and we were at the airport to check him in and put the finishing touches to his paperwork.

Charles is off to rejoin his owner who has been studying fashion at Goldsmiths College in London. Charles, named after Charles Dickens, has been her constant companion during the academic year and will be setting paw in the US for the first time in his life.

Lovely laid-back Layla

Lovely laid-back Layla

Cheeky chappie Charles

Cheeky chappie Charles

Chunky and Lurcher pups head north, Anakin and Bob jet off from Heathrow, and Flup and Sailor reach their new home

Courier M collected two Lurcher Collie cross puppies from breeder Sally Handcock in Sutton Coldfield. These two youngsters, who don’t yet have names, are travelling with us to their new owners in Fife in Scotland. Also on board was lovely tortoiseshell cat Chunky. This chatty, friendly puss is on her way from Sussex to Cumbria.

Meanwhile courier S made sure stunning Siberian Husky Anakin and incredibly cute Shih Tzu Bob got to Heathrow airport in plenty of time for their flights. Anakin from Hove in West Sussex is flying to New Zealand where his owners are relocating. Anakin was originally born and raised in the US, and accompanied his family when work brought them to the UK, so he’s a seasoned traveller who takes flying in his stride.

Bob travelled with us from Lancashire, where his owner shed a few tears at the prospect of even a short time apart. He spent the night before his flight home boarding with Animalcouriers, then it was off Heathrow for his flight to Australia, where he’ll be reuinited with his family.

We also heard from Maddie, who adopted little Greek kitties Flup and Sailor. She says:

“Flup and Sailor arrived this evening! And oh my god are they cute! Flup is best friends with everything and everyone straight away! He’s just a little bundle of love! Sailor is a little unsure but has already settled down some since coming home so I think she will be absolutely fine in no time! Good thing she has her buddy Flup with her!

They really are so so sweet though. I’m in love with them already. They haven’t been formally introduced to Zeus yet as we want them to settle first but he knows something is going on and he’s very excited! We have two weeks off work to slowly introduce them properly so that they become best of friends.”

Little girl puppy

Little girl puppy

Little boy puppy

Little boy puppy

Sally's Lurcher Collie pups are all very alert and pleased to meet new people

Sally’s Lurcher Collie pups are all very alert and pleased to meet new people

Chunky shows us her lovely tortie markings

Chunky shows us her lovely tortie markings

Handsome Anakin with his blue and brown eyes

Handsome Anakin with his blue and brown eyes

A last goodbye to a very relaxed Anakin as he head off to board his flight. The airport vet commented on what a beautiful and gentle dog he is.

A last goodbye to a very relaxed Anakin as he head off to board his flight. The airport vet commented on what a beautiful and gentle dog he is.

Loving and well loved Bob

Loving and well loved Bob

Bob has a goodbye chat with house dog Hugo — these two really bonded while Bob was staying

Bob has a goodbye chat with house dog Hugo — these two really bonded while Bob was staying

Bob is cleared and ready for take-off

Bob is cleared and ready for take-off

Flup and Sailor on their way to their new home

Flup and Sailor on their way to their new home

Black Lab Bo jets off to Mallorca for the summer

Beautiful Bo, who has travelled with Animalcouriers before, spends her summer holidays with her family on the sunny Spanish island of Mallorca.

Yesterday morning we collected her bright and early from her London home and went straight to the vet where she had a health check and her passport was certified to say she was fit to fly. After that Bo had a few hours to relax before her afternoon flight to rejoin her excited family.

Happy, relaxed Bo is all set for her holiday

Happy, relaxed Bo is all set for her holiday

Hutch hops across the pond to Washington DC

Animalcouriers recently collected Hutch, a handsome young continental rabbit, from www.dariusbunny.co.uk in England’s West Country and arranged his flight to the US.

Hutch’s American owner Max wrote to say:

“Thank you all so much for the care with my new ‘son’. He follows his ‘big brother’ Odin every where. There was a massive storm so the Customs Agents allowed him to hop around while we waited for it to pass. Finishing touches went on Hutch’s custom hide box to match our media room suite. Custom ceramic bowls came from artist. Food ordered, veg purchased — all that is left is playpen and pram!”

Max runs The Bunny Hutch, an organisation that provides education, rescue, pet care support and rehab. She also sent us some fantastic support bracelets from the ‘Bunnies for Troops’ line, whose proceeds go to wounded worriers.

Hutch was just eight weeks old in this photo — imagine how huge he'll end up!

Hutch was just eight weeks old in this photo — imagine how huge he’ll end up!

Hutch's custom hide box at his new home

Hutch’s custom hide box at his new home

Hutch and his 'brother' Odin

Hutch and his ‘brother’ Odin

Biscuit flies to Malta; and Penelope is having a lovely time in Greece

Gorgeous rescue Staffordshire cross Biscuit spent Monday night with Animalcouriers. Yesterday she enjoyed an early morning walk in the English countryside before we took her to London Gatwick airport for her flight to Malta. This lucky girl is off to start a new life with a new family under the Maltese sun. We’re sure many happy days await her.

Meanwhile we received news and photos of English Bull Terrier Penelope, who recently travelled with us to Greece. She’s spending several months in Spetses with her owners Sophie and Matt, and looks set to travel back to the UK with us after the summer.

What a lovely girl Biscuit is!

What a lovely girl Biscuit is!

Biscuit admires the English spring flowers

Biscuit admires the English spring flowers

Penelope with her Greek cousin Frikos. Sophie tells us they go for a run on the beach together every day and Penelope is loving going for a dip!

Penelope with her Greek cousin Frikos. Sophie tells us they go for a run on the beach together every day and Penelope is loving going for a dip!

Penelope looks to have made herself quite at home

Penelope looks to have made herself quite at home

Penelope gets a big hug from Matt

Penelope gets a big hug from Matt

Penelope catches some Greek rays

Penelope catches some Greek rays

Little Vlads is heading for Bermuda

Eight-week-old Cockadoodle Vlads is travelling all the way from England to Bermuda. Animalcouriers collected this puppy in Lincolnshire and drove him to Surrey, where he’ll homeboard with us until his papers are ready for him to fly.

We know L will thoroughly enjoy looking after him until he’s ready to head off to join his excited new family in Bermuda.

We’d like to wish all our followers and friends a very Happy Easter — what better way to celebrate than with a little puppy porn!

Vlads settles in for the journey south

Vlads settles in for the journey south

Dip and Piri are heading to New Zealand

Having delivered Bibi, Digger and Kizzy to kennels in Normandy, Animalcouriers headed off to Brittany to pick up Jack Russell Terrier Dip and Golden Retreiver/Labrador cross Piri. They have a long journey ahead of them as they’re flying to New Zealand!

We crossed to the UK by Eurotunnel, with this inseparable pair sitting side by side, barking in unison to greet every toll booth attendant. They spent last night with courier S, and this morning they’re off to stay in kennels in Sussex while their paperwork, blood tests and vaccinations are finalised for their entry into New Zealand.

Lovely Dip

Lovely Dip

Gorgeous Piri

Gorgeous Piri

Safe arrival in the UK of our Greek contingent

Animalcouriers reached Treetops Kennels in Surrey at 9.45pm yesterday. We and our passengers who had travelled from Greece — Carmel, Dimos, Melissa, Stella and Zorba — received a warm welcome from Conrad of the Filozoikos support team, and Chris and his staff from Treetops, who’d kindly stayed open late to greet us.

As we left, all five dogs were being fed and tucked up for the night.

Dimos

Dimos

Stella — still keen to go shopping!

Stella — still keen to go shopping!

Carmel

Carmel

Melissa

Melissa

Zorba

Zorba

Honi is so glad to be reunited with Carla and Poppy in Ecuador

Carla wrote to let us know that she and her dog Honi arrived safely after their flight from London to Ecuador, and that Honi is delighted to be back with her ‘sister’ Poppy. Carla tells us:

“Honi and Poppy had missed each other so much, it was just the best thing to see them back together and happy again. Thanks for all your amazing help getting Honi to me. I appreciate it so much.”

Carla included some photos of a long walk she went on with both dogs the day they were all back together — looks like they had a wonderful time!

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Honi makes a bee-line for Ecuador

Animalcouriers received a phone call from Carla in Ecuador a few days ago. She’d had to fly out of the UK without her beloved dog Honi, because of problems with Honi’s travel box.

Many phone calls and emails followed while Carla tried to sort out how to get Honi into Ecuador as a cargo booking. KLM offered the best route via Amsterdam, but Carla was overwhelmed by the maze of Ecuadorean bureaucracy. In the end, she realised she would have to return to the UK and accompany Honi on her flight to Ecuador.

Animalcouriers supported Carla by arranging the legalisation of Honi’s export certificate and her secondary vet visit, and sorting out a replacement travel box. We battled through rain and floods to collect Honi from her foster carers in Gloucester, and delivered her to London’s Heathrow airport where she was reuinited with Carla in good time for their 4.00am check-in for the flight to Amsterdam.

Carla with Honi at Heathrow Terminal 4. As the vet commented, Carla really loves her dog!

Carla with Honi at Heathrow Terminal 4. As the vet commented, Carla really loves her dog!