About Animalcouriers

Animalcouriers provides comprehensive, professional pet shipping and animal transport services covering the UK, mainland Europe, and the rest of the world. With our domestic and overseas pet transportation service, we help a wide range of animal owners — including pet owners moving house or emigrating, smallholders, commercial breeders and enthusiasts — to move their domestic pets, livestock and other animals, safely and reliably.

Delivering Jasper, Daisy, Milly and Booby in Greece; and Monte. Scotty, Atlas, Baloo and Vali get on board for the UK

When Animalcouriers arrived in Greece we were disappointed to find the car ferry timetable for our proposed route to Skiathos, to deliver Daisy and Jasper, had been changed! So with a bit of quick thinking, we decided that courier Mike could take the two cats on the Flying Dolphin seacat, while courier J stayed behind in charge of the van. Quite an adventure for these two curious cats, but they took it all in their stride and were delivered safely to their owners Siobhan and Stu.

When we delivered little Yorkie Milly to Bruno and his wife, it took her only a few seconds to realise she was back in her owners’ arms. Her trip started out in South America so it’s been a while since the family have seen each other. Milly was wriggling and squealing so excitedly at being reunited, her owners could barely hold on to her!

We met Freya in Piraeus Port to deliver her dog Booby to her and it was hard to say which of them was more excited. Freya and Booby then boarded the ferry to Crete for their summer holidays, helped by courier Mike who carried their luggage. Freya managed to book a pet-friendly cabin for the overnight crossing with a bed each for her and Booby.

Last night we met up with Cordelia and her husband Pavlos who brought us Monte and Scotty. These two cats are relocating to England to join their owner Caroline, and Cordelia has been looking after them as Caroline has already moved back. Monte has a chronic condition which means he always has a runny nose! So we have a special box of tissues handy. Amazingly, he’s quite happy to sit still and have his nose wiped! We’re really looking forward to sharing the antics of these character cats.

Before leaving Athens this morning we collected Bull Terrier Atlas. His owner Stelios got married last Saturday and has relocated from Athens with his bride to Exeter. As you can imagine, it’s all been a bit hectic for Stelios, organising a wedding as well as getting Atlas ready to travel. Fortunately his mum and brother could step in and take care of Atlas until we arrived.

While in Glyfada we also met up with beautiful Golden Retriever Baloo, who’s been looked after by her grandparents since her owner Irene relocated to England for work. Baloo has already shown us her sociable, friendly personality ‎which we know is a typical Golden trait.

En route to Igoumenitsa port, we diverted to a garage/coffee to rendez-vous with super fluffy Vali. She’s off to join her owner Christos who’s working in London. His family are very proud of him — something to do with Google, Olaf said.

Mike boarding the seacat with his precious feline cargo

Mike boarding the seacat with his precious feline cargo

Siobhan making sure there's no risk of handing Daisy and Jasper over to the wrong person!

Siobhan making sure there’s no risk of handing Daisy and Jasper over to the wrong person!

Stu and Siobhan with their cats safely delivered

Stu and Siobhan with their cats safely delivered

Daisy saying goodbye to courier Mike, with Jasper behind

Daisy saying goodbye to courier Mike, with Jasper behind

Siobhan and Stu have already sent photos of how well the cats are settling in — here's Daisy looking pretty chilled out…

Siobhan and Stu have already sent photos of how well the cats are settling in — here’s Daisy looking pretty chilled out…

…and Jasper practising monorail snoozing

…and Jasper practising monorail snoozing

The happiest of reunions for Milly and her owners who've been apart for a while

The happiest of reunions for Milly and her owners who’ve been apart for a while

Milly makes a late entry for the 'longest tongue' competition (in between all the hugs and kisses)

Milly makes a late entry for the ‘longest tongue’ competition (in between all the hugs and kisses)

Booby overjoyed to be back with Freya and looking forward to their summer in Crete

Booby overjoyed to be back with Freya and looking forward to their summer in Crete

Heading towards the ferry to Crete, courier Mike helps with the luggage while Booby clamours for Freya's attention

Heading towards the ferry to Crete, courier Mike helps with the luggage while Booby clamours for Freya’s attention

Pavlos and Cordelia bringing Monte and Scotty, with the help of courier Mike

Pavlos and Cordelia bringing Monte and Scotty, with the help of courier Mike

Monte (L) and Scotty (R) very keen to know what's going on around them

Monte (L) and Scotty (R) very keen to know what’s going on around them

Handsome and confident, Scotty soon settles in for the ride

Handsome and confident, Scotty soon settles in for the ride

Monte with his tissue box handy!

Monte with his tissue box handy!

Bull Terrier Atlas with his uncle and grandma

Bull Terrier Atlas with his uncle and grandma

A closer look at handsome Atlas

A closer look at handsome Atlas

Baloo with her doting grandparents

Baloo with her doting grandparents

What a pretty girl she is!

What a pretty girl she is!

Spyros with beautiful Vali (short for Valentine)

Spyros with beautiful Vali (short for Valentine)

Olaf with Vali

Olaf with Vali

Bridie flies to Bermuda, birdies take off for the British Virgin Islands

Animalcouriers recently arranged for Cockerpoo puppy Bridie to travel from the UK to her new home in Bermuda. This gorgeous, silky young girl homeboarded with us for a few days while her import and export paperwork was finalised, and provided to be a delightful, demure house guest!

Her owner let us know Bridie arrived, saying:

“The little lady arrived safely, she is absolutely beautiful and full of energy. She is eating and quite happy as she zooms around the house with her new favourite toys! Thank you so much for facilitating transporting her.”

We also organised air travel for a pair of very special budgerigars, Agamemnon and Caesar. Their move to the British Virgin Islands was twice thwarted by recent UK outbreaks of avian flu, but finally the BVI government vet approved their travel to the Caribbean sunshine. The birds flew with BA to Antigua, then transited to Beef Island with the help of LIAT.

Owner David wrote to say:

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your hard work in getting our budgies out. We’re sure they’re going to have a good life out here, and we’re thrilled to bits to have them back. It goes without saying, but we absolutely couldn’t have done it without your support. I think we’ve been working on this for just over 6 months now! We’d be more than happy to recommend Animalcouriers to anyone.”

Cockerpoo Bridie chez Animalcouriers

Cockerpoo Bridie chez Animalcouriers

Lovely Bridie at her new home in Bermuda

Lovely Bridie at her new home in Bermuda

Stunning Agamemnon and Caesar in their travel cage

Stunning Agamemnon and Caesar in their travel cage

The two birds in their big cage. David says: It's a little sparse (we needed room in the bottom to put their travel cage in, to get them out of it, and didn't want to overload them too early with new things!) but it will be more elaborate very soon — and the living room they're kept in is double height, so they should have great fun flying around in there!

The two birds in their big cage. David says: It’s a little sparse (we needed room in the bottom to put their travel cage in, to get them out of it, and didn’t want to overload them too early with new things!) but it will be more elaborate very soon — and the living room they’re kept in is double height, so they should have great fun flying around in there!

Reunions for Pip and Tigger in France; and for Arya, Lulu, Biscuit, Timmy, Moomin and Giacomo in Italy

After a long day on the road, Animalcouriers found a lovely Logis at Vaison la Romaine in Provence, where we stayed the night.

The next morning, our first stop was in Antibes, to reunite Pip and Tigger with Rob and Helen. Both dogs were hugely pleased to see Rob who walked up the hill to meet us.

We then crossed the border into Italy to reunite Labradoodle Arya with Stephanie and Luke. Last year Arya flew from Italy to England but nearly didn’t make the plane as the cargo-handlers at Venice airport decided that the number of suitcases mean there was no room for Arya in the hold. It was a nail-biting time, as Luke and Stephanie were already on the plane. In the end, the airline’s head office in London had to intervene, and Arya was given priority over some of those Armani suits! This year, all was much calmer as Arya travelled by road.

Sonia, her mum and her cousin drove from Pisa to Lucca meet us and collect Sonia’s guinea pig, Lulu. The whole family was delighted to see Lulu again.

And while in Lucca we also delivered family of four, Biscuit, Timmy, Moomin and Giacomo, to Barry and his wife Miho. They’ve been splitting their time between London and Italy but as their pet population expanded, they were finding it harder to spend time in Italy. The solution? Move the pets to Italy!

The Logis at Vaison la Romaine

The Logis at Vaison la Romaine

Rob tried hard to get both dogs to look at the camera, but Tigger was much more interested in a cat sitting on a nearby wall (But at least this side view of his stripes lets you can see why he's called Tigger!)

Rob tried hard to get both dogs to look at the camera, but Tigger was much more interested in a cat sitting on a nearby wall (But at least this side view of his stripes lets you can see why he’s called Tigger!)

A very happy Arya reunited with Luke and Stephanie

A very happy Arya reunited with Luke and Stephanie

Sonia's mum was a bit worried about everyone falling over as they lifted Lulu out of the Animalcouriers van!

Sonia’s mum was a bit worried about everyone falling over as they lifted Lulu out of the Animalcouriers van!

Sonia (seen here with her cousin) delighted to have Lulu back with her

Sonia (seen here with her cousin) delighted to have Lulu back with her

Lulu seemed quite unruffled by the whole business

Lulu seemed quite unruffled by the whole business

Big hugs for Gorgeous Giacomo the Maine Coon…

Big hugs for Gorgeous Giacomo the Maine Coon…

…and marvellous Moomin the Ragdoll

…and marvellous Moomin the Ragdoll

Barry with Timmy and Biscuit — the dogs were so excited as we drew up, they clearly knew they were home

Barry with Timmy and Biscuit — the dogs were so excited as we drew up, they clearly knew they were home

Leaving the UK with Pip, Tigger, Arya, Cleo, Biscuit, Timmy, Giacomo, Moomin, Lulu, Jasper, Daisy, Milly and Booby

Animalcouriers set off from the UK to Greece with a fine collection of pets on board.

Our first stop will be to reunite Pip and Tigger with their owners Robert and Helen, who’ve moved to Antibes in France. Robert and Helen originally asked us to take their dogs as far as Calais, where they would collect them and complete the journey by train. Ultimately, however, they decided it would be less stressful for Pip and Tigger to simply travel all the way with us by road. Both dogs are gorgeous and Helen and Robert will doubtless be waiting for them with a long red carpet rolled out!

Labradoodle Arya is travelling with us from Gloucester to Treviso in Italy, to rejoin her owner Stephanie and family. Arya speaks excellent Italian and is very fond of rice! She’ll be happy to be home with her family.

John brought cat Cleo to us from Brighton. He’s been taking care of her for Sean and Debbie who’ve moved to Croatia. They’re meeting us in Italy for a handover. When John and Cleo arrived, we realised Cleo didn’t have a currently recognised passport. We must thank Ian from Vet on the Hill in Caterham who kindly treated this technical omission as ‎urgent. Within the hour Cleo was ready for the off!

Border Terriers Biscuit and Timmy are travelling with Giacomo the Maine Coon and Moomin the Ragdoll from Mill Hill in London to Lucca in Italy to rejoin Barry and family. The dogs have definitely made themselves known to all of us in the van. They’re a super friendly pair who monitor anyone (human or animal) who comes near the van, and show their approval (or not).

Lovely Lulu the guinea pig joined us in London. We’re meeting up with her owner Sonia near Florence to hand Lulu over.

Black-and-white cats Jasper and Daisy are travelling with us from Warwickshire to the lovely Greek island of Skiathos.

We collected Milly, Bruno’s much loved little Yorkie, from St Marys Vicarage in East London. Her journey started in South America and now she’s on her way to Athens to rejoin Bruno, who clearly thinks the world of her.

Greek Cretan Terrier Booby is travelling with us from Cambridge to Crete for the summer holidays, where owner Freya has a house.

On this trip courier J will be joined by courier Mike for the first leg. Like couriers J and M, he has an animal welfare background and used to work for the RSPCA. Now he’s discovering the joys of being an animal courier. In his other life he also operates a dog-walking service, and many hounds are lucky enough to have their daily walks with him and his colleagues.

Three-legged Tigger — perhaps it's just as well he doesn't have to get on and off the train after all!

Three-legged Tigger — perhaps it’s just as well he doesn’t have to get on and off the train after all!

Tigger’s chum Pip looks equally pleased to be travelling door to door by road

 

Labradoodle Arya showing off her fuzzy 'do

Labradoodle Arya showing off her fuzzy ‘do

John bringing us Cleo — at which point we realised we had to dash to the vet on a passport-related mission

John bringing us Cleo — at which point we realised we had to dash to the vet on a passport-related mission

All sorted, and beautiful little tabby cat Cleo settles in

All sorted, and beautiful little tabby cat Cleo settles in 

Border Terrier Timmy takes a stroll in the sun

Border Terrier Timmy takes a stroll in the sun

 

Best mate Biscuit makes sure all visitors are carefully monitored

Best mate Biscuit makes sure all visitors are carefully monitored

Biscuit makes himself at home…

Biscuit makes himself at home…

…as does Timmy

…as does Timmy

Ragdoll cat Moomin permits us to admire her very floofy tail

Ragdoll cat Moomin permits us to admire her very floofy tail

Her feline friend Giacomo is a very handsome Maine Coon

Her feline friend Giacomo is a very handsome Maine Coon

and here they are showing togetherness

and here they are showing togetherness

Cute and cuddly guinea pig Lulu

Cute and cuddly guinea pig Lulu

Daisy and Jasper — Jasper taking up residence in the litter tray!

Daisy and Jasper — Jasper taking up residence in the litter tray!

A close up of Jasper

A close up of Jasper

Lovely little Yorkie Milly catching a few rays

Lovely little Yorkie Milly catching a few rays

Freya brings us her dog Booby, who looks like he can hardly wait for his summer hols on Crete!

Freya brings us her dog Booby, who looks like he can hardly wait for his summer hols on Crete!

The three stooges: having collected many of our passengers from all over the UK, couriers R, D and Mike reluctantly stop for a photoshoot before couriers J and Mike hit the road for continental Europe

The three stooges: having collected many of our passengers from all over the UK, couriers R, D and Mike reluctantly stop for a photoshoot before couriers J and Mike hit the road for continental Europe

UK reunions for Ziollo, Meiow Meiow, Odie and Baboushka; and Jack makes a new friend

The last stop for Animalcouriers on the trip back from Portugal was at a working wine domaine near Auxerre, in the Burgundy region of France. Couriers J and M immersed themselves in the table d’hôte experience and enjoyed tasting the fantastic wines produced at the domaine: a rosé to start, a crisp white to accompany the artisan meat pie, a pinot noir with the main, and a spicier version with pudding.

The family who run the domaine invited us to park our van and walk the dogs within the vintners yard. They watched over us as we prepared the pets for a safe and secure overnight stay.

Once back in the UK, reunions started. Ziollo and Meiow Meiow from Spain arrived at their new home in Hove, where owner Sue was waiting anxiously for them. Odie, also from Spain, was delivered to Kate, who’s been raising money for his rescue and rehoming. He went up to her like a long lost friend and jumped up all waggy tailed. Kate thinks‎ she may have already met his sister, too.

Gorgeous Abyssinian Baboushka has been homeboarding with us since we collected her in France last month. When her owners Fiona and Richard called in to collect her, she gave them a rapturous greeting.

The delightful wine domaine at Auxerre

The delightful wine domaine at Auxerre

Even the drainpipes were in keeping with the general theme!

Even the drainpipes were in keeping with the general theme!

Ziollo and Meiow Meiow back with Sue

Ziollo and Meiow Meiow back with Sue

Odie meets Kate in Sussex

Odie meets Kate in Sussex

Richard and Fiona delighted to collect Baboushka

Richard and Fiona delighted to collect Baboushka

Baboushka gave them such an enthusiastic greeting

Baboushka gave them such an enthusiastic greeting

Jack Russell Jack from France is homeboarding with us for a little while. He's already best mates with housedog Pugsley!

Jack Russell Jack from France is homeboarding with us for a little while. He’s already best mates with housedog Pugsley!

Channel hopping with Jimmie, Millie, Ellis, Dooby, Lluvia and Mikey

While couriers J and M completed their return trip from Portugal to the UK, courier Mike was kept busy with a number of short hops across the channel.

Meryl’s cats Jimmie and Millie were due to join an earlier trip from the UK to France, but a problem with their passports meant their travel was delayed. They stayed at a cattery while their owners went on ahead. Once the passports were sorted, Courier Mike collected them from East Sussex and drove them to their new home in the Lot.

Amanda contacted Animalcouriers as she was struggling to get herself and her Persian cat Ellis home to London. She was flying with Air France flight from Canada to Paris, but needed help to make the final leg of the trip to the UK. Courier Mike collected them when they touched down in the early morning at Charles de Gaulle, and drove them to London via Eurotunnel. Amanda wrote to say:

“Thanks for all your help. It’s been a long day, but Mike was fantastic. I spoke with a lot of couriers and what stood out for me about you guys was your communication — it made me feel confident.”

Anna and her three dogs, Dooby, Lluvia and Mikey, flew from Chile to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport — quite a daunting undertaking. There’s the paperwork to sort, getting to the departure airport, checking the dogs in, then arriving tired and jet-lagged to start the entry process into the EU.

Courier Mike met them at the airport and together with Anna got the dogs and their travel boxes, plus luggage, on board. Then it was a nail-biting time at Eurotunnel as the paperwork from Chile was checked. Fortunately all was well, and Anna and her three hounds are now home in Margate. Anna wrote to say:

“I want to thank you and your amazing team for your wonderful service. Courier Mike was waiting at the airport for me, a sight for sore eyes! I have nothing but praise for him — helpful, courteous, knowledgeable about the whole process, reassuring, excellent with the dogs and an all-round star! He delivered us all safe and sound and made the last leg of a tedious and worrying journey an absolute pleasure! The dogs are all happily settled in our new home and are peacefully sleeping right now.”

Meryl and her husband oversee Jimmie and Millie's arrival

Meryl and her husband oversee Jimmie and Millie’s arrival

Out pops one cat…

Out pops one cat…

…and the next, both ready to start exploring their new environment

…and the next, both ready to start exploring their new environment

Amanda at home with Ellis in London

Amanda at home with Ellis in London

Anna's dogs stretch their legs in France after flying in from Chile

Anna’s dogs stretch their legs in France after flying in from Chile

Anna at home in Margate with (L to R) Lluvia, Mikey and Dooby

Anna at home in Margate with (L to R) Lluvia, Mikey and Dooby

Elspeth and Odie get on board in Spain; Jack and Ernie join us in France

Animalcouriers stopped in Valencia and had lovely evening beach walks with the dogs. The next day, we continued north towards France, stopping in Barcelona to collect Donnata’s rabbit Elspeth. Donnata is moving to Scotland to work, and was very concerned to make sure Elspeth could go too. So Elspeth is travelling with us, and will homeboard with us in Surrey for a little while, so that Donnata can get to Scotland without worrying about her. We’ll meet up with Donnata in a few weeks’ time for a handover.

In the Girona area we called in to collect Odie at a dog pound in Tossa de Mar. Kate, who lives in Sussex in the UK, is a good friend to these dogs, raising funds for them and finding them new homes. Sensibly she focuses on one dog at a time, at a rate of about one a month. Her daughter lives in Tossa de Mar and is also closely involved. Odie is the latest lucky dog to have been found a new home in the UK.

Last night we stayed near Narbonne, where we hooked up with Jack Russell Jack and Pug Ernie, both of whom are on their way to rejoin their families in the UK.

Freddi and Moma on their way to the beach

Freddi and Moma on their way to the beach

Moma loved the beach — she wanted to run and dash about, but unfortunately we didn't have a long enough lead!

Moma loved the beach — she wanted to run and dash about, but unfortunately we didn’t have a long enough lead!

Moma with her ears up, doing her best impression of a Pharaoh Hound

Moma with her ears up, doing her best impression of a Pharaoh Hound

Freddi would like to be picked up please!

Freddi would like to be picked up please!

Baldrick and Holly were noses to the ground, drinking in all the new smells

Baldrick and Holly were noses to the ground, drinking in all the new smells

Zoillo spotted something in the surf he really wanted to play with

Zoillo spotted something in the surf he really wanted to play with

Rafa spotted it too, and was equally fascinated

Rafa spotted it too, and was equally fascinated

Cute rabbit Elspeth got on board in Barcelona

Cute rabbit Elspeth got on board in Barcelona

Odie enjoying a walk in the evening sunshine in France

Odie enjoying a walk in the evening sunshine in France

Lovely Jack joined our trip in the south of France

Lovely Jack joined our trip in the south of France

Jack and Odie say hello

Jack and Odie say hello

Ernie at the vet, waiting for his parasite treatment. Spot the natty accessory no self-respecting pug should be without!

Ernie at the vet, waiting for his parasite treatment. Spot the natty accessory no self-respecting pug should be without!

Inscrutable Q, very self contained

Inscrutable Q, very self contained

Mieow Mieow shows his handsome face at last!

Mieow Mieow shows his handsome face at last!

Heading north through Spain, collecting Freddi, Baldrick, Holly and Moma along the way

Animalcouriers stopped off last night at one of our favourite hotels — Hotel Almazara Riofrio — in the middle of the campo in Spain’s Granada region.

After walks with Rafa and Ziollo this morning, we called on Linda, who fosters dogs in and around Lorca in the Murcia region, to collect Abbi’s little dog Freddi. He had a frightful start in life, and was brought to Helping Hands after being savaged by two other dogs. He had to have an operation to insert cement and metal inserts around his spine, to hold his tiny body up.

We then headed off to see Gary at Digs4Dogs on the Costa Blanca. Heather’s dogs, Baldrick and Holly, have been staying here since she went on ahead to the UK. Now it’s time for them to join her in Stafford.

Our last call of the day was to catch up with our colleagues Traveldog in Alicante, who brought a beautiful Whippet called Moma to join our trip to the UK.

The hotel has its own railway station on the line from Malaga!

The hotel has its own railway station on the line from Malaga!

At the hotel we were surrounded by stunning scenes of olive trees…

At the hotel we were surrounded by stunning scenes of olive trees…

…and wild flowers in all directions…

…and wild flowers in all directions…

…and all colours

…and all colours

Wild grasses blooming in the Spanish sun

Wild grasses blooming in the Spanish sun

A goodbye hug for little Freddi from Linda — the number of dogs in her care went down from 28 to 27 today

A goodbye hug for little Freddi from Linda — the number of dogs in her care went down from 28 to 27 today

Fun-loving Freddi gets settled in to his compartment

Fun-loving Freddi gets settled in to his compartment

Freddi's farewell committee — lots of waggy tails and friendly little barks from his foster brothers and sisters

Freddi’s farewell committee — lots of waggy tails and friendly little barks from his foster brothers and sisters

Gary says goodbye to Holly and Baldrick

Gary says goodbye to Holly and Baldrick

Close-up on cute Holly (L) and Baldrick (R)

Close-up on cute Holly (L) and Baldrick (R)

Gorgeous Whippet Moma

Gorgeous Whippet Moma

Clever Q cooking up the next gadget for agent 007

Clever Q cooking up the next gadget for agent 007

We haven't yet seen much of Mieow Mieow, but we know he's there. Overnight, food disappears, water is drunk and the facilities are used. This was how much of him we could see this morning!

We haven’t yet seen much of Mieow Mieow, but we know he’s there. Overnight, food disappears, water is drunk and the facilities are used. This was how much of him we could see this morning!

Collecting UK-bound pets in Portugal and Spain: Rafa, Meiow Meiow, Ziollo and Q

Having reunited all the pets who travelled with us from the UK with their owners, Animalcouriers turned around and set off on the UK-bound leg of the trip.

The first passenger to get on board was Rafa, who’s been living near Faro in Portugal with his owner Rosemary. Now it’s time for them both to go back to the UK. Rafa is going on ahead, and will stay with friends in Cornwall until Rosemary arrives.

In Spain we met up with Meiow Meiow and Ziollo just outside the cement works at Manilva. Owner Sue has gone on ahead to the UK and is excitedly waiting for them in Hove. They’ve been in the care of Kirstie and Mark, who told us they will very much miss their walks with Ziollo.

In Nueva Andalucia we called in on Margot to collect her suave black-and-white puss Q — so named because her son is a big fan of that character from James Bond. Q and Margot are relocating to Cheltenham in Surrey — and will perhaps ultimately move to the Netherlands, which is where Margot comes from.

Rosemary with her handsome hound Rafa

Rosemary with her handsome hound Rafa

Rafa all ready for the off

Rafa all ready for the off

Anyone who lives near to, or travels in and out of, Faro airport will be familiar with these fabulous figures peering up at the sky from the roundabout. Called 'The Plane Watchers', these roughly hewn stone sculptures are by Teresa Paulino. They make us smile every time we see them.

Anyone who lives near to, or travels in and out of, Faro airport will be familiar with these fabulous figures peering up at the sky from the roundabout. Called ‘The Plane Watchers’, these roughly hewn stone sculptures are by Teresa Paulino. They make us smile every time we see them.

Fortification at the Spanish town of Ayamonte, built to cover the river separating Spain and Portugal

Fortification at the Spanish town of Ayamonte, built to cover the river separating Spain and Portugal

View of the top of the 15th century San Salvador church tower in Ayamonte

View of the top of the 15th century San Salvador church tower in Ayamonte

Giant asparagus anyone? This succulent throws up a 10m high flower stalk!

Giant asparagus anyone? This succulent throws up a 10m high flower stalk!

Rafa spotted some sheep on his morning walk and seemed keen to do some shepherding… but realised he wasn't really sure how to go about it!

Rafa spotted some sheep on his morning walk and seemed keen to do some shepherding… but realised he wasn’t really sure how to go about it!

Mark with Meiow Meiow and Ziollo

Mark with Meiow Meiow and Ziollo

Kirstie and Mark, who've been taking care of Sue's pets since she left for the UK

Kirstie and Mark, who’ve been taking care of Sue’s pets since she left for the UK

Kirstie says goodbye to Meiow Meiow

Kirstie says goodbye to Meiow Meiow

Ziollo is a real smiler

 

Margot with Q outside their apartment block

Margot with Q outside their apartment block

The name's Q…

The name’s Q…

Along the way we've been enjoying all sorts of beautiful spring flowers, many of which are completely unfamiliar to us. We'd really love to know what this one is — any ideas?

Along the way we’ve been enjoying all sorts of beautiful spring flowers, many of which are completely unfamiliar to us. We’d really love to know what this one is — any ideas?

Courier M had a field day, here are some of his finds… (click on a photo to enter the slideshow)

This marvellous painting appears on wall at the entrance to a tunnel north of Malaga. There are two more at the other end.

This marvellous painting appears on wall at the entrance to a tunnel north of Malaga. There are two more at the other end.

Happy reunions in Spain for Baby, Byron, Pluto, Mr Bojangles, PJ, Belle, Arfa and Poppy

After spending the night near Narbonne, Animalcouriers crossed the border into Spain where our first stop was to deliver gorgeous ginger tabby cat Baby in Barcelona. Then it was on to Madrid to reunite chatty grey cat Byron and Basset Hound Pluto with their respective owners.

In Arroyo de la Miel, we reunited Clare with her beloved black-and-white cat Mr Bojangles.

On the Mijas Costa, there was much excitement and dashing about when we delivered Westies PJ and Belle to their family. Grandma Ann, who’d seen them off in Aberdeenshire, was on hand to complete the circle.

There was the usual exuberant reunion between Matt and Arfa. We’re never quite sure who is more excited — man or dog! Arfa had a terrible start in life, and it’s amazing to see the bond between him and his devoted family.

And on the Spanish side of the border with Gibraltar, we handed long-haired black-and-white puss Poppy to Vic and Andy. Vic is a dental nurse in the navy and, when the couple moved to Gibraltar, they left Poppy with friends in Plymouth, thinking she wouldn’t welcome the move. But clever Poppy made it her business not to settle down, so Vic and Andy had no choice about arranging for her to move and join them.

Baby safely delivered into the welcoming arms of family members

Baby safely delivered into the welcoming arms of family members

Byron's owner delighted to have him back with her in Madrid

Byron’s owner delighted to have him back with her in Madrid

Emilio celebrating Pluto's arrival

Emilio celebrating Pluto’s arrival

A big smile from Clare on being reunited with Mr Bojangles

A big smile from Clare on being reunited with Mr Bojangles

Super cute Belle

Super cute Belle

PJ makes a late entry into the 'longest tongue' competition

PJ makes a late entry into the ‘longest tongue’ competition

After an initial dash about, we managed to get everyone into the photo when PJ and Belle were reunited with their family. The sunny skies are somewhat different from their departure point in Aberdeenshire!

After an initial dash about, we managed to get everyone into the photo when PJ and Belle were reunited with their family. The sunny skies are somewhat different from their departure point in Aberdeenshire!

Matt thrilled to have Arfa back in his arms

Matt thrilled to have Arfa back in his arms

Vic and Andy welcoming Poppy to Gibraltar

Vic and Andy welcoming Poppy to Gibraltar

Apparently, no modern Spanish wedding is complete without a balloon bride

Apparently, no modern Spanish wedding is complete without a balloon bride

A novel interpretation of a treehouse!

A novel interpretation of a treehouse!