In Madrid Animalccouriers collected cats Pica and Trebol. Their very organised grandpapa had them ready in their boxes, bag packed and waiting in the security office by the entrance gate to his home. The cats are off to join their owner Gonzalo in the UK.
Just 10 minutes further away we met Coquito, a very sweet mixed breed dog. He’s off to join his owner Laura in the UK. Grandmama is obviously worried about the colder British climate, so saw him off in his winter outfit.
We spent the night in the Alhama de Aragon region, where the town is dominated by a monastery and thermal springs. People were bathing late into the night in the warm spring water. Our hotel was very busy — it was the Saturday night of a bank holiday weekend — so we were lucky to get in. When they saw the size of our van the kind staff opened the back entrance so we could park at the back of the garden. We were securely locked in and had a river bed to walk our doggy passengers in.
Yesterday we headed to El Vendrell to meet Nuria and her cats. Arya and Misha. They are relocating to London, where Nuria’s husband has already arrived and has the new home ready. Nuria leaves on Wednesday.
In Barcelona we met Alex, a colleague from Traveldog, to collect Pula who is off to live in Tewksbury. This gorgeous girl was quick to show us her entry for the ‘longest tongue’ competition!
We spent the night in Narbonne, where pretty tabby cat Biscuit from the Nice area was waiting for us. This little rescue cat belongs to Kate, who’s returning to the UK to work — and naturally Biscuit is going too.
Pica and Trebol with their grandpapa
A closer look at lovely black-and-white Pica…
…and beautiful tabby Trebol
Little Coquito, all kitted out for the British climate
A view of Alhama de Aragon many years ago — the river is now a river bed, and is where we walked the dogs
Nuria saying goodbye to her cats Arya and Misha
Gorgeous wide-eyed Arya
Pretty tabby-and-white Misha
Alex from Traveldog with Pula
A statue of a castell — a human tower. Teams compete to build them at festivals in Catalonia. The small person at the top holds up four fingers of one hand to symbolise the Catalan flag. In 2010 UNESCO declared castells to be among the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Pula looking a bit fed up at first — but she soon settled in to the journey
Pretty little Biscuit looks good enough to eat!
Coquito’s smart jumper is hand made. Love the skull and crossbones motif!
Mia Bluebell takes it easy in her cosy bed
Pica exploring while Trebol takes it easy
Alana is ready for anything
Ben enjoys his morning walk
Bob loves feeling the spring sunshine on his nose
Alfie sits like a good boy
Pula shows us her wonderful ears
Bobby and Chaudi make for the same interesting sniff
Bobby shows us his fine profile