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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mike boarding the seacat with his precious feline cargo

Mike boarding the seacat with his precious feline cargo

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

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

Stu and Siobhan with their cats safely delivered

Stu and Siobhan with their cats safely delivered

Daisy saying goodbye to courier Mike, with Jasper behind

Daisy saying goodbye to courier Mike, with Jasper behind

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

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

…and Jasper practising monorail snoozing

…and Jasper practising monorail snoozing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Handsome and confident, Scotty soon settles in for the ride

Handsome and confident, Scotty soon settles in for the ride

Monte with his tissue box handy!

Monte with his tissue box handy!

Bull Terrier Atlas with his uncle and grandma

Bull Terrier Atlas with his uncle and grandma

A closer look at handsome Atlas

A closer look at handsome Atlas

Baloo with her doting grandparents

Baloo with her doting grandparents

What a pretty girl she is!

What a pretty girl she is!

Spyros with beautiful Vali (short for Valentine)

Spyros with beautiful Vali (short for Valentine)

Olaf with Vali

Olaf with Vali

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Labradoodle Arya showing off her fuzzy 'do

Labradoodle Arya showing off her fuzzy ‘do

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

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

All sorted, and beautiful little tabby cat Cleo settles in

All sorted, and beautiful little tabby cat Cleo settles in 

Border Terrier Timmy takes a stroll in the sun

Border Terrier Timmy takes a stroll in the sun

 

Best mate Biscuit makes sure all visitors are carefully monitored

Best mate Biscuit makes sure all visitors are carefully monitored

Biscuit makes himself at home…

Biscuit makes himself at home…

…as does Timmy

…as does Timmy

Ragdoll cat Moomin permits us to admire her very floofy tail

Ragdoll cat Moomin permits us to admire her very floofy tail

Her feline friend Giacomo is a very handsome Maine Coon

Her feline friend Giacomo is a very handsome Maine Coon

and here they are showing togetherness

and here they are showing togetherness

Cute and cuddly guinea pig Lulu

Cute and cuddly guinea pig Lulu

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

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

A close up of Jasper

A close up of Jasper

Lovely little Yorkie Milly catching a few rays

Lovely little Yorkie Milly catching a few rays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The delightful wine domaine at Auxerre

The delightful wine domaine at Auxerre

Even the drainpipes were in keeping with the general theme!

Even the drainpipes were in keeping with the general theme!

Ziollo and Meiow Meiow back with Sue

Ziollo and Meiow Meiow back with Sue

Odie meets Kate in Sussex

Odie meets Kate in Sussex

Richard and Fiona delighted to collect Baboushka

Richard and Fiona delighted to collect Baboushka

Baboushka gave them such an enthusiastic greeting

Baboushka gave them such an enthusiastic greeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

Freddi and Moma on their way to the beach

Freddi and Moma on their way to the beach

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

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

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

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

Freddi would like to be picked up please!

Freddi would like to be picked up please!

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

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

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

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

Rafa spotted it too, and was equally fascinated

Rafa spotted it too, and was equally fascinated

Cute rabbit Elspeth got on board in Barcelona

Cute rabbit Elspeth got on board in Barcelona

Odie enjoying a walk in the evening sunshine in France

Odie enjoying a walk in the evening sunshine in France

Lovely Jack joined our trip in the south of France

Lovely Jack joined our trip in the south of France

Jack and Odie say hello

Jack and Odie say hello

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

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

Inscrutable Q, very self contained

Inscrutable Q, very self contained

Mieow Mieow shows his handsome face at last!

Mieow Mieow shows his handsome face at last!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

…and wild flowers in all directions…

…and wild flowers in all directions…

…and all colours

…and all colours

Wild grasses blooming in the Spanish sun

Wild grasses blooming in the Spanish sun

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

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

Fun-loving Freddi gets settled in to his compartment

Fun-loving Freddi gets settled in to his compartment

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

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

Gary says goodbye to Holly and Baldrick

Gary says goodbye to Holly and Baldrick

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

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

Gorgeous Whippet Moma

Gorgeous Whippet Moma

Clever Q cooking up the next gadget for agent 007

Clever Q cooking up the next gadget for agent 007

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary with her handsome hound Rafa

Rosemary with her handsome hound Rafa

Rafa all ready for the off

Rafa all ready for the off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark with Meiow Meiow and Ziollo

Mark with Meiow Meiow and Ziollo

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

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

Kirstie says goodbye to Meiow Meiow

Kirstie says goodbye to Meiow Meiow

Ziollo is a real smiler

 

Margot with Q outside their apartment block

Margot with Q outside their apartment block

The name's Q…

The name’s Q…

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

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

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

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

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

A French reunion for Scrumpy, Sirius and Throttle

This feline trio reached their new South of France home yesterday, where they were warmly greeted by their owners, John and Janet.

A special room has been set up for the cats to start their acclimatisation to their new environment. Next, they’ll have the run of the house, and finally, once they’re fully settled in, the great outdoors will be theirs to explore.

And what a lovely outdoors it is. The family has moved to a beautiful valley near Marseille where John and Janet plan to turn a lifelong hobby into a business — running gites alongside an astronomy centre. They chose this spot as the skies tend to be very clear, while the valley sides block out light pollution from nearby towns.

Animalcouriers are now on our way to Spain, where our first stop will be to reunite Baby with her owner in Barcelona, before heading to Madrid to deliver Byron and Pluto, and then continuing further south.

Big hugs on arrival for Sirius

Big hugs on arrival for Sirius

Scrumpy getting to know her new environment

Scrumpy getting to know her new environment

Looks like Throttle can hardly wait to start exploring outside

Looks like Throttle can hardly wait to start exploring outside

Sweet Baby, who'll reach her Barcelona home today

Sweet Baby, who’ll reach her Barcelona home today

Lovely Poppy is really coming out of her shell

Lovely Poppy is really coming out of her shell

Mr Bojangles loves a chat and a fuss…

Mr Bojangles loves a chat and a fuss…

…as does Byron — a very insistent paw!

…as does Byron — a very insistent paw!

PJ and Belle enjoying a walk by the vineyard

PJ and Belle enjoying a walk by the vineyard

Pluto shows off his magnificent ears

Pluto shows off his magnificent ears

Arfa gets to grips with an especially chewy blade of grass…

Arfa gets to grips with an especially chewy blade of grass…

…and tries out for 'longest tongue' — you need to try a bit harder, Arfa!

…and tries out for ‘longest tongue’ — you need to try a bit harder, Arfa!

Heading to France and Spain with Pluto, Scrumpy, Sirius, Throttle, Mr Bojangles, Byron, Baby, Poppy, Billie, Belle, PJ and Arfa

Animalcouriers set off from the UK with pets on board who are heading to France and Spain. In addition to Belle and PJ, collected in Scotland a couple of days ago, we were joined by a fabulous cast of characters.

Basset Hound Pluto from London is on his way to Madrid to rejoin his family who’ve moved back to Spain. He’s a very determined chap, and very strong. You don’t so much take him for a walk as simply try to steer him in the general direction you want him to go!

Marvellously monikered feline trio Scrumpy, Sirius and Throttle are relocating with their owners from Surrey to the south of France. They’ve been boarding at a cattery owned by Caroline, a niece of the cats’ owners. She was rather sad to see them go as she’s known all of them since they were kittens.

Smart tuxedo cat Mr Bojangles was brought to us from Northern Ireland by his owner. We’re taking him the rest of the way to the Malaga area of Spain, where he and his family are relocating.

Handsome grey cat Byron hails from London and making the journey to the Spanish capital, Madrid. Quite a vocal fellow, he’s also a very friendly puss.

Cute ginger tabby cat Baby got on board in London and is heading to Barcelona in northern Spain; while long-haired stunner Poppy is travelling with us all the way to Gibraltar.

Little Jack Russell Billie was brought to us from the Isle of Wight by Lee. Lee’s been looking after Billie on behalf of his parents, while they relocated to central France. Now Billie’s off to join them.

And finally, we were pleased to see Arfa again — this much loved Staffie is one of our ‘frequent flyers’. He’s off to spend some quality time with his grandparents in Spain.

Pluto deciding to sit down for a bit

Pluto deciding to sit down for a bit

Scrumpy gets a goodbye hug from Caroline

Scrumpy gets a goodbye hug from Caroline

Throttle gets comfy for the journey

Throttle gets comfy for the journey

Sirius is keener to know what's going on all around

Sirius is keener to know what’s going on all around

Mr Bojangles, who's heading to Malaga

Mr Bojangles, who’s heading to Malaga

Chatty Byron — you could get lost in those green eyes!

Chatty Byron — you could get lost in those green eyes!

The very charming Barcelona-bound Baby

The very charming Barcelona-bound Baby

Beautiful long-haired Poppy

Beautiful long-haired Poppy

Jack Russell Billie gets a reassuring cuddle from Lee

Jack Russell Billie gets a reassuring cuddle from Lee

Splendid Arfa, who needs no introduction!

Splendid Arfa, who needs no introduction!

Belle, seen here, and all the other dogs, got a walk in the evening sun in Portsmouth before we boarded the ferry

Belle, seen here, and all the other dogs, got a walk in the evening sun in Portsmouth before we boarded the ferry

PJ tries out for the 'longest tongue' competition

PJ tries out for the ‘longest tongue’ competition

Our first reunion on this trip — Billie back in the arms of her very happy owners

Our first reunion on this trip — Billie back in the arms of her very happy owners

Rescue dogs and cats: why they can’t currently leave Greece

The EU uses an electronic system called TRACES to legally and reliably track the movement of pets being rehomed from one EU country to another.

At the moment, however, the Greek government won’t issue TRACES certificates.

This means that Animalcouriers can’t currently transport cats and dogs from rescue centres in Greece on behalf of adopters in the UK or any other EU country. (We can, however, transport pets who are relocating with their existing owners from Greece and have valid pet passports.)

For the time being, if you want to adopt a rescue animal from Greece, you have to go to Greece yourself and accompany your adopted pet out of the country. (That’s what Hans and Erica, the Dutch couple who adopted Greek rescue dog Danai, did.)

We (and many others) hope that this 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.

Danai with Erica in the Netherlands

Danai with Erica in the Netherlands

Collections in Scotland: PJ and Belle heading to Spain; and Teko and Lola relocating to Surrey and South Wales

Animalcouriers delivered the six cats from Cyprus — Aslan, Boo, Pepper, Scat, Mia and Kara — to their temporary cattery in the Durham area, then continued north into Scotland. We reunited personal protection dog Omar with his family in South Lanarkshire, and delivered young Dolly to her ecstatic new owners at their picturesque home in Fife.

The first passengers to join us on the journey back down south were PJ and Belle. These two lovely characters will be travelling all the way to Spain with us to join their owners, Lesley and David, on the Mijas Costa. PJ and Belle met us in the delightful village of Echt, near Aberdeen, where Lesley and David used to run the shop and post office before leaving for Spain. The dogs were escorted by their granny Anne and family friend Linda. Both ladies fancied hitching a lift towards the warmer climes themselves, but unfortunately we’ll be a bit full on our continental trip!

Before leaving Scotland we also called in to Livingstone at the request of Corgi Rescue to collect Teko and Lola. Unfortunately a change in personal circumstances means their owner can no longer take care of them, so asked Corgi Rescue to help find suitable new Corgi-friendly homes for them. Teko is heading to Surrey and Lola’s new home is in South Wales.

Dolly received a super-warm welcome and quickly started to settle in

Dolly received a super-warm welcome and quickly started to settle in

Dolly meeting resident cat Lucky

Dolly meeting resident cat Lucky

PJ with Anne (L), Belle with Linda (R)

 

A closer look at Belle in a lovely ray of Scottish sunshine

A closer look at Belle in a lovely ray of Scottish sunshine

PJ shows us his cute button nose

PJ shows us his cute button nose

Teko (L) and tricolour Lola (R)

Teko (L) and tricolour Lola (R)

Wide sunny skies as we cross the Firth of Forth — the unseasonably warm weather is giving Belle and PJ a chance to acclimatise, ready for Spain!

Wide sunny skies as we cross the Firth of Forth — the unseasonably warm weather is giving Belle and PJ a chance to acclimatise, ready for Spain!

No, not Dutch tulips — Scottish daffodils!

No, not Dutch tulips — Scottish daffodils!