Ginger-and-white Whiskey from Rome joins our journey to the UK

Animalcouriers drove from Athens to the port of Igoumenitsa to catch the ferry to the Italian port of Brindisi.

We then headed to Rome to meet Gennaro and his cat Whiskey. Gennaro has lived all his life around Rome and Naples but now, at 90 years young, is off to live with his son and his partner, Irene, in the UK. Whiskey is going on ahead, and will be waiting to greet Gennaro when he arrives.

Whiskey was all ready for the off when we called in to collect him from Gennaro

Whiskey was all ready for the off when we called in to collect him from Gennaro

A closer look at handsome Whiskey

A closer look at handsome Whiskey

Gennaro came out to our van to oversee Whiskey's settling in

Gennaro came out to our van to oversee Whiskey’s settling in

Gennaro told us he was pleased that Whiskey had a 'nice cage' for his journey

Gennaro told us he was pleased that Whiskey had a ‘nice cage’ for his journey

Boxoh having a bit of a bad hair day on a windy walk

Boxoh having a bit of a bad hair day on a windy walk

Zarly completely understands the problem. Very snug in her little jumper, though. And what a smart collar tag!

Zarly completely understands the problem. Very snug in her little jumper, though. And what a smart collar tag!

Hector is so annoyed about being on this journey that he doesn't want to look at us. But he still goes stoically on his walks.

Hector is so annoyed about being on this journey that he doesn’t want to look at us. But he still goes stoically on his walks.

Hector finally deigns to have a chat with courier M about what life in London will be like…

Hector finally deigns to have a chat with courier M about what life in London will be like…

…And even shows us his best side for a photo

…And even shows us his best side for a photo

Bilia spots Jason and would like to play…

Bilia spots Jason and would like to play…

But Jason has other plans. Did I see boats over there?

But Jason has other plans. Did I see boats over there?

Pretty Pouca manages to leap about very gracefully on her three legs. Eugenia tells us that Pouca was found, aged two months, having been hit by a car and left to die. The girl who found her took her to the vet, who did the surgery to amputate her leg and tail, and nursed her back to health, free of charge. When Eugenia took her dog to the vet, she saw Pouca, heard her story, and immediately offered to adopt her.

Pretty Pouca manages to leap about very gracefully on her three legs. Eugenia tells us that Pouca was found, aged two months, having been hit by a car and left to die. The girl who found her took her to the vet, who did the surgery to amputate her leg and tail, and nursed her back to health, free of charge. When Eugenia took her dog to the vet, she saw Pouca, heard her story, and immediately offered to adopt her.

Beautiful flowers spotted on the Greek mainland as we passed the Ionian islands

Beautiful flowers spotted on the Greek mainland as we passed the Ionian islands

A closer look reveals honey bees, hard at work

A closer look reveals honey bees, hard at work

The hives were just across the other side of the road. We're intrigued by these wonderfully colourful hives which are dotted all over Greece. Perhaps if bees are driven by the colours of flowers, this is some kind of clever colour-coding?

The hives were just across the other side of the road. We’re intrigued by these wonderfully colourful hives which are dotted all over Greece. Perhaps if bees are driven by the colours of flowers, this is some kind of clever colour-coding?

Ladybirds were also out, enjoying the spring sunshine

Ladybirds were also out, enjoying the spring sunshine

We passed this perfectly happy dog on the way to Igoumenitsa, but don't think we'll be adopting this style of transport any time soon!

We passed this perfectly happy dog on the way to Igoumenitsa, but don’t think we’ll be adopting this style of transport any time soon!

Must be a nightmare trying to build anything in Greece. You only have to dig your spade in and up pops another ruin!

Must be a nightmare trying to build anything in Greece. You only have to dig your spade in and up pops another ruin!

News of Jim, who travelled from London to France with us. Faith tells us: "The sun shone at lunchtime and we were able to sit on my sheltered terrace and sunbathe while Jim helped with me with some mending. He's slotted back in to French village life effortlessly..."

News of Jim, who travelled from London to France with us. Faith tells us: “The sun shone at lunchtime and we were able to sit on my sheltered terrace and sunbathe while Jim helped with me with some mending. He’s slotted back in to French village life effortlessly…”

Renaming our van ‘the Argo’ as we leave Athens with Jason, Hector, Ririkos, Bilia, Boxoh, Dusty, Zarly and Pouca on board

Kiki, Martha, Marguerita and other dear friends, we miss you! The Greek government has placed a halt on the movement of rescued pets out of Greece. So six dogs and cats who were due to travel with us to wonderful new homes in the UK now have to wait — or may never even be allowed to travel.

TRACES certificates are a legal and reliable way of recording the movement of rescued and rehomed dogs and cats from one EU member state to another. But sadly for many dogs and cats, Greece has withdrawn TRACES certificates. We (and many others) are hoping it’s just a temporary measure and that the certificates will soon be available again. After all, they are an EU directive and all member states should fall in line, including Greece.

As always, however, we have pets joining our trip who are travelling to rejoin their owners. Yesterday we collected Pouca, whose odyssey took her from Chios via a number of other islands to meet us in Athens.

Hector — all 55kg of him — is named after the Trojan prince and mighty warrior who features in the Iliad. Hector is all those things and handsome too! He’s travelling with Jason, named after the Greek hero who made an epic voyage on his ship, the Argo, to rescue the Golden Fleece. Owner Elias named him Jason because he was originally a street dog and a wanderer. Their feline companion, Ririkos, was a street cat who adopted Elias and his family many years ago.

Frances brought us Boxoh, a Chihuahua, and Bilia, who has a Griffon look. The two dogs belong to Ioannis who’s moving with his wife to Basingstoke, to be with their daughter Lila. The trip has been planned for months, and now at last the day has come for the dogs to travel, so Ioannis can fly out to join his wife and daughter.

Next on board was cat Dusty, who moved with her owner Lisa to Athens about a year ago. Now the time has come for them both to return to the UK.

Last but not least we have Poodle Zarly, who belongs to Stelios and his family. They’ve been keeping an eye on our blog and our trip timetable, waiting for an opportunity to send for little Zarly.

Elias with Hector (L) and Jason (R). Jason looks to be planning his next trip. Left towards the ocean, or right towards the railway?

Elias with Hector (L) and Jason (R). Jason looks to be planning his next trip. Left towards the ocean, or right towards the railway?

A closer look at gentle giant Hector

A closer look at gentle giant Hector

Ririkos, feline friend to Hector and Jason

Ririkos, feline friend to Hector and Jason

Courier M (L) with Bizou, and Frances (R) holding little

Courier M (L) with Bilia, and Frances (R) holding little Boxoh

Bizou is a lovely friendly fellow

Bilia is a lovely friendly hound

Little Bilia was quivering so much her holdall was rattling!

Little Boxoh was quivering so much her holdall was rattling!

But with lots of cuddles, Bilia was finally persuaded to emerge, looking very waggy tailed. Oh, it's not so bad, she seems to be saying — and I have Bizou to look after me.

But with lots of cuddles, Boxoh was finally persuaded to emerge, looking very waggy tailed. Oh, it’s not so bad, she seems to be saying — and I have Bilia to look after me.

Lisa brings us her cat Dusty for the journey

Lisa brings us her cat Dusty for the journey

Wonder what's caught Dusty's attention?

Wonder what’s caught Dusty’s attention?

Nick and Eutuheia bring us Mini Poodle Zarly

Nick and Eutuheia bring us Mini Poodle Zarly

Pretty Zarly is looking forward to being reunited with her family

Pretty Zarly is looking forward to being reunited with her family

From reunions in Stoupa to Athens, to meet Pouca the cat

When Animalcouriers reached Greece by ferry from Italy, our first stop was Stoupa, to reunite cats Mr Pickles and Douglas, and dogs Murphy and Twiglet with Sharon. Overnight accommodation in the area is a bit sparse at this time of year but we were lucky enough to end up in a rather nice little cottage.

With the weather howling and storming outside, we took advantage of the open fire which had been laid ready for us. Along with the firewood was a plastic bag full of amazingly effective firelighters — pieces of cardboard soaked in olive oil. Sacrilege! we hear you cry, using Kalamata extra virgin oil in this way. But the smell suggested the oil had already been used for cooking. So in fact, an excellent approach to recycling and less grease down the drains.

From Stoupa we drove through the hills towards Athens via Kalamata. We stopped for coffee in a small mountain village between Kalamata and Athens to look around a tiny church that caught our eye. A local lady passed us with her flock of ewes and their lambs, bringing traffic to a halt while she chatted with a number of villagers before guiding her flock off the road.

In Athens we headed to the port to meet up with Eugenia’s cat Pouca. This dear little tortie girl was brought to us by boat by a friend of Eugenia’s. Pouca seemed quite unfazed by her journey and simply ready for cuddles and supper!

Our olive-oil firelighters. Courier M says he uses something similar at home — kitchen roll used to wipe out the frying pan. But Mrs M objects somewhat to the smell of fried bacon and onion!

Our olive-oil firelighters. Courier M says he uses something similar at home — kitchen roll used to wipe out the frying pan. But Mrs M objects somewhat to the smell of fried bacon and onion!

We are very aware of the difficult lives led by stray cats around dustbins. As we left Stoupa we spotted a group of 12 or more round this bin. Even though we approached very slowly, most of them scuttled away over the wall, leaving just a handful on guard. Who were rewarded with some cat treats.

We are very aware of the difficult lives led by stray cats around dustbins. As we left Stoupa we spotted a group of 12 or more round this bin. Even though we approached very slowly, most of them scuttled away over the wall, leaving just a handful on guard. Who were rewarded with some cat treats.

Driving through the hills behind Stoupa en route for Kalamata, we passed many beautiful wild flowers. We think these may be orchids.

Driving through the hills behind Stoupa en route for Kalamata, we passed many beautiful wild flowers. We think these may be orchids.

Wonderfully bright poppies

Wonderfully bright poppies

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Daisies are hard to beat for that spring-time feeling

Wish we knew what these striking flowerheads are. Any ideas?

Wish we knew what these striking flowerheads are. Any ideas?

Mimosa (we think)

Mimosa (we think)

Traffic jam in the mountains

Traffic jam in the mountains

We thought this little church was derelict when we first caught sight of it…

We thought this little church was derelict when we first caught sight of it…

…but on pressing our noses to the glass in the door, we saw its marvellous tiny interior

…but on pressing our noses to the glass in the door, we saw its marvellous tiny interior

Ancient-looking paintings inside

Ancient-looking paintings inside

Some paintings were made directly on the stonework

Some paintings were made directly on the stonework

Graffiti at the church's entranceway

Graffiti at the church’s entranceway

Eugenia's friend arrives with Pouca

Eugenia’s friend arrives with Pouca

Pouca peeping out, keen to know what's going on

Pouca peeping out, keen to know what’s going on

Pouca is such a pretty little girl! We discovered she's missing a leg and part of her tail. She's cuddly, purrs loudly, and loves eating!

Pouca is such a pretty little girl! We discovered she’s missing a leg and part of her tail. She’s cuddly, purrs loudly, and loves eating!

Collecting Blair and Putin in Germany for their trip to the UK

At much the same time as couriers J and M reached Greece, courier S found herself in rather exalted company in Berlin.

Blair and Putin have been living in this fine capital city for a couple of months while their passports and travel arrangements were finalised. With promises of a large garden and fresh west country air to look forward to at their new UK home, these two cats are anticipating good times ahead.

They’re proving the perfect travel companions, sharing a hotel room with courier S last night and everyone enjoying snacks in bed. This morning they’ll cross to the UK by Eurotunnel, and spend the night in Surrey before being reunited with their owners tomorrow.

Handsome black-and-white Blair

Handsome black-and-white Blair

Gorgeous Russian Blue Putin

Gorgeous Russian Blue Putin

Like the Swiss, the Germans are also lucky enough to have Easter egg trees!

Like the Swiss, the Germans are also lucky enough to have Easter egg trees!

A colourful sight that brightens up a somewhat grey day

A colourful sight that brightens up a somewhat grey day

Bibi and Odin are reunited in Switzerland, and Ruben, Hugo, Red and Jim arrive in France

After reuniting cats Fleur and Mittens with their owners, Mike and Debbie, in Normandy, we drove into Switzerland to deliver Bibi and Odin to Alan and his family. It was hard to say who was more excited at the reunion — humans or dogs!

Then it was back into France to drop handsome trio Ruben, Hugo and Red at Le Jardin des Chats, a super cattery in the Montpellier area, where they’ll have a short stay until their owner Susan catches up with them. And we left Gentleman Jim with mutual friends, for collection by his owner Faith.

The next day, with Mr Pickles, Douglas, Twiglet and Murphy still on board, we motored on to Italy, staying the night in Florence before heading to the port to catch the overnight ferry to Greece.

Bibi and Odin were so excited at being back with Alan and his wife that they quite forgot all their good manners for a few moments!

Bibi and Odin were so excited at being back with Alan and his wife that they quite forgot all their good manners for a few moments!

But it really didn't take long for all that training to kick back in

But it really didn’t take long for all that training to kick back in

Proof that in Switzerland Easter eggs actually grow on trees

Proof that in Switzerland Easter eggs actually grow on trees

Easter bunnies collect the eggs and deliver them to all the boys and girls (and grown-ups!) who've been good so far this year

Easter bunnies collect the eggs and deliver them to all the boys and girls (and grown-ups!) who’ve been good so far this year

Mr Pickles (top) and Douglas are just about the nosiest pair of cats who've ever travelled with us!

Mr Pickles (top) and Douglas are just about the nosiest pair of cats who’ve ever travelled with us!

Meet our passengers from the UK: Odin, Bibi, Murphy, Twiglet, Mr Pickles, Douglas, Jim, Hugo, Ruben, Red, Fleur and Mittens

Animalcouriers set off from the UK with a fine group of feline and canine passengers on board.

Odin and Bibi are travelling with us to Switzerland, to join Alan and his family. Although they’ll primarily be the family’s pets, they’ve also been trained by Len from K9 Protector to protect and look after all the family members. Len says he’s really enjoyed training these two — we must say, they are a very soft and friendly pair of dogs.

Family of four Mr Pickles, Douglas, Murphy and Twiglet are relocating with Sharon to Greece. Their journey started in Devon, and their new home is in the hills just south of Stoupa, with wonderful sea views to enjoy.

Tuxedo cat Jim joined us for one of his regular trips from London to the south of France. Now 15 years old, he sadly recently lost his twin brother Jules, and is travelling alone for the first time. We’re pleased to say he’s very relaxed and taking everything in his stride.

Three more familiar faces are also on board: Hugo, Ruben and Red. This trio of cats travelled with us from the Languedoc to York last year. But their owner, Susan, missed the warmth of the south of France, so the family are now on their way back, and will be managing a campsite at Saint Mandrier sur Mer.

Mum and daughter Fleur and Mittens are on their way to Normandy, to be reunited with Mike and Debbie. The two cats homeboarded with us while Mike and Debbie went on ahead to get everything ready for their arrival.

Trainer Len admitted to an especially soft spot for Bibi and said he'll really miss her

Trainer Len admitted to an especially soft spot for Bibi and said he’ll really miss her

Handsome Odin is a little younger than Bibi. Len says that he very much followed Bibi's lead during training.

Handsome Odin is a little younger than Bibi. Len says that he very much followed Bibi’s lead during training.

Twiglet (L) and Murphy (R) soon get settled in

Twiglet (L) and Murphy (R) soon get settled in

Mr Pickles has a head for heights — here he is sitting on top of the box in the compartment he's sharing with Douglas

Mr Pickles has a head for heights — here he is sitting on top of the box in the compartment he’s sharing with Douglas

Dear Douglas has no tail and not many teeth — so obviously his favourite activities are jumping around and eating!

Dear Douglas has no tail and not many teeth — so obviously his favourite activities are jumping around and eating!

Douglas gets a tickle…

Douglas gets a tickle…

…and Mr Pickles wants in on the action, too!

…and Mr Pickles wants in on the action, too!

Gentleman Jim (who bears more than a passing resemblance to Mr Pickles) in pensive mood

Gentleman Jim (who bears more than a passing resemblance to Mr Pickles) in pensive mood

Creamy ginger brothers Ruben (L) and Hugo (R)

Creamy ginger brothers Ruben (L) and Hugo (R)

Tired of posing, Ruben and Hugo gently nod off

Tired of posing, Ruben and Hugo gently nod off

Fluffy Red is a more nervous character than either of his brothers, but is starting to relax

Fluffy Red is a more nervous character than either of his brothers, but is starting to relax

Fleur, perhaps showing how she got her name?

Fleur, perhaps showing how she got her name?

Mittens on arrival at their new home in Normandy, taking a close look at the front door

Mittens on arrival at their new home in Normandy, taking a close look at the front door

Now it's Fleur's turn to examine the front door. You can see both cats thinking: we came in this door, so logically… Both did a lot of scurrying and sniffing — a cat's flight instinct drives it to try and run away, perhaps back to where it came from? But as is the case with many of our cat passengers, within an hour or so, they were well settled in thanks to familiar smells and the sound of their owners' voices. Debbie and Mike will keep them in for about three weeks to give them a chance to adapt properly to their new environment.

Now it’s Fleur’s turn to examine the front door. You can see both cats thinking: we came in this door, so logically… Both did a lot of scurrying and sniffing — a cat’s flight instinct drives it to try and run away, perhaps back to where it came from? But as is the case with many of our cat passengers, within an hour or so, they were well settled in thanks to familiar smells and the sound of their owners’ voices. Debbie and Mike will keep them in for about three weeks to give them a chance to adapt properly to their new environment.

Safe homecomings in the UK for Bob, Ben, Missy and Mabel; and Pica and Trebol

Dave and Christine’s family of four, dogs Bob and Ben, and cats Missy and Mabel, recently travelled with us from Nerja in Spain to Lincolnshire in the UK. Christine wrote to let us know all four arrived in good spirits:

“Our gang are settling in at the new home. They all look in good health and I just wish they could tell me of their adventures en route to get here.

Bob and Ben can’t believe they have a nice big garden of their own and have been going in and out all afternoon. They have also been for a walk across a nearby field. Now worn out and sound asleep either side of me on the sofa.

Missy and Mabel wanted lots of fuss and reassurance. After exploring the house and finding their litter tray and food and water bowls, they settled down for a snooze.

I can’t thank you enough for looking after our precious pets on their long journey.”

And Pica and Trebol, who travelled with us from Madrid, were happily reunited with their owner Gonzalo.

Missy enjoying the view from the window

Missy enjoying the view from the window

Ben checking out a flower pot

Ben checking out a flower pot

Bob sniffing around a border in the garden

Bob sniffing around a border in the garden

Trebol eyeing up some snuggly looking fleeces

Trebol eyeing up some snuggly looking fleeces

Pica quickly chilled out in their new home

Pica quickly chilled out in their new home

Meet Pica, Trebol, Coquito, Arya, Misha and Pula from Spain, and Biscuit from France

In Madrid Animalccouriers collected cats Pica and Trebol. Their very organised grandpapa had them ready in their boxes, bag packed and waiting in the security office by the entrance gate to his home. The cats are off to join their owner Gonzalo in the UK.

Just 10 minutes further away we met Coquito, a very sweet mixed breed dog. He’s off to join his owner Laura in the UK. Grandmama is obviously worried about the colder British climate, so saw him off in his winter outfit.

We spent the night in the Alhama de Aragon region, where the town is dominated by a monastery and thermal springs. People were bathing late into the night in the warm spring water. Our hotel was very busy — it was the Saturday night of a bank holiday weekend — so we were lucky to get in. ‎ When they saw the size of our van the kind staff opened the back entrance so we could park at the back of the garden. We were securely locked in and had a river bed to walk our doggy passengers in.

Yesterday we headed to El Vendrell to meet Nuria and her cats. Arya and Misha. They are relocating to London, where Nuria’s husband has already arrived and has the new home ready. Nuria leaves on Wednesday.

In Barcelona we met Alex, a colleague from Traveldog, to collect Pula who is off to live in Tewksbury. This gorgeous girl was quick to show us her entry for the ‘longest tongue’ competition!

We spent the night in Narbonne, where pretty tabby cat Biscuit from the Nice area was waiting for us. This little rescue cat belongs to Kate, who’s returning to the UK to work — and naturally Biscuit is going too.

Pica and Trebol with their grandpapa

Pica and Trebol with their grandpapa

A closer look at lovely black-and-white Pica…

A closer look at lovely black-and-white Pica…

…and beautiful tabby Trebol

…and beautiful tabby Trebol

Little Coquito, all kitted out for the British climate

Little Coquito, all kitted out for the British climate

A view of Alhama de Aragon many years ago — the river is now a river bed, and is where we walked the dogs

A view of Alhama de Aragon many years ago — the river is now a river bed, and is where we walked the dogs

Nuria saying goodbye to her cats Arya and Misha

Nuria saying goodbye to her cats Arya and Misha

Gorgeous wide-eyed Arya

Gorgeous wide-eyed Arya

Pretty tabby-and-white Misha

Pretty tabby-and-white Misha

Alex from Traveldog with Pula

Alex from Traveldog with Pula

A statue of a castell — a human tower. Teams compete to build them at festivals in Catalonia. The small person at the top holds up four fingers of one hand to symbolise the Catalan flag. In 2010 UNESCO declared castells to be among the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity‎.

A statue of a castell — a human tower. Teams compete to build them at festivals in Catalonia. The small person at the top holds up four fingers of one hand to symbolise the Catalan flag. In 2010 UNESCO declared castells to be among the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity‎.

Pula looking a bit fed up at first — but she soon settled in to the journey

Pula looking a bit fed up at first — but she soon settled in to the journey

Pretty little Biscuit looks good enough to eat!

Pretty little Biscuit looks good enough to eat!

Coquito's smart jumper is hand made. Love the skull and crossbones motif!

Coquito’s smart jumper is hand made. Love the skull and crossbones motif!

Mia Bluebell takes it easy in her cosy bed

Mia Bluebell takes it easy in her cosy bed

Pica exploring while Trebol takes it easy

Pica exploring while Trebol takes it easy

Alana is ready for anything

Alana is ready for anything

Ben enjoys his morning walk

Ben enjoys his morning walk

Bob loves feeling the spring sunshine on his nose

Bob loves feeling the spring sunshine on his nose

Alfie sits like a good boy

Alfie sits like a good boy

Pula shows us her wonderful ears

Pula shows us her wonderful ears

Bobby and Chaudi make for the same interesting sniff

Bobby and Chaudi make for the same interesting sniff

Bobby shows us his fine profile

Bobby shows us his fine profile

Boarding the bus in Spain: Bobby, Chaudi, Alana, Bob, Ben, Mabel and Missy; and we celebrate a birthday with Oscar

We crossed the border from Portugal to Spain where our first stop was Manilva to collect a lovely pair of dogs, Bobby and Chaudi. These two firm friends belong to Bob and Caroline, who’ve moved to Carmarthen in Wales, and now the dogs are off to join them.

At a shelter in Granada we collected pretty Alana, a young blind cat who’s lucky enough to be joining Ann and Trevor’s amazing household  in Ireland.

We met Dave in Nerja, whose wife Christine has already travelled back to England. Dave has been holding the fort, and looking after the family’s two cats and two dogs until we could collect them. Also in Nerja we were fortunate to catch up with Chocolate Lab Oscar, who travelled with us as a pup four years ago from his breeder in France. Oscar invited us to stay the night, and enjoyed watching all the comings and goings around our van, offering words of advice whenever he felt they were needed.

Bobby and Chaudi get a proper send-off from Louise, who's been taking care of them

Bobby and Chaudi get a proper send-off from Louise, who’s been taking care of them

Alana was quick to chill out and make herself at home

Alana was quick to chill out and make herself at home

ave with Bob (front) and Ben (behind)

Dave with Bob (front) and Ben (behind)

Fearless Missy is quick to settle in

Fearless Missy is quick to settle in

Mabel is a little shyer

Mabel is a little shyer

Making sure everyone's safely on board

Making sure everyone’s safely on board

This is the view Dave and Christine are leaving behind

This is the view Dave and Christine are leaving behind

Pretty puss Mia Bluebell has snuggled into the journey

Pretty puss Mia Bluebell has snuggled into the journey

Gorgeous Fluffy, looking very supreme and expecting a fuss

Gorgeous Fluffy, looking very supreme and expecting a fuss

Poinsettias make a striking border plant

Poinsettias make a striking border plant

Oscar with John and Margaret

Oscar with John and Margaret

Oscar loves being out in the fresh air

Oscar loves being out in the fresh air

Courier J celebrates her birthday with a chocolate surprise, courtesy of Oscar the Chocolate Labrador

Courier J celebrates her birthday with a chocolate surprise, courtesy of Oscar the Chocolate Labrador

And many apologies for the poor delivery of this blog post ;-)

Portuguese reunions for Faith, Borat, Ruas and Yuna; and Fluffy, Alfie and Mia Bluebell join our trip

The first stop for Animalcouriers on reaching Portugal was to collect Fluffy the cat, who’s leaving Porto to join her owner Bruna in London. Fluffy has been in the tender care of her owner’s mama since Bruna left. Having already said goodbye to her youngest child and only daughter, mama was naturally very sad to be saying goodbye to Fluffy, too.

Then it was on to Aveiro to meet Sara at the Policlinica Veterinaria da Aveiro. Sara’s been looking after Alfie, who came to the clinic as a stray puppy. Luisa in England has been following his progress and decided to adopt him. Alfie’s been waiting a while to travel, as the clinic had to go through the lengthy process of organising a TRACES certificate for Alfie, Now, with everything in order, this handsome fellow is on his way to a very excited Luisa.

We then motored on to Entroncamento to collect pretty little Mia Bluebell. She’s off to join her owner Vera, who’s moved to London for work. Vera’s mum and grandmama were on hand to give Mia Bluebell a proper send-off.

At Lisbon airport we found a very excited Jorge, who was delighted to be reunited with his lovely dog Faith. And finally, mini Dachshund Borat, along with cats Ruas and Yuna, were reunited with Ines and Lina.

Bruna's brother Vitor was on hand to oversee Fluffy's departure

Bruna’s brother Vitor was on hand to oversee Fluffy’s departure

Fluffy was somewhat fed up at being roused from her afternoon nap!

Fluffy was somewhat fed up at being roused from her afternoon nap!

Very sad mama waving goodbye to Fluffy, who's so beautiful we can see why she'll be missed

Very sad mama waving goodbye to Fluffy, who’s so beautiful we can see why she’ll be missed

Alfie with Sara, who's been looking after him

Alfie with Sara, who’s been looking after him

Mia Bluebell with Vera's mum and grandma

Mia Bluebell with Vera’s mum and grandma

A very lively reunion for Jorge and Faith

A very lively reunion for Jorge and Faith

Smiles all round for Borat and Lina. Sorry Borat, you won't win the longest tongue competition with that effort!

Smiles all round for Borat and Lina. Sorry Borat, you won’t win the longest tongue competition with that effort!

Ruas and Yuna with Ines and Lina

Ruas and Yuna with Ines and Lina