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

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

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

Edwin and Archie are off to Germany, while Cosmo heads to Denmark

As the Animalcouriers trip from southern Europe with couriers J and M nears the UK, courier S has set out for northern Europe with Edwin, Archie and Cosmo.

Canadian-born Anne has recently finished her master’s in music at Glasgow, and now she and her handsome silver tabby cat Edwin are off to the magical city of Berlin for auditions and new operatic opportunities.

Rottweiler Archie is travelling with us to Mannheim. Sadly this lovely fellow’s owner recently passed away, but members of his extended family in Germany have offered him a new home, where he’s sure of a very warm welcome.

Also on board is Rhodesian Ridgeback Cosmo, who is relocating with his owner from London to Ringsted in Denmark, where a life in the country awaits him. Both Archie and Cosmo enjoyed walks in the Sussex countryside before we set off.

Anne with Edwin when we collected him a few days ago in Scotland

Anne with Edwin when we collected him a few days ago in Scotland

Edwin is very alert to everything around him — must have a good ear, like his mum!

Edwin is very alert to everything around him — must have a good ear, like his mum!

Archie enjoys a walk before we set off

Archie enjoys a walk before we set off

Cosmo gets a feel for the countryside…

Cosmo gets a feel for the countryside…

…and tries out for the 'longest tongue' competition

…and tries out for the ‘longest tongue’ competition

Max and Isabelle reach their new home, and we receive news of Matilda

Stunning feline duo Max and Isabelle have been reunited with their owner Kristen. Home for these top gun cats is now RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, where Kristen has been posted following a spell in Germany. She’s looking forward to settling Max and Isabelle into their new environment.

We also received an update on another lovely cat passenger. Matilda travelled with us from Lefkas in March this year, at a rather challenging time for pet travel from Greece. Her journey to the UK started by road, involved an unexpected flight in the middle, and finished by road and sea. Matilda was magnificent throughout, completely unfazed by each new step and mode of transport. Her owner Jenny has kept in touch, and recentlly sent us some news and photos:

“Here are a couple of pictures of Matilda. The thing round her neck is an electronic identity tag for her cat-flap, which she mastered admirably in a very short time! Fortunately the back gardens of these houses are well away from the busy road at the front, and she is quite safe frolicking out there, sharpening her claws on the decking and tree. She only got stuck up the tree once, the first time, and had to be helped down!

Once again, I want to say thank you for taking such excellent care of her during that ridiculously difficult journey from Lefkas.”

Kristen is delighted to be reunited with Max and Isabelle

Kristen is delighted to be reunited with Max and Isabelle

Matilda enjoying her sunny UK garden

Matilda enjoying her sunny UK garden

The very beautiful Matilda is not in the least camera shy!

The very beautiful Matilda is not in the least camera shy!

Max, Isabelle and Texas from Europe, a Great Dane rescue, and little Lola on a lap

Stunning feline duo Max and Isabelle are moving from Bamberg in Germany to Cambridgeshire. They belong to Kris who has a new forces posting at Lakenheath and, of course, Max and Isabelle are going too. After a short spell homeboarding locally, where they had a bedroom to themselves filled with toys, they crossed the channel yesterday evening with courier S and will stay with Animalcouriers until Kris has completed her move. It was a bit of a tight squeeze fitting a trip in for these cats but Kris has been very flexible about adjusting their travel plans.

Also relocating from mainland Europe is handsome black Labrador Texas — Tex to his friends. He is travelling with Animalcouriers from just north of The Hague in the Netherlands, to Dublin in Ireland. At 15 years of age this senior fellow is a seasoned traveller, and enjoyed listening to music and chatting with courier J on the first leg of his journey.

Meanwhile courier M collected a five-year-old Great Dane on his way back down from Scotland. This lovely lass was given up by her owners as, although they were able to care for her generally, her size meant they couldn’t control her properly, and she had a couple of encounters with other dogs. The very nice kennels where she’s been staying for a few months have been unable to rehome her, and so asked National Great Dane Rescue (NGDR) for help. Animalcouriers were called on to transfer her to NGDR’s terrific facility in Wiltshire.

Handsome Max has the same amazing eyes as…

Handsome Max has the same amazing eyes as…

…beautiful Isabelle. These two cats are used to being spoken to in German, so courier S learned a few key bits of vocab — but couldn't get a word in edgeways as these two were very chatty about the journey!

…beautiful Isabelle. These two cats are used to being spoken to in German, so courier S learned a few key bits of vocab — but couldn’t get a word in edgeways as these two were very chatty about the journey!

Max and Isabelle clearing customs at the Eurotunnel animal reception centre

Max and Isabelle clearing customs at the Eurotunnel animal reception centre

Isabelle looking very pleased to be a step closer to Cambridgeshire

Isabelle looking very pleased to be a step closer to Cambridgeshire

Kaitlyn and Ashley giving Tex some serious goodbye hugs

Kaitlyn and Ashley giving Tex some serious goodbye hugs

Telling Tex it won't be long before they're all back together

Telling Tex it won’t be long before they’re all back together

Tex at Calais — don't worry about that pink string, it's just his lead!

Tex at Calais — don’t worry about that pink string, it’s just his lead!

Courier J and Tex reached home in plenty of time for Tex to have a walk and some supper, followed by a good night's sleep ready for an early morning start

Courier J and Tex reached home in plenty of time for Tex to have a walk and some supper, followed by a good night’s sleep ready for an early morning start

The Great Dane we collected is very affectionate and in lovely condition. Because of her mistrust of other dogs, she'll need a special new home, but it will be worth it for whoever can offer her a place in their lives.

The Great Dane we collected is very affectionate and in lovely condition. Because of her mistrust of other dogs, she’ll need a special new home, but it will be worth it for whoever can offer her a place in their lives.

National Great Dane Rescue, who do a great job

National Great Dane Rescue, who do a great job

Here's little Lola, who we collected last week. She's homeboarding with Lyn until we set off for Spain towards the end of next week

Here’s little Lola, who we collected last week. She’s homeboarding with Lyn until we set off for Spain towards the end of next week

Lyn popped in with Lola to say hello to courier J

Lyn popped in with Lola to say hello to courier J

En route for the Nordics with Pumba aboard

Animalcouriers have set off on their latest road trip, that takes them through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and on to Sweden.

On board is little Chihuahua Pumba. His owner Tina brought Pumba to us from Bristol, and he is now travelling with us to Gothenburg in Sweden, to live with Tina’s sister Madalaine.

On the ferry from Puttgarden in Germany to the Danish port of Rodby we watched a crew filming a chap smoking and looking at the sunset. Wonder if it’s a follow-up to ‘The Bridge’? We’ll be crossing that one, the Øresund Bridge, from Denmark to Sweden today.

Tiny Pumba shows us his big character…

Tiny Pumba shows us his big character…

…and his rather snazzy harness!

…and his rather snazzy harness!

Heading to Inverness with reunions along the way

Animalcouriers set off early yesterday morning from Surrey en route for Inverness in Scotland.

On board were the Clarke family’s dogs, Poppy and Vegas, and cats, Fat Cat and Alfie. They were accompanied by Blythe’s cats, Simon and Lucy, who were on their way back to Fife in Scotland. This intrepid pair have travelled with us before between Scotland and Switzerland , moving with Blythe each time her work as a scientist calls for her to relocate. Their grandad had everything ready and waiting for them — boxes by the fireside and food already in their dishes.

Also with us was handsome ginger-and-white cat Herr Anderson, who’s moved from Germany to live with his grandparents Gwen and Brian in the stunning Leicestershire countryside; and black cat Doofus who’s on his way to rejoin his family.

Herr Anderson with his favourite scratching board

Herr Anderson with his favourite scratching board

Herr Anderson with Brian and Gwen, who are thrilled to have him

Herr Anderson with Brian and Gwen, who are thrilled to have him

Herr Anderson eyes up the bird feeder

Herr Anderson eyes up the bird feeder

Simon tucks in to his supper

Simon tucks in to his supper

Lucy reminds herself of the layout of the house

Lucy reminds herself of the layout of the house

Fat Cat, one of the Clarke cats, shows us his good looks

Fat Cat, one of the Clarke cats, shows us his good looks

And here's inky black Doofus

And here’s inky black Doofus

Frankie goes to Rio — in time for the footy

Cocker Spaniel Frankie’s owners are waiting in Brazil for Frankie to join them from the UK. Animalcouriers arranged for Frankie to fly with Lufthansa to Rio de Janeiro via Frankfurt in Germany.

Frankie spent last night homeboarding with Animalcouriers, with a comfy bed and plenty of TLC before his 4.00am start this morning. His flight left London a little later than scheduled — we always keep an eye on the tracking information to check whether flights have left on time, so that we can let pet owners know if there will be a delay. Frankie was checked by a vet in Frankfurt before starting the much longer leg of his flight to South America.

Handsome Frankie is looking forward to the 2014 World Cup in Rio

Handsome Frankie is looking forward to the 2014 World Cup in Rio