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 Cisco, Clay, Rusty, Aphrodite, Lucie and Jake; and a cute pup who needs a home

Animalcouriers collected Labradors Cisco and Clay at Barking Mad Kennels in Lagos, Portugal. Following a summer in Portugal, these two are heading back to Wimbledon in the UK to rejoin their family. Also getting on board was Rusty, who is moving to Surrey having lived all his life until now on the Algarve. He’s quite a senior chap so his family are keen to have him home.

We stayed the night at the Monte Rosa B&B, just a few kilometres from the kennels. It’s a very quiet, rural location — perfect for us and our pets.

As we continued north the next morning, we stopped near Mexilhoeria Grande to collect Aphrodite from her breeder Ana. Although bred in Portugal, Aphrodite is a British Shorthair, who’s off to live in Scotland.

Once across the border and into Spain, we called in at Pets Paradise in Sabinillas in Andalucia, where we were pleased to catch up with owner Louise again. She brought us Lucie, who belongs to Jayne. Jayne relocated from Gibraltar to the UK a few weeks ago, and we were pleased to recommend Pets Paradise, where Lucie could stay until we could collect her.

While were chatting with Louise we noticed a police car cruising around. Louise went to see what was happening and discovered the police were trying to round up a stray puppy. Had the officers taken her to the Malaga pound, she would have been put to sleep after seven days if not claimed or rehomed. So Louise took charge of her temporarily and is trying to find a home for her.

Finally, near Marbella, we were joined by regular passenger Jake, a handsome Weimaraner. He seemed pleased to see us and hopped readily into his ‘usual’ compartment. Jake is on his way back to Ireland after his summer holidays.

We love this sign at Barking Mad Kennels

We love this sign at Barking Mad Kennels

Mini Pinscher Lillian's parasite treatment (required for entry into the UK under the pet passport scheme) had timed out, so kennels owner Heather kindly offered to take her to their vet to have it redone

Mini Pinscher Lillian’s parasite treatment (required for entry into the UK under the pet passport scheme) had timed out, so kennels owner Heather kindly offered to take her to their vet to have it redone

Cisco and Clay very excited at the prospect of the journey, waiting eagerly to come out to the van

Cisco and Clay very excited at the prospect of the journey, waiting eagerly to come out to the van

Kennels owner Alan showing off his dog management skills, trying to get Cisco to face the camera — but Cisco thought it was all about sitting for treats

Kennels owner Alan showing off his dog management skills, trying to get Cisco to face the camera — but Cisco thought it was all about sitting for treats

Success at last! Heather and Alan told us they have enjoyed having Cisco  and Clay to stay.

Success at last! Heather and Alan told us they have enjoyed having Cisco and Clay to stay.

Heather brings us Rusty

Heather brings us Rusty

Rusty is ready for the off, with a lovely soft bed in his compartment to rest his old bones on

Rusty is ready for the off, with a lovely soft bed in his compartment to rest his old bones on

He may a senior chap but Rusty is very alert and interested in everything going on around him.

He may a senior chap but Rusty is very alert and interested in everything going on around him

A local resident at the Monte Rosa B&B

A local resident at the Monte Rosa B&B

Rudi was beside herself, desperate to get a sniff of the cat, who couldn't have been less interested

Rudi was beside herself, desperate to get a sniff of the cat, who couldn’t have been less interested

As the cat sauntered off to find something more interesting to do, Rudi showed off her 'standing on my back legs, looking over the wall' skills until the cat was out of sight

As the cat sauntered off to find something more interesting to do, Rudi showed off her ‘standing on my back legs, looking over the wall’ skills until the cat was out of sight

Following a sumptuous breakfast, we were ready to hit the road

Following a sumptuous breakfast, we were ready to hit the road

Ana and her husband with Aphrodite

Ana and her husband with Aphrodite

Louise brings us Jayne's cat Lucie

Louise brings us Jayne’s cat Lucie

The homeless pup in Louise's temporary care — about 8-10 weeks old and real cutie

The homeless pup in Louise’s temporary care — about 8-10 weeks old and real cutie

Jake arriving to join our trip

Jake arriving to join our trip

Jake watching courier M putting the final touches to his bedroom

Jake watching courier M putting the final touches to his bedroom

Spotted on our drive — maize (sweetcorn) drying in the sun

Spotted on our drive — maize (sweetcorn) drying in the sun

Following the Camino de Santiago; and meeting up with UK-bound dog and cat passengers

Sometimes it can be a tough job — especially when you come across a gem of a hotel like O Muino de Pena! Animalcouriers followed the pilgrimage route — the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St James) — that ends in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. A mill where pilgrims used to call in for a bed for their last night has been transformed into a wonderful rural hotel, where we were lucky enough to stay the night.

Resident Labrador Trotsky greeted us warmly on our arrival, very pleased to discover we had a box of Bonios with us. We soon became firm friends. His chum Elliott, clearly an ‘in charge’ sort of a dog, declined a Bonio but graciously allowed us to stay the night once he’d had a good sniff around the Animalcouriers van.

In Santiago de Compostela we caught up with Sabra and her handsome black cat Clark. This time last year we transported Clark and his brother Lewis to the area, as Sabra was studying here under the Erasmus program. Sadly Lewis has died in the meantime, but Clark is now heading back to the UK with us, as Sabra is returning to Cambridge University for the final year of her Spanish course. Sabra and her husband James have thoroughly enjoyed their time in Santiago de Compostela — as well as being a beautiful location, the entire Galician region has a rich history of poets, writers and artists.

Then it was off to the very pretty area of Santa Maria de Geraz do Lima in Portugal, to collect sweet little Mini Pinscher Lillian. She is off to join her owner Jessica in London, after living with Jessica’s mother-in-law, Fernanda, for a few years. Fernanda will be able to catch up with Lillian very soon as she’s due to make a visit to England.

Still in Portugal, we went to collect Rudi from Bob in Salir do Porto. When Simon and his family were on holiday in Nazaré, a clever young female dog decided that they would make fine new owners. So she attached herself to them and it wasn’t long before she was sharing their holiday home. Completely smitten, they decided to research how to get her to the UK. She has been staying with Bob, found through the local vet, until we could collect her and take her to the UK.

At Seixal we made the acquaintance of cats Ninja and Sushi, who were waiting for us at the front door when we arrived. Their owner Cheila has already moved to England and these friendly felines have been in the care of her dad Fernando.

From there it was off to meet Bela and her cats Onix and Happy. Bela and her family split their time between Portugal and the UK. But as they spend more time in the UK, they have decided the cats will be more at home there.

An appropriate dish to enjoy on the pilgrimage route — scallops

An appropriate dish to enjoy on the pilgrimage route — scallops

Our hotel in A Coruna, O Muino de Pena

Our hotel in A Coruna, O Muino de Pena

Resident Labrador Trotsky

Resident Labrador Trotsky

Resident 'boss dog' Elliott

Resident ‘boss dog’ Elliott

Sabra giving Clark a big hug

Sabra giving Clark a big hug

More delicious scallops — chocolate this time, a lovely gift from Clark

More delicious scallops — chocolate this time, a lovely gift from Clark

Lillian in the arms of Fernanda

Lillian in the arms of Fernanda

Rudi smiles for the camera

Rudi smiles for the camera

Rudi enjoys neck scritches from Bob

Rudi enjoys neck scritches from Bob

Very relaxed Ninja, waiting on top of her basket

Very relaxed Ninja, waiting on top of her basket

Fernando ready to bring out Ninja and Sushi

Fernando ready to bring out Ninja and Sushi

Ninja (L) and Sushi (R) get settled in

Ninja (L) and Sushi (R) get settled in

Bela with Happy in our van

Bela with Happy in our van

Bela bringing us Onix

Bela bringing us Onix

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

Nutmeg is swapping the UK for China

Handsome Golden Retriever Nutmeg has an exciting adventure ahead, as he is off to Shanghai. The first step on his epic journey involved being collected by courier D and taken to his vet appointment.

With a bit of time to spare, courier D took Nutmeg to meet his sons, Oliver and Finlay. The boys were so taken with Nutmeg, they’re now petitioning their dad for a dog of their own!

Nutmeg is now homeboarding with Animalcouriers, staying with courier M and his Golden Retriever Amber until it’s time to catch his flight.

New best mates — Nutmeg with Finlay (L) and Oliver (R)

New best mates — Nutmeg with Finlay (L) and Oliver (R)

Learning a few football tricks from the boys

Learning a few football tricks from the boys

Resident Amber gives Nutmeg some pointers on the biscuit trick

Resident Amber gives Nutmeg some pointers on the biscuit trick

Just humour courier M and quite soon…

Just humour courier M and quite soon…

…he'll give in and you'll get a biscuit!

…he’ll give in and you’ll get a biscuit!

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

Happy reunions for Banksy, Nina, Jura and Thrall

Cats Banksy and Nina and pups Jura and Thrall recently travelled with Animalcouriers from mainland Europe to the UK. Their owners have all been in touch to update us on how their pets are settling in to their new homes.

Cute young Banksy started his trip in Portugal. He was found by Tanis on a bank — hence the name — and has now joined her in the UK. Tanis is the owner of Sussex Life magazine and will be doing a feature on his journey. Perhaps Banksy will become her editorial assistant when he’s a little older?

Super fluffy black-and-white cat Nina travelled with us from Italy and has been reunited with Sandro in London. Sandro wrote with some photos of Nina, saying:

“Just a few words to thank you and your team for taking so much care of Nina during her trip to London. Nina arrived in a very good shape, she spent the entire next day sleeping on my bed. Now she has started her normal life and routine in our new place (like stalking people from the window). In case of future needs I know who to call.”

Meanwhile, lively young dogs Jura and Thrall from Barcelona in Spain are settling in to their new home in Edinburgh. Yolanda sent some photos and told us:

“The little ones seem so happy!! Thank you for everything!!”

Banksy counting raindrops

Banksy counting raindrops

What's caught Banksy's eye?

What’s caught Banksy’s eye?

Nina catching a few zeds

Nina catching a few zeds

Nina back to her stalking habits

Nina back to her stalking habits

Jura and Thrall are such a well behaved pair…

Jura and Thrall are such a well behaved pair…

…They stick close together out on their walks

…They stick close together out on their walks