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.

Rips travels from Norway to Scotland; and Ben is on his way to the UK

Rips, a very glamorous black-and-white puss, became a transport veteran in a single 24-hour period, travelling by car, plane, bus, van and train.

Her journey started in Bergen in Norway; from there she flew to Amsterdam with her owner. Animalcouriers drove to Amsterdam to meet Rips from the plane, while her owner flew on to Aberdeen.

By 9am yesterday Rips and courier S were on their way to Calais to catch the Eurotunnel but, about 25 miles from the terminal, the motorway traffic ground to a halt. Eurotunnel was closed, owing to trespassers setting fire to tyres on the track. Not only that, the ferries were also on strike. It was a jolly hot day to be stranded, but many of the lorry drivers who were also stuck on the motorway kindly shared their cold water and soft drinks with the rest of us.

When the French police allowed cars and vans to move off the motorway, we headed off and found a hotel for the night, close to the tunnel. We also detoured to the Landrons kennels and cattery to collect slinky black cat Ben, saving courier J a separate trip. Ben travelled with Animalcouriers from Spain a couple of weeks ago, but his passport has only just become valid for entry into the UK.

We managed to book on a 7.00am train this morning which left on time. So by 7.30am we were in the UK and heading to the Animalcouriers base in Surrey.

Lorries and cars stopped on the motorway to Calais

Lorries and cars stopped on the motorway to Calais

Lorry drivers sharing their cold drinks with everyone

Lorry drivers sharing their cold drinks with everyone

Aircon on and the windscreen shaded by a towel — kept our van lovely and cool!

Aircon on and the windscreen shaded by a towel — kept our van lovely and cool!

Rips (named for a Norwegian berry) is one cool character, taking everything in her stride, giving just the occasional dark brown stare that cats have perfected over the generations

Rips (named for a Norwegian berry) is one cool character, taking everything in her stride, giving just the occasional dark brown stare that cats have perfected over the generations

Handsome, golden-eyed Ben, who'll soon be reunited with Margaret in Burnley

Handsome, golden-eyed Ben, who’ll soon be reunited with Margaret in Burnley

Hia flies in from Korea; and Dexter and Lucy head to France for the summer

Beautiful little Hia (short for Hyena) had a long journey from Korea to the UK. She left Korea at 08.00am and arrived in Paris 11 hours later. On the flight she sat next to her human mum, and was as good as gold. Animalcouriers collected Hia in Paris and drove her to Calais, where we boarded the Eurotunnel, courier S ensuring plenty of pampering along the way for this little girl. On arrival in the UK it was a short hop to Hia’s new home in Surrey to be reunited with her family. It’s all very exciting as a new baby is due in just a few months.

A few days later courier S was back on the road with Border Collie brother and sister Dexter and Lucy. These very frequent travellers are heading from their home in London to their summer home in Avignon. A perfect pair of angels, these two dogs are completely at ease with the routine of travelling. They know when to lie back and enjoy the ride, when to smile at customs, and when to rush around and make the most of our comfort breaks.

Hia shows us her beautiful profile

Hia shows us her beautiful profile

Lovely Lucy enjoys the fresh air

Lovely Lucy enjoys the fresh air

Dashing Dexter enjoys a rest on the grass

Dashing Dexter enjoys a rest on the grass

Lucy and Dexter were so excited when they arrived, that after a cursory lick of the hand to say goodbye, they went tearing off to reaquaint themselves with the sights and smells of their Provencal home

Lucy and Dexter were so excited when they arrived, that after a cursory lick of the hand to say goodbye, they went tearing off to reaquaint themselves with the sights and smells of their Provencal home

A classic Provence scene — a lavender-lined driveway

A classic Provence scene — a lavender-lined driveway

And where you find lavender, you often find sunflowers, too

And where you find lavender, you often find sunflowers, too

UK reunions for Napoleao, Cuca, Kathy, Neska, Charlie, Galatzo and Melody; and news of Danae

Couriers J and M had quite a time of it when they reached the northern French port of Calais. Fencing was being erected and there was a strong police presence to hold back a flow of migrants, reminding us about all the unhappy places in the world people are fleeing from. Then, on checking in, we discovered there was a strike at the port, so it was a three-hour wait before we could set sail.

Eventually we made it back to our Surrey base, where a delighted Teresa was waiting to collect her cats Napoleao and Cuca who had travelled from Porto. “We would have waited all night!” they told us. So wonderful how much people care about their pets, and what a lovely contrast to the rather trying time we’d had at Calais.

The following day there were more ecstatic scenes when Ana and George arrived to collect their dogs Kathy and Neska, who travelled with us from Granada. The whole family is moving to Bristol.

Meanwhile courier M headed north to deliver more pets to their waiting owners. Along with African Grey Charlie and young wolfdog Galatzo who travelled with us from Spain, he also had Melody on board. This lovely black-and-white Pointer was flown to the UK by the Friends of Filozoikos, who support the Filozoikos shelter in Athens which does such a great job with stray and abandoned dogs. Melody was fostered by Gabby, who brought her to us in Surrey ready to travel up to Ayrshire in Scotland to her new home with Sheila.

We also recently received news of another Filozoikos rescue — Danae, who had an eye operation and was then adopted by Erica and Hans in the Netherlands. Erica wrote to Martha at Filozoikos to tell her how well Danae is getting on:

“We are so happy we have Danae. She is listening very good, she likes to be cuddled (can sit beside us for minutes long to be cuddled). And she very much likes to play with other dogs. That is, she likes other dogs to run after her — there are only a few dogs who can run as fast as she can. We want to thank you and Kiki again for giving us Danae, we enjoy every day with her.”

Teresa and her friend were waiting patiently for cats Napoleao and Cuca at our Surrey base

Teresa and her friend were waiting patiently for cats Napoleao and Cuca at our Surrey base

More sheer delight — Kathy (L) and Neska (R) have kisses and cuddles with Ana

More sheer delight — Kathy (L) and Neska (R) have kisses and cuddles with Ana

Charlie arrives in sunny Stokenchurch where he and Nick were delighted to be reunited

Charlie arrives in sunny Stokenchurch where he and Nick were delighted to be reunited

Galatzo with Casey. Casey visited Spain to choose a puppy from the wolfdog breeder, and spent two weeks bonding with Galatzo — who clearly hadn't forgotten him! Courier M was barely on his way before Casey was off for a walk with Galatzo to show him around the leafy Glasgow suburb that is now his home.

Galatzo with Casey. Casey visited Spain to choose a puppy from the wolfdog breeder, and spent two weeks bonding with Galatzo — who clearly hadn’t forgotten him! Courier M was barely on his way before Casey was off for a walk with Galatzo to show him around the leafy Glasgow suburb that is now his home.

Sheila cuddling Melody

Sheila cuddling Melody

Melody gets a reassuring stroke from Sheila

Melody gets a reassuring stroke from Sheila

Beautiful Danae enjoying her life in the Netherlands

Beautiful Danae enjoying her life in the Netherlands

Heading to Germany and Scandinavia with Margot, Onyxia, Loki, Sooty, Kiwi, Sanji and Garfield; and back to the UK with Ralph and Guinness

While couriers J and M were wending their way through France towards the UK, courier Mike set off from Blighty with pets heading to more northerly parts of Europe.

Kayla has moved from Brighton to Berlin and was delighted to find there was a way for her pet rabbit Margot to travel out to join her.

Tanja and her family have relocated from Cork in Ireland to Tommerup in Denmark. Their four cats, Onyxia, Loki, Sooty and Kiwi travelled with Animalcouriers to their new Danish home.

Young Bengal kitten Sanji left his breeder Dane in the UK to live with new owner Oskar in Sweden. Sweden has quite strict rules about importing pets from other EU countries. So Dane arranged a TRACES certificate for Sanji, while Oskar organised an import permit at the Swedish end. Very vocal little Sanji was accompanied by a mountain of paperwork when he arrived at his new home near Stockholm.

And last but not least, big ginger boy Garfield travelled with us from Berkshire to be reunited with Hanna who’s moved back to Sweden.

Courier Mike booked into a hotel near the beach at Putgarten in Germany. Walking in, he was puzzled to find it looked more like a house than a hotel. Eventually he realised he wasn’t in the hotel at all, but in the retirement home next door!

Springer Spaniel Ralph and his feline friend Guinness joined courier Mike in Copenhagen. Lyndsey and family are moving from Denmark to Aberdeen, and both they and their pets started their journeys today.

When courier Mike checked in for his ferry crossing, the check-in desk had run out of official labels for vehicles carrying pets. So an enterprising (and artistic) member of the check-in team drew one by hand!

When courier Mike checked in for his ferry crossing, the check-in desk had run out of official labels for vehicles carrying pets. So an enterprising (and artistic) member of the check-in team drew one by hand!

Pretty Margot enjoys tasty carrot and salad snacks

Pretty Margot enjoys tasty carrot and salad snacks

Tanja delighted to have all her crew home

Tanja delighted to have all her crew home

What a fabulous cat tree!

What a fabulous cat tree!

Sooty looks like he's up to no good!

Sooty looks like he’s up to no good!

Handsome ginger fellow Garfield

Handsome ginger fellow Garfield

Sanji with breeder Dane

Sanji with breeder Dane

Garfield reunited with Hanna

Garfield reunited with Hanna

Sanji with proud new owner Oskar

Sanji with proud new owner Oskar

Ralph enjoying his evening constitutional on the beach

Ralph enjoying his evening constitutional on the beach

Heading north through France towards the UK

From Narbonne Animalcouriers headed north towards Calais, stopping last night at Chaumont, where there were excellent dog walks to be had alongside a pretty canal.

On our way this morning, we were driving though a small hamlet, only to find the road blocked by an aged yet distinguished Golden Retriever. He waited until we had shown due respect by completely stopping our van. At which point he rose slowly from the middle of the road and sauntered in his own sweet time to the pavement to let us pass. A class act!

We’re now at Calais, ready to board the ferry to cross the Channel.

Cooky enjoys an evening walk

Cooky enjoys an evening walk

Although Cody is quite big and strong, he's very gentle on his walks

Although Cody is quite big and strong, he’s very gentle on his walks

Young wolfdog Galatzo is always very alert

Young wolfdog Galatzo is always very alert

Little Kathy, waiting for her walk

Little Kathy, waiting for her walk

Kathy's chum Neska is also keen to stretch her legs

Kathy’s chum Neska is also keen to stretch her legs

Paddula, very relaxed…

Paddula, very relaxed…

…as is Lalaith

…as is Lalaith

Beautiful evening sun on the canal near our hotel last night

Beautiful evening sun on the canal near our hotel last night

Meet Hermes, cat in residence at our hotel last night

Meet Hermes, cat in residence at our hotel last night

French Golden Delicious — the best-looking roadblock we ever did see!

French Golden Delicious — the best-looking roadblock we ever did see!

PS – we’ve just been informed by WordPress that it’s six years since we started our blog! 2, 570 posts later we are still enjoying our travels — thank you all for your follows, likes and comments, it’s a pleasure to have you on the road with us.

Five dogs, five cats and a parrot join Tiddles for our trip to the UK

Animalcouriers met up with Cody and his family on the front between Gibraltar and La Linea. He’s off to Northern Ireland to stay with mum Nikki’s sister while the family packs up ready to follow him. They all said they would miss Gibraltar but they’re looking forward to new schools and a new way of life. As Nikki put it: ‘It’s goodbye shorts and flip flops, hello Ugg boots and woolly hats!’

Then it was off to collect Ben from Margaret at Benalmadena Costa. Margaret moved here over 20 years ago, and character cat Ben came on the scene a few years later. Now the time has come for Margaret to go back to Burnley with Ben and rejoin her family.

After an overnight stay in Nerja, we caught up with Kathy and Neska. These canine chums belong to Ana and George who relocated from Granada to the UK a few months ago, leaving their dogs in the care of Irene. Now Ana and George are all settled in and have sent for their dogs to join them.

When Kristina and her family recently moved from Torrevieja to Buckinghamshire, they found African Grey Parrot Charlie a new home with friends. However, African Greys are very sensitive creatures and, despite best efforts, the solution didn’t suit Charlie 100%. So plans were changed and now he’s on his way to the UK to rejoin Kristina.

Yesterday evening in Valencia we met up with Xavier from our colleagues Traveldog, who brought the final passengers, two dogs and four cats, for our UK-bound trip. First up was wolfdog Galatzo from Madrid, who’s travelling to Glasgow. Anything but wild, this handsome chap is very sociable. We were also joined by Cocky, a little Westie, who hails from Santiago de Compostella, and has settled into travelling like a pro.

Siamese cat Paddula is travelling with slinky black Lalaiph from O Porrinno; and tabby cat Cuca is travelling with Napoleao from Porto. Cuca has asthma, which is treated with an inhaler. His owner, Teresa, says he can get very stressed and provided advice on how to use the inhaler. But so far he’s been very relaxed indeed, and probably wonders why we keep checking up on him!

Cody gets a great send-off from his family. L to R: Lauren, Charlotte holding Chloe, and mum Nikki

Cody gets a great send-off from his family. L to R: Lauren, Charlotte holding Chloe, and mum Nikki

Margaret with handsome Ben

Margaret with handsome Ben

Fearless Ben, checking courier J for the smells of other pets

Fearless Ben, checking courier J for the smells of other pets

Ben even quite fancied trying to get on courier J's lap, but the camera kept getting in the way!

Ben even quite fancied trying to get on courier J’s lap, but the camera kept getting in the way!

Cody looking very attentive — nothing to do with the biscuit in courier M's hand!

Cody looking very attentive — nothing to do with the biscuit in courier M’s hand!

Irene has been looking after Neska and Kathy. Here she is giving them goodbye hugs.

Irene has been looking after Neska and Kathy. Here she is giving them goodbye hugs.

Kathy (L) and Neska (R) — great ears, Neska!

Kathy (L) and Neska (R) — great ears, Neska!

We always love visiting Granada. This time around, the collars of petunias around the lampposts caught our eye, their bright colours contrasting beautifully with the pale stonework.

We always love visiting Granada. This time around, the collars of petunias around the lampposts caught our eye, their bright colours contrasting beautifully with the pale stonework.

Charlie shows us what a big fellow he is

Charlie shows us what a big fellow he is

Charlie with Bev, who's been taking care of him

Charlie with Bev, who’s been taking care of him

We always work hard to find secure overnight car parks. But if  there's not much green around, it can pose a problem for dogs that won't do their business unless it's on grass! We fell around this morning as one by one our dogs made a bee-line for this single sprig poking out through the tarmac.

We always work hard to find secure overnight car parks. But if there’s not much green around, it can pose a problem for dogs that won’t do their business unless it’s on grass! We fell around this morning as one by one our dogs made a bee-line for this single sprig poking out through the tarmac.

Here's Neska patiently waiting her turn to water the sprig

Here’s Neska patiently waiting her turn to water the sprig

Little Kathy is definitely the leader of her pack

Little Kathy is definitely the leader of her pack

Xavier from Traveldog with Galatzo

Xavier from Traveldog with Galatzo

Very tame and sociable wolfdog Galatzo

Very tame and sociable wolfdog Galatzo

Cute Westie Cocky

Cute Westie Cocky

A very chilled-out Paddula…

A very chilled-out Paddula…

…and Lalaiph settle in to the compartment they're sharing

…and Lalaiph settle in to the compartment they’re sharing

Cuca — such a handsome friendly face!

Cuca — such a handsome friendly face!

Cuca's companion Napoleao catches a few zeds

Cuca’s companion Napoleao catches a few zeds

Cody waiting very politely for his walk this morning

Cody waiting very politely for his walk this morning

Cody and Galatzo meet and have a little play — two very sociable hounds

Cody and Galatzo meet and have a little play — two very sociable hounds

Reunions for Rosie, Annie May, Percy, Magnus, Dash, Chinie, Mause and Crystal; and Tiddles joins our trip in Portugal

From Spain Animalcouriers headed into Portugal where we reunited long-haired black cat Rosie with Anne on the Algarve. Anne was ecstatic, having spent the whole morning waiting excitedly to see Rosie again.

Anne and her husband Ray split their time between the UK and Portugal. When their much-loved cat and dog passed away, they found it difficult to live without any pets. So they adopted 11-year-old Rosie from a rescue. Having been rather overlooked by other potential adopters, this little girl landed on her paws with Anne and Ray. Anne dropped us a line to say:

“A million thanks. Rosie has investigated everything and is now heartily tucking into her favourite meal and trying to purr at the same time.”

Also on the Algarve we reunited Annie May with Janise. It was hard to say who was the more delighted of the two!

Percy, Magnus, Dash, Chinie and Mause are also safely home. These five felines were collected in Harrogate, spent a few weeks at a cattery, did a road trip to Barcelona, caught an overnight ferry from Barcelona to Palma, then got a lift the rest of the way home. Despite all their adventures, these five felines no time at all to settle in to their new life on a Spanish island.

Last month Rosemary’s handsome hound Rafa travelled with us to the UK and now her slinky black cat Tiddles is following on. Tiddles was found by Diana of Animal Inn Guia and adopted by Rosemary. Tiddles’s paperwork wasn’t quite ready for him to travel last month, so he went back to stay with Diana and Bungie to wait for us. He’s a little bit unhappy as he’s had a few changes in his short time with Rosemary. But we’ll do our best to reassure him, and we’re certain he’ll soon settle down once he’s home with Rosemary and Rafa.

Our final happy reunion of the day was when we delivered Staffie cross Crystal to her owner Ella in Andalucia in Spain — both were thrilled to be back together.

Rosie mewed with delight on hearing Anne's voice

Rosie mewed with delight on hearing Anne’s voice

Anne over the moon to have Rosie back

Anne over the moon to have Rosie back

The beautiful sunny Algarve

The beautiful sunny Algarve

Janise back with her lovely Posavac Hound, Annie May

Janise back with her lovely Posavac Hound, Annie May

Very relaxed Dash

Very relaxed Dash

One of Dash's mates, Percy or Magnus — we never did managed to tell these two handsome black chaps apart!

One of Dash’s mates, Percy or Magnus — we never did managed to tell these two handsome black chaps apart!

Mause and one of her chums tucking in to their tea

Mause and one of her chums tucking in to their tea

Tiddles, on his way to rejoin Rosemary and Rafa in the UK

Tiddles, on his way to rejoin Rosemary and Rafa in the UK

Waiting at La Linea, you can almost reach out and touch the Atlas mountains at the top of Africa — awesome!

Waiting at La Linea, you can almost reach out and touch the Atlas mountains at the top of Africa — awesome!

Crystal goes crazy when we reunite her with Ella

Crystal goes crazy when we reunite her with Ella

Reuniting Tosca, and drawing a pet-friendly crowd in Spain

Animalcouriers crossed into Spain where our first stop was El Vendrell in Catalonia to reunite gorgeous cat Tosca with his owner Xavier. Tosca declined to show his face for a goodbye photo — but Xavier wasn’t at all surprised, explaining that Tosca is ‘very shy.’

We then headed straight to a garage as our van’s air conditioning had become a little temperamental towards the end of the previous day. As is always the case, our passengers aroused great interest, and in no time the mechanics were pulling out their smartphones to show us photos of their own pets. The boss ended up having to come out and remind them they were supposed to be fixing the aircon!

Once the aircon was back in working order, we continued on to Tortosa, where we stopped for the night at a hotel on the top of a hill. The dogs were most intrigued by the views!

Xavier delighted to have Tosca back

Xavier delighted to have Tosca back

The pets drew quite a crowd at the garage. We ended up handing out biscuits for everyone to feed to the dogs!

The pets drew quite a crowd at the garage. We ended up handing out biscuits for everyone to feed to the dogs!

A proudly shared photo of a much loved hound

A proudly shared photo of a much loved hound

Annie May gives the secure hotel car park her seal of approval

Annie May gives the secure hotel car park her seal of approval

Crystal agrees it's a great place for walks and views

Crystal agrees it’s a great place for walks and views

Leaving the UK with Pachi, Tosca, Annie May, Crystal, Percy, Magnus, Dash, Chinie, Mause, Rosie, Maya and Mabel

Animalcouriers set off from the UK with pets on board bound for France, Spain and Portugal.

Simonetta brought us her gentle yellow Lab Pachi, who travelled to the UK with us a year ago from north west Spain. He is on his way back to stay with his grandma, Monica, where Simonetta will join him next month.

Silver tabby Tosca is travelling with us from Milton Keynes to El Vendrell, Spain. This gorgeous puss is a little puzzled by the journey, so we’re doing our best to be very reassuring.

Cute Annie May is a Posavac Hound who’s had quite few moves in her short life. She was rescued from life on the streets in Romania and adopted by Janise, who brought her to live in Derbyshire. Now the family has moved to the Portuguese Algarve and naturally Annie May is travelling too. This sweet-natured dog clearly hasn’t forgotten her early years, as she’s very quick to snatch up any dropped or unattended food!

Staffie cross Crystal Is travelling with us to join her family who’ve moved from Erith to Andalucia in Spain. This sociable little girl homeboarded with courier J before we left and she just loved chattering and nattering with everyone who passed through the house!

Steve and Janet have relocated to Mallorca from Harrogate, and now their five cats — Percy, Magnus, Dash, Chinie and Mause — are on their way too. Their journey started around a fortnight ago when we collected them in Harrogate. These fine felines stayed at Burntwood Cattery and Kennels near our office, until we were ready to leave for continental Europe. We’ll drive them as far as Barcelona to board the ferry to Palma, where they’ll be met for the last leg of their journey home. Despite their fairly long and fragmented trip, these are five very chilled-out cats — probably because of the rather sedate nature of the journey.

Also on board is gentle, long-haired black cat Rosie, who’s swapping East Sussex greenery for Algarve sunshine. She is very interested in all the goings-on in and around the van, and enjoys keeping an eye on everything from her elevated lookout.

Maya and Mabel left Edinburgh for the Figeac area of France, to rejoin Florent and Amie. Mabel has taken everything in her stride and been quite calm — although we were warned she’s not too keen on cuddles. Maya, on the other hand, is quite indignant about her routine having been disturbed!

Tonight we reach the southern French town of Narbonne, where we’ll spend the night before crossing the border into Spain tomorrow.

Simonetta says goodbye to Pachi — she's very much looking forward to seeing him again next month

Simonetta says goodbye to Pachi — she’s very much looking forward to seeing him again next month

 Tosca looking a little bemused by this whole travel thing

Tosca looking a little bemused by this whole travel thing

Annie May is ready for the off

Annie May is ready for the off

Sociable Crystal hopes to catch our eye

Sociable Crystal hopes to catch our eye

Pachi has a good old chuckle at Crystal's knock knock joke

Pachi has a good old chuckle at Crystal’s knock knock joke

Magnus… or Percy…

Magnus… or Percy…

Percy… or Magnus — we're struggling to tell these two jet black slinky cats apart!

Percy… or Magnus — we’re struggling to tell these two jet black slinky cats apart!

Handsome ginger Dash shows off his magnificent whiskers

Handsome ginger Dash shows off his magnificent whiskers

Calico cats Chinie and Mause are as chilled out as their three siblings

Calico cats Chinie and Mause are as chilled out as their three siblings

Gentle long-haired beauty Rosie

Gentle long-haired beauty Rosie

Mabel, who took travelling more or less in her stride…

Mabel, who took travelling more or less in her stride…

…unlike her sibling Maya who's been pretty indignant about the whole business!

…unlike her sibling Maya who’s been pretty indignant about the whole business!

Fortunately for Maya, she and Mabel were the first pets to be delivered, just outside Figeac. Florent's mum Joelle was there to greet the cats, soon to be joined by Florent who was already on his way from the airport.

Fortunately for Maya, she and Mabel were the first pets to be delivered, just outside Figeac. Florent’s mum Joelle was there to greet the cats, soon to be joined by Florent who was already on his way from the airport.

Annie May enjoying a sunny walk

Annie May enjoying a sunny walk

Pachi catching a few rays — spot his handsome check collar!

Pachi catching a few rays — spot his handsome check collar!

News of clever Bandit, who was adopted by Christine

Last year we met a very clever black-and-white cat in Malaga. A dead ringer for Christine’s cat Whiskey, Bandit managed to get himself scooped up with Christine’s other cats and given a microchip and passport in Whiskey’s name, ready to travel to the UK.

Fortunately the mistake was quickly discovered and the real Whiskey could be collected in time. Christine, waiting for her cats to join her in the UK, was so impressed by stray cat Bandit’s subterfuge that she immediately adopted him. We transported him a few weeks later once his passport was valid for the UK.

Christine got in touch with us recently with news of all her pets:

“I am pleased to tell you that they have all settled in. Molli adores me, just as she always used to, Cookie want to possess me, but Bandit and Whiskey come to me to say ‘hello’, have a stroke then go off to their separate places in the house. They all have their favourite chair, and you wouldn’t know I had five cats unless you are there at breakfast time.

Bandit (I’ve renamed him Mongo after Montgo the mountain where he lived) gave me a real scare when he first arrived as he escaped from the dining room overnight and disappeared for a week but he suddenly turned up for breakfast and hasn’t gone far since. He gets on very well with my little dog and they play together.

I am still very grateful for all you did to get my cats (plus one) back to me. I often recount the story of Bandit which people find fascinating and funny.”

Christine also mentioned she’s planning to move back to Spain and will of course be taking her pets with her. This time there will be another (planned) new addition — a baby tortoise!

Bookend cats Whiskey and Bandit (aka Mongo)

Bookend cats Whiskey and Bandit (aka Mongo)

Five go mad for breakfast

Five go mad for breakfast

Cookie and Molli with Chihuahua mix Bonnie

Cookie and Molli with Chihuahua mix Bonnie