Relocating Rebecca’s dogs, and exploring Alghero in Sardinia

Animalcouriers arrived at the Sardinian city port of Alghero from where we set off to meet Rebecca. She is rehoming her family of seven Shelties, and we’re taking them to their new owner in the Brindisi area of Italy.

Three cute Sheltie pups

Three cute Sheltie pups

Cinnamon, the pups' mum

Cinnamon, the pups’ mum

Jake, the pups' dad

Jake, the pups’ dad

L to R: Nutmeg, Ginger and Jake

L to R: Nutmeg, Ginger and Jake

Rebecca with the pups, understandably very sad to be parting from her family

Rebecca with the pups, understandably very sad to be parting from her family

A pampered padlock at the port

A pampered padlock at the port

The crochet-covered padlock turned out to be part of a local outbreak of rather wonderful guerilla knitting

The crochet-covered padlock turned out to be part of a local outbreak of rather wonderful guerilla knitting

Penelope joined us for a morning coffee stop, and was warmly greeted by the cafe owners who were eager to know what she thought of Sardinia

Penelope joined us for a morning coffee stop, and was warmly greeted by the cafe owners who were eager to know what she thought of Sardinia

We were lucky enough to have a few hours to explore Alghero and its medieval centre

We were lucky enough to have a few hours to explore Alghero and its medieval centre

Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean sea, Alghero was built around a fortified port. Uniquely in Italy, Catalan is one of the official languages in the city.

Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean sea, Alghero was built around a fortified port. Uniquely in Italy, Catalan is one of the official languages in the city.

Updates on Dimos and Milly from Greece; and greetings from Capability in Bermuda

We love to hear how pets settle in after their journey with Animalcouriers. We’ve heard from Suzie that Dimos, one of the dogs who travelled from Greece, is doing very well. She tells us:

“Dimos slept like a baby all last night and has enjoyed a couple of lovely walks in the sunshine today. He is looking to Alfie for guidance as you will hopefully be able to see in the video clip. He is very affectionate and likes to be with us wherever we are. As I write this he is curled up on my foot! It is of course early days, but he seems to be taking everything in his stride and is coping remarkably well. His biggest issue at the moment seems to be with our wooden floors, he just doesn’t trust them!”

We also got an update from Jan about Milly, another dog from Greece. It sounds as though Milly is having a lovely time with Jan’s mum:

“Milly is settling really well and is such a sweetie, her appetite is improving as mum is spoiling her with fresh cooked chicken and other lovely things. She is so funny, mum keeps finding her burying her mini gravy bones in the garden — obviously saving them for a midnight snack!”

Meanwhile we received some photos of Newfoundland puppy Capability, who looks to be enjoying life at his new home in Bermuda. As well as telling us that Capability loves the water and is doing plenty of swimming in Green Bay, Safriti says:

“Thank you very much for arranging Capability’s travel and importation to Bermuda. He arrived in good health. I picked Animalcouriers because they already had experience with getting a dog to Bermuda via London Gatwick and, as a bonus, their price was reasonable. It was professional service with a good dose of kindness and understanding about the stress of a move. I would recommend them and use them again. The dog was happy to go with the courier who got him and after the flight the next day, he looked well-cared for. I think he even got a home grooming because he smelled lovely.”

Dimos watching the birds in the trees

Dimos watching the birds in the trees

‘Hanging out’ with his new friend Alfie

‘Hanging out’ with his new friend Alfie

Milly preparing for a walk (she is still wearing her beautiful pink Filozoikos collar!)

Milly preparing for a walk (she is still wearing her beautiful pink Filozoikos collar!)

Off we go!

Off we go!

Taking a rest afterwards on the cool slabs outside

Taking a rest afterwards on the cool slabs outside

Nicely cooled down now, so rolling around on the fluffy carpet!

Nicely cooled down now, so rolling around on the fluffy carpet!

A stunning sea view for Capabiilty

A stunning sea view for Capabiilty

Wandering down towards the beach

Wandering down towards the beach

Check out that shaggy mop!

Check out that shaggy mop!

Bono flies to Melbourne; Cassie, Nya and three cats fly to Sydney; and Capability flies to Bermuda

While couriers J, M and S have been collecting and delivering pets around Europe, courier L has been arranging flights and paperwork for other pets leaving the UK and going further afield, assisted by courier R doing the airport runs.

Gorgeous one-year-old Tibetan Mastiff Bono flew to Melbourne in Australia with Qantas. During the preparations for his flight, he lodged with Jenny, who was understandably sad when it was time to say goodbye. However, his new owner Charmaine, who runs the Temzin Tibetan Masiff Kennels, has been counting down the days until his arrival. The wait is almost over, as Bono has to finish his 10 days at Spotswood Quarantine Kennels before he can meet his new family.

Also flying to Australia were Cassie, Nya and their three feline companions. Animalcouriers originally helped to move Golden Retriever Cassie and the cats to Sydney about three years ago. When the family had to come back to the UK for 18 months, they couldn’t bear to leave their pets behind, so Cassie and the cats came too. On the return trip to Sydney, they were joined by Siberian Husky Nya. Owner Sandra wrote to say:

“The animals are settling in well. It is very warm here and both dogs have shed their coats so we have had hair everywhere!! The cats are out and about in the garden, quite puzzled by large cockatoos flying about and screeching! We have a possum family in the garden along with large lizards which the dogs are fascinated by. Thank you for all your help and care in getting the animals here — we definitely couldn’t have done it without your guidance and attention to detail.”

Meanwhile five-month-old Newfoundland puppy Capability flew to Bermuda. Animalcouriers arranged his paperwork and he stayed overnight with courier R who drove him to London Gatwick to check in for his British Airways flight.

Bono gets a goodbye hug from Jenny, when courier R goes to collect him

Bono gets a goodbye hug from Jenny, when courier R goes to collect him

Cassie at home in Sydney — lucky dogs have a beach at the end of the road!

Cassie at home in Sydney — lucky dogs have a beach at the end of the road!

Capability strikes a pose

Capability strikes a pose

Newfoundlands are known for their gentle, laid-back personalities. Capability spent all of five minutes orienting himself, then dropped off to sleep!

Newfoundlands are known for their gentle, laid-back personalities. Capability spent all of five minutes orienting himself, then dropped off to sleep!

Super-size Sultan sets off for Sri Lanka

Anatolian Shepherd Dog puppy Sultan has a long journey ahead, from France, via the UK, and all the way to Sri Lanka.

Animalcouriers accompanied him to the vet’s office in Rodez yesterday morning, where the final documents were signed and stamped. Then it was a final goodbye to Sultan’s lovely breeder, and off we headed towards Calais.

To meet Sri Lankan entry and quarantine requirements. we’ll travel non stop from Calais this evening in Animalcouriers’ special quarantine van straight to London’s Heathrow airport. Sultan will stay in the quarantine section of the airport’s animal reception centre, ready to fly on Thursday morning.

Sultan is only four months old but already weighs over 27kg! He's all about love and cuddles and courier S is making sure he gets plenty of both.

Sultan is only four months old but already weighs over 27kg! He’s all about love and cuddles and courier S is making sure he gets plenty of both.

We woke to a scene from a Christmas card in Saint Flour this morning

We woke to a scene from a Christmas card in Saint Flour this morning

Meetings and reunions for Indie; Sid, Casper, Ben and Aztec; and Glis

When Animalcouriers delivered young terrier pup Indie to Jane in France yesterday, it was a very exuberant first meeting, with Indie leaping about and dashing around!

Next stop was to reunite Sid, Casper, Ben and Aztec with Martin. Like most cats, they were a little unsure about their new home, despite an ecstatic welcome from Daisy the dog, who’s been keeping Martin company in the meantime. She even gave Aztec’s face a lick!

And this morning we delivered Glis to her family. It’s the mountains and the skiing that have brought Louise and her husband and children to Switzerland.

From there we set off towards Italy, where we’ll be catching the ferry from Ancona to Greece tomorrow.

Indie went quite potty on meeting Jane

Indie went quite potty on meeting Jane

Jane gives Indie a big welcome hug

Jane gives Indie a big welcome hug

Indie looking a bit windswept after so much dashing around

Indie looking a bit windswept after so much dashing around

Casper having a bit of a look around his new home in France

Casper having a bit of a look around his new home in France

We weren't surprised that Sid was also bold enough to explore. But Ben and Aztec shot straight under a cupboard and peered out at us from their hidey-hole.

We weren’t surprised that Sid was also bold enough to explore. But Ben and Aztec shot straight under a cupboard and peered out at us from their hidey-hole.

Daisy was very pleased to have her cats back

Daisy was very pleased to have her cats back

Louise's children Emily and Henry were delighted to be reunited with Glis in their new Swiss home

Louise’s children Emily and Henry were delighted to be reunited with Glis in their new Swiss home

Oddly enough, we weren't tempted by anything much on this menu!

Oddly enough, we weren’t tempted by anything much on this menu!

A very tame rabbit watched us while we tidied out the van this morning, and was very happy to accept a bit of Ryvita from us

A very tame rabbit watched us while we tidied out the van this morning, and was very happy to accept a bit of Ryvita from us

Making our snowy way through the Mont Blanc area

Making our snowy way through the Mont Blanc area

Summer has arrived in Portugal

Despite the fact it’s the middle of January, Summer has come to Portugal! This young Cockerpoo took off from a rather chilly Manchester airport in the UK to join fellow Cockerpoo Chico at Lynda’s home in the much warmer climes of Portugal.

Both dogs are from the same breeder — Anzil Cockapoos — and it was Animalcouriers who also arranged Chico’s flight from Manchester to Faro 18 months ago.

Lynda told us she was very excited about her new arrival. We asked when she’d be sending for a third pup but her response was, Lol, I think two may be enough! Ha ha!

Gorgeous young Summer

Gorgeous young Summer

Summer gets a welcoming hug from Lynda

Summer gets a welcoming hug from Lynda

Chico was ready and waiting to show Summer the ropes

Chico was ready and waiting to show Summer the ropes

Young Schnauzer Ebony is heading to Spain

Earlier this year Animalcouriers collected a handsome Giant Schnauzer puppy called Tor in Germany, and delivered him to Ferncliffe Schnauzers in the UK.

Now it’s the turn of young Ebony, who is related to Tor, to take to the road. Just 16 weeks old, she’s travelling with us to her new home with Yvonne and Keith in the Murcia area of Spain. They run Costa Calida Golf Tours, so perhaps Ebony will be able to help in the office, or look for lost golf balls?

Either way, she’s a gorgeous young pup who promises to be every bit as good looking as Tor.

Ebony

Ebony

Sonny Boy gets a rapturous welcome, and courier S gets cake

The leggy Lurcher pup who travelled with Animalcouriers from the UK has reached his new home in Germany.

Now named Sonny Boy, this bundle of energy made his presence known by leaping straight into his huge new bed and bounding around his beautiful new garden.

The blue sculpture was created by his owner as a loving tribute to one of Sonny Boy’s bloodline who passed away last year after 13 wonderfully happy years. The family had so loved this dog, they went back to the same breeder, Sally, for the next generation — and Sonny Boy looks set to fill their hearts with joy.

Animalcouriers transport delicious Lurcher puppy to Germany

Sonny Boy makes himself right at home

Sonny Boy tucks into his first lunch with his new family, while courier S is treated to a raspberry jelly gateau with lashings of whipped cream that's far too indecent to photograph!

Sonny Boy tucks into his first lunch with his new family, while courier S is treated to a raspberry jelly gateau with lashings of whipped cream that’s far too indecent to photograph!

A loving tribute to Benjamin

A loving tribute to Benjamin

An update on Fly, who’s had three gorgeous puppies

Last year Animalcouriers helped to get long-haired Chihuahua Fly from Spain to the UK. Her journey included a stay with our vet Diana in France, where Diana’s son Harry helped take care of her.

Fly’s owner has stayed in touch and recently wrote to tell Diana that Fly has had three lovely babies.

Fly with her pups when they were still very tiny

Fly with her pups when they were still very tiny

Fly's owner with two of the pups

Fly’s owner with two of the pups

Proud mum Fly

Proud mum Fly

Pinky is flying to Madrid

Young Yorkshire Terrier Pinky is off to Madrid today. Animalcouriers collected him from his breeder in Doncaster on Sunday and took him to the vet yesterday for his health check.

Pinky been homeboarding with courier R, who reports that he has a very lively personality. Courier R is taking him to Heathrow airport this morning. Our colleages Traveldog will collect him from Barajas airport and drive him to his new owners, who’re very excited about his arrival.

Pinky, looking very perky

Pinky, looking very perky