Pets fly to far-flung destinations: Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Caribbean, Cyprus, Australia, the US, Argentina, Canada and Abu Dhabi

Pets relocating around Europe tend to travel by road (and sea) with Animalcouriers; for those travelling further afield, we can arrange air freight and help with import and export paperwork.

Recent Asian destinations for some of our passengers include Singapore, Thailand  and Hong Kong. Handsome Labradoodle Thumper, his sidekick Vos, a Dachshund, and feline chums Bus and Biscuit flew to Singapore with BA. This family of four stayed at Haytor Kennels in Surrey while everything was prepared for their move. Vet on the Hill in Caterham took care of the export paperwork, and we worked with Mitchville, who organised the Singaporean import permits and delivered the pets to their new home once clearances had been completed at Changi Airport.

Thumper exploring his new surroundings in Singapore

Thumper exploring his new surroundings in Singapore

We arranged for slinky black cat Bruno to fly to Bangkok with Thai Air, then Boonma organised Bruno’s transfer to Phuket. With this trip, Bruno effectively returns to his homeland — he was found as a kitten in his owner’s Phuket garden, then moved to Hong Kong, after which he spent a few months in Brighton. Bruno has now put his suitcase into storage as the plans are for Phuket to be his permanent residence.

Bruno stayed at Burntwood Kennels in Surrey for a few days before boarding his flight

Bruno stayed at Burntwood Kennels in Surrey for a few days before boarding his flight

Bruno's owner Eric wrote to say: "Bruno arrived safely. He seems quite happy to see me! Many thanks for all your help."

Bruno’s owner Eric wrote to say: “Bruno arrived safely. He seems quite happy to see me! Many thanks for all your help.”

Rabbit Meow swapped Wales for Hong Kong. Meow turned out to be something of a conundrum. Despite the name, Meow is indeed a rabbit, not a cat. What’s more, while at the vet in Cardiff having the export paperwork completed, it was discovered that Meow wasn’t a buck, but a doe!

Meow at BA World Cargo, Heathrow, just before checking in. Looks like this gorgeous girl had plenty of tasty snacks to see her through the flight!

Meow at BA World Cargo, Heathrow, just before checking in. Looks like this gorgeous girl had plenty of tasty snacks to see her through the flight!

Our travellers to the Caribbean included Sage a very gentle, vocal Beagle puppy who joined her new family in Bermuda. Sage homeboarded with Animalcouriers while her export and import paperwork was prepared.

Sage's irresistible puppy dog eyes! Her owner Sharica emailed us, saying: "Just wanted to say thank you so much for everything in getting Sage to Bermuda. She is settling in very nicely."

Sage’s irresistible puppy dog eyes! Her owner Sharica emailed us, saying: “Just wanted to say thank you so much for everything in getting Sage to Bermuda. She is settling in very nicely.”

We also arranged for Candy, a Giant Schnauzer puppy (and kennel mate of Max, who flew to Bahrain earlier this year), to fly to Grand Cayman to join her new family. They told us:

“The little bundle of fur arrived safely after her 13-hour journey to Grand Cayman. She is lovely and I am grateful to all of you who have made this happen. It certainly has been a journey but with your assistance and, dare I say it, your patience, we managed to pull off a transaction that connected Morecambe with sunny Grand Cayman! Now who would have thought that?”

Beautiful Candy at her new Caribbean home

Beautiful Candy at her new Caribbean home

A little closer to home, we arranged for two dogs, Mit and Dylan, to fly to North Cyprus.

Stately Mit and owners are joining family in Cyprus

Stately Mit and owners are joining family in Cyprus

Handsome hound Dylan and his owner — they managed to book onto the same flight

Handsome hound Dylan and his owner — they managed to book onto the same flight

Antipodean adventurers were Abby, a Munsterlander, who travelled to Wellington; Milly who headed to Perth; and Richard, a wire hair Fox Terrier who flew to Sydney to join breeder Christophe. Richard and Milly were among the last pets to stay at Eastern Creek Quarantine Kennels, which has now closed. From now on, cats and dogs travelling to Australia will stay at the new quarantine facility at Mickleham just north of Melbourne.

Abby (R), dashing about with a new friend in Australia

Abby (R), dashing about with a new friend in Australia

Tracey, Abby's breeder, told us: "Abby has settled in very well as you can see from the photos. Owner Carol is absolutely delighted with her and we have almost daily updates."

Tracey, Abby’s breeder, told us: “Abby has settled in very well as you can see from the photos. Owner Carol is absolutely delighted with her and we have almost daily updates.”

Cute Milly at home in Perth. Sam, her owner had to move to Australia in July and was counting the days before Milly could join her. On being reunited, Sam wrote to say: "We are home safe and sound with Milly. Thank you for the wonderful service, we will be sure to recommend you to others that may follow us to Australia."

Cute Milly at home in Perth. Sam, her owner had to move to Australia in July and was counting the days before Milly could join her. On being reunited, Sam wrote to say: “We are home safe and sound with Milly. Thank you for the wonderful service, we will be sure to recommend you to others that may follow us to Australia.”

Young Richard enjoys an autumnal walk before heading to Heathrow for his Qantas flight

Heading west were Willow, a very sweet King Charles Cavalier puppy who went to Boston; Nellie who flew to Newark with United; firm friends Tin and Sabina who headed to Buenos Aires; and Ginger who took off to Toronto.

Gorgeous Nellie all ready for her flight to the US

Gorgeous Nellie all ready for her flight to the US

Tin (L) and Sabina (R) at their new home. (We hasten to point out that Sabina travelled in a proper box, not that plastic bag!)

Tin (L) and Sabina (R) at their new home. (We hasten to point out that Sabina travelled in a proper box, not that plastic bag!)

Conrad, who works tirelessly for the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens, linked up with Dianne of Tails from Greece Rescue and found homes for Ginger and her sister Lilly in Ontario, Canada. Lilly was still in Athens, while Conrad was caring for Ginger in the UK. Ginger flew from London to Amsterdam, where she boarded the same KLM flight to Toronto as Lilly, who flew in from Athens. In Toronto they were met by Dianne. Fittingly, these two sisters have new homes with two sisters!

A rapturous welcome at Toronto airport for Ginger and Lilly

A rapturous welcome at Toronto airport for Ginger and Lilly

Two Lolas headed east. In 2011 we helped Lola senior move from Abu Dhabi to the UK. When it was time to move back to Abu Dhabi, Lola’s family asked Animalcouriers and the UAE-based American Veterinary Clinic to take care of the paperwork and travel arrangements again.

An early arrival for Lola at BA World Cargo. Lovely Lola stayed at Burntwood Kennels for a few weeks before jetting off to join her family.

An early arrival for Lola at BA World Cargo. Lovely Lola stayed at Burntwood Kennels for a few weeks before jetting off to join her family.

Lola junior, a cuddly Cockerpoo pup, flew with Emirates to Dubai to meet her new family. She homeboarded with Animalcouriers while her travel documents were prepared.

Little Lola makes herself at home

Little Lola makes herself at home

Buddy and Milou head to the UK from Greece

Courier J is in Greece to accompany two rescue dogs, Buddy and Milou, who’re travelling to their families in the UK. They’re taking the plane from Athens to Paris Charles de Gaulle, and will travel the last leg of the journey by road.

Buddy hails from Lesvos, where he was adopted by Amy who’d gone to help with the refugee crisis. Amy tells us:

“I flew to Lesvos from the UK to volunteer with the Syrian refugee crisis there. The Greek islands like Lesvos in particular hold many tragic stories; the families travel there by boat across the Aegean Sea, many do not make it at all. This year alone 700 children have died crossing the Aegean, it is truly heartbreaking. My volunteering there has changed me forever…

On our second day we met Buddy while driving through from the port to one of the camps where we volunteered. He was one of many stray dogs — Lesvos has a huge stray problem. Every day we saw Buddy in the same spot, he was different to the other dogs. He craved attention, was very affectionate. Soon we started taking him on volunteer trips with us. I know that sometimes animals can be therapeutic, so we took Buddy one day to Pikpa camp for bereaved families who’ve lost children, parents, siblings, who tragically drowned getting to the island. It’s a very special but sad camp.

Well, this puppy played with the children there all day, putting smiles and laughter into their day. I knew then just how special he was, I felt like it was destiny to meet him. I have a little boy back home and I knew Buddy would light up his life. That’s when I decided to adopt him… and the rest is history!”

Courier J met up with our old friends Kiki and Martha from the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens, who brought Milou to the airport to catch his flight. Snoopy, another Filozoikos dog, was also due to travel, but was diagnosed with leishmaniosis, a sandfly-borne blood disorder that’s common around the Mediterranean. Although it can be well controlled, it stays with a dog for life. His prospective family thought it over carefully but felt unable to take on a dog with a chronic illness.

Buddy with Amy and Amy's brother in law, Matt, who flew from Los Angeles to volunteer on Lesvos. Matt has two rescue dogs of his own at home.

Buddy with Amy and Amy’s brother in law, Matt, who flew from Los Angeles to volunteer on Lesvos. Matt has two rescue dogs of his own at home.

Big hugs for Buddy

Big hugs for Buddy

Martha and Kiki, smiling and laughing as always, with Milou and his travel box

Martha and Kiki, smiling and laughing as always, with Milou and his travel box

Milou sports one of Martha’s lovingly handmade farewell collars

Christine, who runs Chris's Animal Hotel met courier J at Athens airport to help her check Buddy and Milou in for the flight

Christine, who runs Chris’s Animal Hotel met courier J at Athens airport to help her check Buddy and Milou in for the flight

Buddy in his travel box, ready to board

Buddy in his travel box, ready to board

Tales from the skies: pets fly to Indonesia, South Africa, Bermuda, New Zealand and Australia

While couriers J, M and others have been transporting pets around Europe over the past few months, other members of the Animalcouriers team have been busy organising air freight for pets travelling somewhat further afield. Here are just a few of their stories.

Tilly, a very entertaining young King Charles Cavalier, home boarded with Animalcouriers while she waited for her Indonesian paperwork to be ready. She was a very engaging young lady and we were rather sorry to see her go!

Globe-trotting Rhea lived in the Caribbean before moving to the UK for a while. Her latest trip was with Virgin to Johannesburg to rejoin her South African owner, who had travelled on ahead to get everything ready for her arrival.

Lovely Molly, a Spanish Water dog joined her new family in Bermuda. Molly was bred by Rita at Zulusky, who we first met a couple of years ago when we drove Curiosa from Spain to Lincolnshire.

Four pets travelled to New Zealand. Handsome hound Louis flew with Air New Zealand to Auckland and spent his 10-day quarantine at Pethaven; while fluffy tabby cat Taffy opted to fly with Qantas and spend his quarantine at QPS.

Meanwhile, cat Marmalade and canine chum Libby flew with Emirates to Christchurch and stayed at Canterbury Quarantine Kennels. Their owner had gone on ahead to New Zealand, so relied on good friends, as well as Sara, a very helpful vet in Leeds and Animalcouriers to organise all the vet visits and paperwork.

We were delighted to catch up again with black cat Clark, who belongs to Sabra. We first met Clark when we moved him to northern Spain, then we brought him back to the UK after Sabra had completed the Spain-based element of her language course. Sabra and family flew home to Seattle earlier in the summer, where Clark has now joined them. Sabra wrote to say:

“How can we thank you for your wonderful care of Clark? He arrived safely and is busy investigating his new/old home. Many thanks to you all.”

Jack Russell Jack travelled from France to the UK with us earlier the year so that his Australian paperwork could be completed. He recently flew to Melbourne and has now been reunited with his owner Frank, who moved to Adelaide to be nearer his grandchildren. Jack emailed us on his arrival, saying:

“South of France to south Australia!!! Took care of me all the way, a good job well done. My master also tells me you kept him up to date as to my whereabouts and health frequently. Have no hesitation in recommending your team to anyone. Thanks a million.”

Animalcouriers also provides a collection service for pets arriving at UK airports, and we recently collected Nelson who arrived from Australia. We also organised flights from Faro in Portugal to Manchester for Betty and Minnie, where we collected them and drove them the rest of the way to their new home in Aberdeen. Kelly told us: “Just wanted to say the girls are doing very well, slept most of the day today but happy to be home.”

And finally, you may remember the story of Honi, whose owner Carla ran into difficulties getting Honi from the UK to Ecuador, and asked Animalcouriers for help. Carla recently published Honi’s story on her blog, along with that of Honi’s canine sister Poppy. They really are a pair of globe-trotting hounds!

Tilly dipping her paws in the pool in Indonesia, with Tina from her human family

Tilly dipping her paws in the pool in Indonesia, with Tina from her human family

Tall girl Rhea testing out her travel box

Tall girl Rhea testing out her travel box

Molly at her new home in Bermuda. New owner Tom told us: "Molly arrived in Bermuda safe and well and had a good night last night. She's still quite timid, understandably, but she seems to be settling in very well. We're very excited to have her."

Molly at her new home in Bermuda. New owner Tom told us: “Molly arrived in Bermuda safe and well and had a good night last night. She’s still quite timid, understandably, but she seems to be settling in very well. We’re very excited to have her.”

Louis in quarantine. The quarantine kennels commented on what a lovely dog he is.

Louis in quarantine. The quarantine kennels commented on what a lovely dog he is.

Taffy in quarantine. His owner wrote to say: "Just to let you know Taffy has arrived and is doing well so far in quarantine! Eating well and happy to get some attention! Thanks again for all your help — you were so wonderful!"

Taffy in quarantine. His owner wrote to say: “Just to let you know Taffy has arrived and is doing well so far in quarantine! Eating well and happy to get some attention! Thanks again for all your help — you were so wonderful!”

Libby relaxing in her New Zealand home (Marmalade was off exploring…)

Libby relaxing in her New Zealand home (Marmalade was off exploring…)

Nelson from Australia, at home in England

Nelson from Australia, at home in England

Betty snoozing at home in Aberdeen

Betty snoozing at home in Aberdeen

Minnie looking up with a sleepy face

Minnie looking up with a sleepy face

Jet-setting cats and dogs take to the skies

Over the summer Animalcouriers has helped pets travel all over the world. Airfreight destinations have included Australia, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, the US and Zimbabwe. Here are some of their stories.

Bouncy four-month-old Giant Schnauzer Max flew with BA to Bahrain. We collected this gorgeous pup from breeder Ferncliffe Schnauzers in Lancashire, and he homeboarded with us until his flight. Delmon Pets Relocators in Bahrain helped us with the paperwork. There was a slight hitch with Max’s move — when BA cargo-handling staff were loading him onto the aircraft, they went through their meticulous checklist and discovered the cargo hold’s heating wasn’t working, which of course meant Max couldn’t fly. So he had to be offloaded and wait for the next day’s flight. BA arranged for the him to stay at the Heathrow Anima Reception Centre. Fortunately, the next morning all went well, and Max was finally able to meet his new family.

Handsome Cocker Spaniel Mitchell’s move to Singapore went a little more smoothly. His owners flew ahead of Mitchell to search for a home with plenty of dog-walking opportunities. In the meantime, Mitchell stayed with Animalcouriers so that his health check, parasite treatments and export paperwork could be completed.

German Shepherd Dog Sonny flew with Emirates on their direct service from Newcastle to Dubai. Animalcouriers arranged his import and export paperwork, and had his travel box delivered to the airport. Owner Liz was able to check him in as she was travelling on the same flight.

Gorgeous Birman cats Pablo and Bacci are quite the globetrotters. They moved to the UK from Australia a couple of years ago, and have now headed off to South Korea. A very vocal pair, they told the vet all about their lives while he completed their export certificates. The chatter continued during their stay with us and the drive to Heathrow for their flight to Seoul. Gina at The First Class Pet reported their safe arrival in Seoul. We wonder where they’ll be off to next…

Another globetrotting cat is Matty, who we first met when her family relocated from London to Rio de Janeiro. Sadly her companion Sophie is no longer with us but Matty, at the grand old age of 19, has just moved back to Canada with her family after living in the UK for a while. Like Pablo and Bacci, Matty didn’t stop talking the whole way to Gatwick airport with courier L. Owner Janet let us know that Matty had arrived, saying:

“Matty arrived yesterday safe & sound, and still very vocal! She seems to really like her new home, we’ve not let her outside yet until she’s accustomed to where she lives… Thanks so much for helping us move again! Hope this is the last move for us! It feels great to be here!”

Since we brought cute Jack Russell Jack to the UK from the south of France, he’s been boarding at Burntwood Kennels. He’s due to fly to Australia to join his family in early September. Various blood tests must be done before Jack can travel to Adelaide, so we took him to the vet for blood samples to be taken — hence the green plasters in the photo.

Handsome Airedale Spud travelled from Barcelona with us earlier this month and also stayed at Burntwood until his family arrived from Spain. Everyone was pleased to be back together. Lovely Lola is also lodging at Burntwood while her family find suitable accommodation in Abu Dhabi. As soon as her owners give us the go-ahead, we’ll organise her paperwork and book her flight.

Animalcouriers provides a collection and delivery service for pets arriving at the London airports. Among our recent passengers was cat Tilly, who jetted in on Thai Air. Her family came to the UK before her to get her new house ready. Originally from Australia, Tilly has also lived in Hong Kong and New Zealand. We also drove Dachshunds Zoe and Mia, who arrived on Etihad from Abu Dhabi, to rejoin their family in Southampton.

If Max looks surprised in this photo it's because he just tried to lift a heavy bucket, and the water went everywhere!

If Max looks surprised in this photo it’s because he just tried to lift a heavy bucket, and the water went everywhere!

Max's arrival in Bahrain — what a wonderful greeting!

Max’s arrival in Bahrain — what a wonderful greeting!

Max’s owners reported: “He is adorable. He drank water, ate but not much, then got asleep the moment we left him alone.”

Energetic Cocker Spaniel Mitchell

Energetic Cocker Spaniel Mitchell

Mitchell catches a few rays of English sunshine

Mitchell catches a few rays of English sunshine

Mitchell smiling in his travel box at check-in

Mitchell smiling in his travel box at check-in

Handsome Sonny waiting at Emirates Sky Cargo at Newcastle airport

Handsome Sonny waiting at Emirates Sky Cargo at Newcastle airport

Cats Bacci and Pablo checking in at London Heathrow for their flight to South Korea

Cats Bacci and Pablo checking in at London Heathrow for their flight to South Korea

A closer look at one of these gorgeous floofies. Owner Emilia wrote to say: "Thank you for all your help, the cats have arrived and settled very well."

A closer look at one of these gorgeous floofies. Owner Emilia wrote to say: “Thank you for all your help, the cats have arrived and settled very well.”

Maximilian and Rodney flew to Chennai with their owners on Lufthansa. Here they are with Ian from Vet on the Hill. [http://vetonthehill.co.uk/]

Maximilian and Rodney flew to Chennai with their owners on Lufthansa. Here they are with Ian from Vet on the Hill.

Jack on his way back to the kennels from the vet

Jack on his way back to the kennels from the vet

Lovely Lola enjoys a walk

Lovely Lola enjoys a walk

Airedale Spud delighted to be back with his family

Airedale Spud delighted to be back with his family

A happy reunion for Tilly with members of her family

A happy reunion for Tilly with members of her family

One of the darling Dachshunds, Zoe and Mia, en route to Southampton

One of the darling Dachshunds, Zoe and Mia, en route to Southampton

Fobius flies to Bahrain; Georgie and Leo hit France; Archie, Heidi, Betty and Rocky head north; and UK reunions for Carriça, Diesel and Lexi

Handsome hound Fobius from the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens, Greece, has found a loving new home in Bahrain. Fobius spent a few months in the UK for his travel preparations to be completed, then homeboarded with Animalcouriers the night before his flight. Courier R got up early to drive him to the airport, and he’s now on his way to join his excited new owners.

Courier H drove Dachshunds Georgie and Leo, who hail from the Isle of Wight, to their French summer holiday destination in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, near Nice. They went completely bananas when they caught sight of owner Jay!

Meanwhile Courier D headed to the north of England with old and new faces on board. One of the newcomers is Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Archie. This sweet and friendly chap is on his way from the Portsmouth area to Bewdley in Worcestershire.

The other new faces are seven-month-old Golden Retriever Heidi, and her cat chums Betty and Rocky, collected a few days ago in the Netherlands and now on their way to Lancashire. Heidi stayed briefly with courier M and his Golden Retriever Amber. She settled in really well and showed her playful side, exploring the garden and even persuading Amber to play, too.

The ‘old’ faces are Carriça and Diesel, two cats who crossed the Channel with us on our most recent trip from continental Europe. Both homeboarded with courier J and are now on their way to rejoin their owners.

Last but not least, Tom called in to our Surrey base to collect his beloved Lab Lexi. They’re now off to the Isle of Wight to join Lexi’s equally beloved brother Leo, who’s gone on ahead with friends.

Fobius showing off his very best 'sitting waiting for a biscuit' skills

Fobius showing off his very best ‘sitting waiting for a biscuit’ skills

Big hugs for Georgie and Leo, and lots of kisses for Jay!

Big hugs for Georgie and Leo, and lots of kisses for Jay!

Smiling Cavalier King Charles Archie

Smiling Cavalier King Charles Archie

Adorable Golden Retriever pup Heidi

Adorable Golden Retriever pup Heidi

Full of fun, here she is playing with a ball

Full of fun, here she is playing with a ball

Such a cute button nose!

Such a cute button nose!

Gorgeous Rocky and Betty, Heidi's feline companions

Gorgeous Rocky and Betty, Heidi’s feline companions

Carriça the calm cat‎ with the big miaow resumes her journey from the Portuguese Algarve to the Wirral

Carriça the calm cat‎ with the big miaow resumes her journey from the Portuguese Algarve to the Wirral

Diesel, also from Portugal, is on his way to West Yorkshire. Having started off terribly shy, he turns out to be an exceptionally affectionate cat who loves getting a fuss — even when you're trying to take a photo!

Diesel, also from Portugal, is on his way to West Yorkshire. Having started off terribly shy, he turns out to be an exceptionally affectionate cat who loves getting a fuss — even when you’re trying to take a photo!

Lovely Lexi delighted to be reunited with Tom

Lovely Lexi delighted to be reunited with Tom

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

Crouton the rabbit relocates from South Africa to the UK

When Nicola and her family decided to move from South Africa to Dorset in England, they didn’t realise how difficult (and expensive) it would be to bring their pet rabbit Crouton to the UK along with their dog and cat. It was going to cost over £2,500 and involve complicated paperwork. So they wrote and asked us about alternative ways to send Crouton to the UK via mainland Europe.

A route was organised via Amsterdam with the help of Duncan Harmse at Petwings SA and Linda at VCK Logistics in Amsterdam. But the challenges weren’t yet over. When Crouton was handed to the KLM handlers at Johannesburg airport, her plastic travel box was rejected! (Rabbits have a reputation for chewing their way out of plastic boxes.) So Duncan and Nicola had to make a dash for a wooden box lined with wire mesh, prepare it and have Crouton handed in in time for the flight.

Fortunately they made it, and Crouton landed safely in Amsterdam. Animalcouriers drove to the Netherlands to collect her — she was blissfully unaware of all the fuss that had gone before. Following a pleasantly uneventful journey to the UK, Crouton was driven down to Dorset by Courier Nigel, where Nicola and her family were over the moon to have her back.

Nicola wrote to say:

“Well, you ALL did it……………Crouton arrived safe and sound in Dorset and you honestly would think she had just been in the car around the block — she is so chilled and calm. The courier explained exactly what had happened with Crouton once she entered the UK and how she had spent the night in his conservatory in a rabbit run stretching, relaxing, eating and hopping around, and was apparently the most ‘chilled’ rabbit he has ever dealt with.

Crouton is now getting her first taste of some lush green English grass and is out in the garden in her new run (although sheltering often in her travel crate as to be perfectly honest it’s bloody freezing here)! To think we left a South African winter of 27 degrees and have come to an English summer of 15 degrees (I have barely taken my coat off)!

Anyway, I cannot thank you all enough for all the hard work and effort you each put in to bringing our precious pets back to the UK. Tonight we will celebrate the entire family being back together again with some much needed Champagne!”

Courier Martin collecting Crouton in Amsterdam

Courier Martin collecting Crouton in Amsterdam

Well travelled Crouton with some of her favourite snacks — lettuce leaves and carrots

Well travelled Crouton with some of her favourite snacks — lettuce leaves and carrots

Crouton overjoyed to be reunited with Nicola's daughter Hannah

Crouton overjoyed to be reunited with Nicola’s daughter Hannah

Looks like Crouton has a lovely garden to romp in

Looks like Crouton has a lovely garden to romp in

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!

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

Six cats relocate from North Cyprus, and two German Shepherds head to Scotland

Aslan, Boo, Pepper, Scat, Mia and Kara flew in from North Cyprus to London Heathrow. This family of six cats are now on their way to Durham, in the north of England, with Animalcouriers. They’ll stay at a cattery for a few days until their owners arrive to collect them.

Also on board is Omar, a handsome German Shepherd Dog from South Lanarkshire. Trained as a personal protection dog for his owner and her family. Following a refresher course with K9 Protector near Bath, this beautifully behaved boy is now on his way home to Scotland.

German Shepherd puppy Dolly is also travelling with us to Scotland. This delightful five-month-old is on her way from Surrey to her new home in Fife. She’s finding the whole journey business a bit puzzling, but a romp and a cuddle soon put her mind at rest.

Gorgeous ginger lion Aslan

Gorgeous ginger lion Aslan

Pretty tortie Boo

Pretty tortie Boo

Lovely ginger-and-white Pepper

Lovely ginger-and-white Pepper

Handsome black-and-white Scat

Handsome black-and-white Scat

Snuggly black-and-white Mia

Snuggly black-and-white Mia

Slinky black Kara

Slinky black Kara

Handsome Omar relaxing in the evening sun

Handsome Omar relaxing in the evening sun

Here's Dolly enjoying playtime in courier M's garden and getting used to a lead for the first time. She'll doubtless have courier M trained in no time!

Here’s Dolly enjoying playtime in courier M’s garden and getting used to a lead for the first time. She’ll doubtless have courier M trained in no time!

Close-up on young pup Dolly

Close-up on young pup Dolly