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

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

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

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

Reunions galore for cats and dogs as we reach the UK

The final leg of the Animalcouriers trip from southern Europe was quite slow — as well as the Tour de France being in full swing, several of the pets’ passports had minor errors that needed attention from a vet. We reached Calais in the evening and felt it would be less stressful for the animals to stay there for the night, and cross to the UK the following morning.

Up bright and early, we got to the port to find a security alert in progress. The extra security procedures in place meant it took over four hours to get from the port entrance to our check-in. But we finally made it and reached the UK safe and sound, and the round of happy reunions between pets and their owners began.

Tour de France mania reaches P&O ferries. Courier M looks set to pick up the yellow jersey any day now

Tour de France mania reaches P&O ferries. Courier M looks set to pick up the yellow jersey any day now

Cally…

Cally…

Berte and…

Berte and…

Stanley. These three cats belong to Barry. They travelled with us from La Bedouce kennels and cattery in the Aude region of France to rejoin him in Gloucester. Barry says they've settled in really quickly and are giving him lots of kisses.

Stanley. These three cats belong to Barry. They travelled with us from La Bedouce kennels and cattery in the Aude region of France to rejoin him in Gloucester. Barry says they’ve settled in really quickly and are giving him lots of kisses.

Star and Crunch were over the moon to be collected by their grandparents, Clive and Jackie. Despite all the excitement, the two girls did manage to sit still for just a moment.

Star and Crunch were over the moon to be collected by their grandparents, Clive and Jackie. Despite all the excitement, the two girls did manage to sit still for just a moment.

Tony called in to collect Saphira and it was love at first sight. He and Caroline had seen photos of her on Facebook and, after exchanging more photos and emails, decided to offer her a home in the UK.

Tony called in to collect Saphira and it was love at first sight. He and Caroline had seen photos of her on Facebook and, after exchanging more photos and emails, decided to offer her a home in the UK.

Tony told us he had bought a new car and had it all ready for Saphira

Tony told us he had bought a new car and had it all ready for Saphira

Bolt was reunited with Emer in sunny Surrey and both were delighted to see each other again

Bolt was reunited with Emer in sunny Surrey and both were delighted to see each other again

José called in for Molly and Pipoca who were so ecstatic, they were licking his face all over

José called in for Molly and Pipoca who were so ecstatic, they were licking his face all over

Livia followed up with this photo of their daughter with the two Chihuahuas, saying: "Thank you for bringing the rest of our family to us! I thought you should see my daughter's smile! She's so happy!! And so are Molly and Pipoca!"

Livia followed up with this photo of their daughter with the two Chihuahuas, saying: “Thank you for bringing the rest of our family to us! I thought you should see my daughter’s smile! She’s so happy!! And so are Molly and Pipoca!”

Catia was very happy indeed to have Benji back with her.

Catia was very happy indeed to have Benji back with her.

Catia sent us this lovely photo of Benji settled in at home and told us: "Thank you for bringing Benji to me. It means the world to me that he is by my side."

Catia sent us this lovely photo of Benji settled in at home and told us: “Thank you for bringing Benji to me. It means the world to me that he is by my side.”

Scooby walked into his grandma's house and was immediately at home. He's stayed there before, so it was just a question of hopping out of his basket and trotting up the stairs to check out his usual bedroom. Then back down to sit in the kitchen waiting for someone to open a tin of tuna!

Scooby walked into his grandma’s house and was immediately at home. He’s stayed there before, so it was just a question of hopping out of his basket and trotting up the stairs to check out his usual bedroom. Then back down to sit in the kitchen waiting for someone to open a tin of tuna!

Ben and Selina greeted Smokey and Bingo as they arrived at their new home in sunny Doncaster

Ben and Selina greeted Smokey and Bingo as they arrived at their new home in sunny Doncaster

Young Jura and Thrall who travelled from Spain arrived to a warm welcome at the family's new home in Edinburgh

Young Jura and Thrall who travelled from Spain arrived to a warm welcome at the family’s new home in Edinburgh

Faisca en route to rejoin Andreia in Somerset — it was a long journey from Portugal and they will be so pleased to be back together

Faisca en route to rejoin Andreia in Somerset — it was a long journey from Portugal and they will be so pleased to be back together

Faisca very chatty as we said goodbye

Faisca very chatty as we said goodbye

Also on his way was charming young Banksy…

Also on his way was charming young Banksy…

…still playing and looking for amusement in everything around him

…still playing and looking for amusement in everything around him

Wally was also on his way to be reunited with Maria, who was very excited about his imminent arrival

Wally was also on his way to be reunited with Maria, who was very excited about his imminent arrival

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