News of recent passengers, and Christmas comes early for Mal

Ian, Jackie and Mal have all been in touch recently with updates about their dogs and cats who travelled with Animalcouriers on recent road trips.

But first, here’s a reunion between tortoise Max, who travelled with us from Zurich, and homeboarded with us until Jim and his son James could call in and collect him.

Little Max has a beautiful shell

Little Max has a beautiful shell

A cuddle for Max, to show how much they missed him

A cuddle for Max, to show how much they missed him

Dexter was a holiday romance, adopted by Ian and Pat on the Greek island of Lesvos. Rebecca from Lesvos Stray Dog and Cat Adoptions took care of Dexter until he could travel to the UK.

Life continues to be a hard struggle for Dexter — not! says Ian. Dexter is now part of a three-dog household, living with Nell and Honor.

Life continues to be a hard struggle for Dexter — not! says Ian. Dexter is now part of a three-dog household, living with Nell and Honor.

Dogs Tina and Fizzy, and cats Panda and Chiki, travelled with us from Gandesa in Spain to join Jackie at the new family home in Cumbria. Jackie wrote to say:

“I would like to thank you and your great team for the safe arrival of my family. The gang are settling in beautifully. Tina has claimed the chair, Panda and Chiki the settee, with a limited amount of space for Fizzy at one end and me at the other. Tina and Fizzy also soon established their claim to the bed.”

Tina on the chair

Tina on the chair

Chiki and Panda on the settee

Chiki and Panda on the settee

…leaving just enough room for Fizzy at the end

…leaving just enough room for Fizzy at the end

Tina and Fizzy on the bed

Tina and Fizzy on the bed

And finally, good news from Mal, whose 22 cats and two birds relocated with Animalcouriers from the Lot-et-Garonne in France to Lincolnshire. When we delivered Mal’s pets in early November, the cattery was just being finished off. Unfortunately, a small part of the roof wasn’t completely secure, and Brandy managed to squeeze his way out and made a run for it.

Mal went looking for Brandy in the fields every day, and set a trap in the woods as someone told her they’d seen him there. Finally, a few night ago, Mal heard a loud meow in her garden, and went outside to look. Mal picks up the story:

“I went outside and kept hearing the meowing sound, went around the garden for half an hour, calling Brandy, but thought 100 to 1 against it would actually be him. Then I got a look and it was Brandy! It took another 15 minutes to get near him and grab him. He struggled, but I held on for dear life as I wasn’t losing him again. He was thin and tired but when I put him in the outside run, he still tried to climb up the wire. I got him down, wrapped him in a blanked, then gave him a little food. The next day I wormed him and treated him for fleas before putting him back in with Soda. I’m so happy to have him back. It’s been seven weeks and I feel so much better now he is back.”

Brandy safely home — and here are a few of his 21 feline chums…

Brandy safely home — and here are a few of his 21 feline chums…

All stretched out

All stretched out

Black-and-white babies

Black-and-white babies

Plenty of climbing opportunities

Plenty of climbing opportunities

And that just leaves us to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and all the very best for 2016 — thank you for keeping us such great company on the road!

We’re planning a bit of fun in the new year so please be sure to keep an eye out for our next post…

Babi, Jon Jon, Allen, Floyd and Rubia get on board in Portugal and Spain; and Mia is reunited

Animalcouriers stayed the night in Alcacer do Sal in Portugal, where we were lucky enough to get a bargain rate at the local pousada. Portuguese pousadas are similar to Spain’s paradors and, like the paradors, many are ancient buildings which have been sympathetically restored.

Our accommodation in Alcacer do Sal — a 15th century former monastery

Our accommodation in Alcacer do Sal — a 15th century former monastery

Two characters wondering if there was room in our van!

Two characters wondering if there was room in our van!

A very seasonal image on the side of the chapel

A very seasonal image on the side of the chapel

Santa on his rounds

Santa on his rounds

We collected lovely black cat Babi from Ana’s mum, who’s been looking after Babi since Ana relocated to the UK. Now that Ana has found a home and settled in, it’s time for Babi to join her.

Ana's sweet black cat Babi

Ana’s sweet black cat Babi

In the Algarve we met up with Sam, his neighbour Charlie, and Sam’s bearded dragon Jon Jon. Sam and Jon Jon are heading home to Essex for Christmas, and will then travel back to Portugal in March, in time for the start of the surfing season.

Sam (L) and his neighbour Charlie

Sam (L) and his neighbour Charlie

Handsome Jon Jon is very low maintenance — his favourite foods are worms and rocket

Handsome Jon Jon is very low maintenance — his favourite foods are worms and rocket

We stopped for elevenses and couldn't resist a traditional Portuguese custard tart

We stopped for elevenses and couldn’t resist a traditional Portuguese custard tart

Next stop was to reunite gorgeous cat Mia with Angela and her husband in the Cadiz area.

Mia started meowing with pleasure as soon as she heard familiar voices

Mia started meowing with pleasure as soon as she heard familiar voices

Such a happy reunion

Such a happy reunion

We have double luck on this trip as we now have two black cats on board! In Malaga we met up with Allen who’s travelling with us to Brentwood.

Slinky Allen, getting nicely settled in

Slinky Allen, getting nicely settled in

Gorgeous hound Rubia is travelling to the UK with feline chum Floyd, who is devoted to Rubia.

Floyd would like to have shared a bedroom with Rubia

Floyd would like to have shared a bedroom with Rubia

Rubia enjoying an early walk in the morning sunshine

Rubia enjoying an early walk in the morning sunshine

Even Jon Jon got to enjoy the sun — we left the van door open while dog walking, so that he could feel the warmth on his face

Even Jon Jon got to enjoy the sun — we left the van door open while dog walking, so that he could feel the warmth on his face

We couldn't drive past Nerja without popping in to see Oscar (and John and Margaret). Oscar was so excited, bouncing and running around. We were glad to see him in such good form, as he's just got over a nasty time with a tumour in his paw.

We couldn’t drive past Nerja without popping in to see Oscar (and John and Margaret). Oscar was so excited, bouncing and running around. We were glad to see him in such good form, as he’s just got over a nasty time with a tumour in his paw.

We met New Zealanders Mike and Joy with their lovely young dog Lolita in La Herradura. With family and grandchildren beckoning, they’re heading back to their homeland. Lolita is going to board at partner kennels near us until early February, so that we  can oversee the preliminary tests and treatments required for dogs to enter New Zealand. Mike and Joy are taking advantage of a dog-free time to visit places in Europe they want to see, before they fly off.

Joy, Lolita and Mike on a wonderfully sunny beach near their Spanish home

Joy, Lolita and Mike on a wonderfully sunny beach near their Spanish home

Rubia also enjoyed that sunny beach

Rubia also enjoyed that sunny beach

Reunions in Spain for Cloud, Dory and Kurco, and we enjoy a night on the Camino de Santiago

Animalcouriers spent the night just outside the southern French town of Narbonne, where the dogs enjoyed countryside walks.

Cloud enjoying a morning walk in Narbonne

Cloud enjoying a morning walk in Narbonne

Dory also enjoyed a morning walk alongside a vineyard

Dory also enjoyed a morning walk alongside a vineyard

Misty gets a cuddle from courier M

Misty gets a cuddle from courier M

Here's Kurco with an exceptionally waggy tail!

Here’s Kurco with an exceptionally waggy tail!

After walks and breakfast, we set off for the north-western Spanish city of Santander, to reunite little Westie Cloud with Jose.

A very happy Cloud, with an equally happy Jose

A very happy Cloud, with an equally happy Jose

We then headed to Vigo, where Patrick and Saehee very kindly met us at the airport, which made delivering Dory a much quicker and easier experience for us. Patrick is very interested in this part of Spain and is here to write thrillers. We’re sure he’ll have plenty of stimulating moments as he explores the area.

Saehee and Patrick delighted to have Dory back with them

Saehee and Patrick delighted to have Dory back with them

Special neck nuzzles for Saehee

Special neck nuzzles for Saehee

We spent the night at Allariz in Galicia, where we enjoyed a magnificent view and found ourselves close to the end of the Camino de Santiago — the pilgrimage route from France to the shrine of St James the Great, in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

A castle poking its head out of the mist

A castle poking its head out of the mist

In the distance, the Vilanova bridge, which has carried pilgrims since it was built in the 12th century. We walked a little way along it and discovered a way stone, piles of other stones with icons etched into them, a magnificent flagged pathway and the parish church. No doubt a welcome resting place for tired feet, as pilgrims will have walked 128,930 kms by this point!

In the distance, the Vilanova bridge, which has carried pilgrims since it was built in the 12th century. We walked a little way along it and discovered a way stone, piles of other stones with icons etched into them, a magnificent flagged pathway and the parish church. No doubt a welcome resting place for tired feet, as pilgrims will have walked 128,930 kms by this point!

The Vilanova bridge crosses the Arnoia river, and the parish church is just behind

The Vilanova bridge crosses the Arnoia river, and the parish church is just behind

You can just make out the steps up to the top of the bell tower of the church for whoever has to ring the bell

You can just make out the steps up to the top of the bell tower of the church for whoever has to ring the bell

The pilgrim trail heading down to the river

The pilgrim trail heading down to the river

An elevated food store, designed to protect the contents from rodents feasting on winter supplies

An elevated food store, designed to protect the contents from rodents feasting on winter supplies

All in all, a perfect spot for dog walking — here's courier M with Kurco

All in all, a perfect spot for dog walking — here’s courier M with Kurco

A reminder about clearing up after your dog

A reminder about clearing up after your dog

Today we continued on to Plasencia in Extremadura, a province in western Spain, to deliver Kurco to his grandma. Now it’s full steam ahead to Almada in Portugal.

Kurco and his abuela were over the moon at seeing each other

Kurco and his abuela were over the moon at seeing each other

UK reunions for Honey from Italy; and Buddy and Lucy from Greece

Before we set off on our next trip to southern Europe, we thought we’d share some happy UK reunion stories.

Honey travelled with Animalcouriers from Italy, where she lived with Julia, to her new home in Nottingham with Julia’s friends Pauline and Steve, and their dog Rollo. Pauline wrote to tell us how it’s going:

“Honey has settled in well with Rollo, who has accepted her with good grace (I think Honey might just be very slightly ‘top dog’). She and Rollo walk well together, and have met up with some of our other doggy friends! They haven’t fallen out and Honey loves the bone box, taking 6 bones to her bed yesterday. Rollo doesn’t bother with bones normally, but they are having a great game pinching bones from each other! We think she is a Staffie/Terrier cross, whereas Rollo is a Staffie/Lab cross — both being the same colour. Honey actually reminds me of Rollo when he was a pup!

We just wanted to thank you all at Animalcouriers for the great job you did in transporting her to England. I spoke to Julia in Italy yesterday and she is delighted Honey has settled in well and so soon — the best move for us all. I shall certainly recommend you to anyone who in the future might need your services, and will continue to watch your blogs with interest.”

Honey in her bed

Honey in her bed

Honey with her new friend Rollo

Honey with her new friend Rollo

Honey loves a fuss

Honey loves a fuss

Buddy travelled with us from Greece, where this stray pup had the good fortune to be adopted by Amy, who had gone to help with the refugee crisis on Lesvos. Making Buddy’s trip to the UK happen so swiftly was down to many people: Amy doing all her paperwork quickly and efficiently; the ‘can do’ attitude of Rebecca from Lesvos Stray Dog and Cat Adoptions and her vet; and Christine from Chris’s Animal Hotel in Athens, who boarded Buddy the night before his flight and helped courier J at the airport.

In what must be record time, by the time courier J boarded her easyJet flight to Athens, everything was perfectly in place for Buddy to travel. Amy wrote to say:

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you guys did to get Buddy back to me in amazing time! You have no idea how happy me and my son are!”

Buddy with Amy's son (the new dog bed is obviously very comfy!)

Buddy with Amy’s son (the new dog bed is obviously very comfy!)

Lucy also travelled with us from Lesvos, on our most recent road trip from Greece. This lovely girl’s new home had fallen through, but thanks to our friend Jenny Fox, an animal behaviourist, who publicised Lucy’s story via her Facebook page, Lucy now has a lovely new home on Guernsey with Michelle, Tony and Sophie.

Courier J was due to accompany Lucy to Guernsey last weekend, but stormy seas meant the trip had to be postponed. Condor kindly transported Lucy’s travel box from Guernsey for free and looked after it until Lucy could travel. Yesterday was the big day. Courier J and Lucy travelled by Condor Seacat and were met by Michelle and her daughter Sophie, and Jayne, an old friend of Animalcouriers.

Lucy waiting patiently for the crossing

Lucy waiting patiently for the crossing

Being greeted by (L to R) Michelle, Sophie and Jayne

Being greeted by (L to R) Michelle, Sophie and Jayne

Lucy making sure she explores her new home thoroughly

Lucy making sure she explores her new home thoroughly

Michelle asking Lucy what she thinks of it all

Michelle asking Lucy what she thinks of it all

Lucy with Tony

Lucy with Tony

Lucy looking very relaxed

Lucy looking very relaxed

Happy reunions in the UK, and Lucy finds her forever home

As soon as Animalcouriers reached Dover, the pets who had travelled from Greece started heading off to rejoin their families in various parts of the UK.

Courier Dave took Sugar, Jack and Berti in to London; while Courier Rickie set off northwards, taking Dexter to Chester, Lilly to Newcastle, Niko to Livingstone, and Souki and Diego to Edinburgh.

Dexter’s owner Ian wrote to say:

“Dexter and Pat and I are now tired! What an eventful first 12 hours. Our two girls (Nell and Honor) have their noses slightly out of joint but they’ll get there! Dexter just came in, made himself at home and has bonded immediately — he’s my shadow!”

Lilly’s owner, Jacqui, was also quick to get in touch:

“Lilly arrived at my daughter’s safely last night and as you can see has settled in her favourite scruffy bed!!! Thank you to you all for taking such good care of her throughout her journey — you are absolute stars!!! We can’t wait to see her next week and finally settle her into her new home. Thank you all once again — you have been great.”

We forgot to hand over Lilly’s travel box, but Jacqui very kindly asked us to donate it to Nine Lives Greece next time we go to Athens.

Maria and Angelo let us know how pleased they were to be reunited with their dogs, Souki and Diego:

“We want to thank you for delivering our dogs secure and healthy. We don’t have many things to say, just a big fat Greek thank you! Bless everyone of you!!”

Couriers J and M delivered Phantom and Gismo at Thurrock Services on the M25, then continued on to Peterborough to deliver the puppies, Bear, Bella, Zeus and Hercules, to their foster home with Wendy, along with Lucy.

Animalcouriers sponsored Lucy’s trip from Lesvos. She so nearly had a new home, which fell through, not once but twice. We couldn’t leave her behind — after all, there was a bedroom in our van with her name on the door — so she joined the trip. And thanks to our good friend Jenny Fox of Naughty Pets, who posted Lucy’s story on facebook, Lucy now has a new home in Guernsey! Courier J will have the pleasure of escorting Lucy to Guernsey next weekend.

Courier Rickie with Niko, just before setting off

Courier Rickie with Niko, just before setting off

Dexter making himself at home

Dexter making himself at home

Dexter throwing up a few zeds

Dexter throwing up a few zeds

Niko gets a very warm welcome at his new home

Niko gets a very warm welcome at his new home

What a fuzzy fellow he is!

What a fuzzy fellow he is!

Niko all tuckered out

Niko all tuckered out

Lilly on her favourite bed

Lilly on her favourite bed

Lilly exploring her temporary home

Lilly exploring her temporary home

We met Liana at Thurrock Services, who was very excited to receive Phantom

We met Liana at Thurrock Services, who was very excited to receive Phantom

Sophia had been very anxious about Gismo, and was delighted to have him back in her arms

Sophia had been very anxious about Gismo, and was delighted to have him back in her arms

Jack surveying his new kingdom after a long walk in the park, where he's already made some new friends

Jack surveying his new kingdom after a long walk in the park, where he’s already made some new friends

The pups at Wendy's home — this is Zeus…

The pups at Wendy’s home — this is Zeus…

… and here's Bella

… and here’s Bella

And here's Wendy with Bear and Hercules

And here’s Wendy with Bear and Hercules

Lucy with a new friend at Wendy's house

Lucy with a new friend at Wendy’s house

Bespoke trips for Max and Luka; Molly; Barney, Rowan and Tish; and news of another Luka and Poppy

When Alison and Victor relocated to the Dutch city of The Hague from the very top of Scotland, near Thurso, they asked Animalcouriers to help move Max and Luka, their two German Short-haired Pointers. We took the dogs to kennels initially, where they stayed for a few days until the family arrived in The Hague, at which point we delivered Max and Luka to a huge welcome.

In the midst of all the packing and general hubbub of the move, the two dogs simply spooned and slept

In the midst of all the packing and general hubbub of the move, the two dogs simply spooned and slept

Max and Luka at their new home in the Netherlands

Max and Luka at their new home in the Netherlands

Not all airlines will transport pets and, even when they do, it can be quite an expensive business, what with travel boxes, cargo charges and so on. As a result, we’re getting more and more enquiries from pet-owners in Europe for bespoke trips, that fit precisely with their own travel plans.

Little Molly travelled with us in this way from Madrid to Scotland. Owner Tom wrote to say:

“Molly has settled in very well. She has had lots of walks and is happy to be back with her original pack. I want to thank you and all the team for the fantastic service you provided. From the first moment I spoke to you on the phone I felt reassured and, at such a stressful time for me, you put me at ease and made me realise that bringing Molly back was not an insurmountable task. Everyone in the office was incredibly helpful and couriers Rickie and Dave were so nice — it’s clear Molly had got on really with them.”

There was a tearful reunion when Molly was delivered to Tom. It's at times like this when we know a road trip is a good way for dogs to travel. Molly jumped all over Tom and dashed about — her and Tom's happiness was very catching.

There was a tearful reunion when Molly was delivered to Tom. It’s at times like this when we know a road trip is a good way for dogs to travel. Molly jumped all over Tom and dashed about — her and Tom’s happiness was very catching.

Tom sent us this lovely photo of Molly in Glasgow Green park

Tom sent us this lovely photo of Molly in Glasgow Green park

Barney, Rowan and Tish, three yellow Labs, travelled with us from Hexham in Northumberland to their new retirement home in the Limoges area of France.

Looks like these three lovelies have a wonderful garden to play in

Looks like these three lovelies have a wonderful garden to play in

It was a lovely sunny day in the Limousin when we delivered them

It was a lovely sunny day in the Limousin when we delivered them

Gorgeous cat Luka travelled with us last month from the south of France, and his owner Blaithin has sent us news about how he’s getting on:

“I want to thank you once again for looking after my little darling and for your constant reassurance on how he was doing. Luka hid for two weeks when we arrived but we just left him and loved him everyday, fed and watered him also. He was drinking but eating little. Now he is back to normal and is going out by himself and loving the garden as it is very large. He will use the trees as a scratching post and loves to climb them. Already he is sniffing out a nest of mice in the garden. He has found out that English mice run faster than French mice, hee hee!”

And finally, news and stunning photos of pocket-sized Staffie Poppy, who travelled from France to Portugal with us last month. Carol wrote to say:

“Thank you and your team so much for taking Poppy, she is with her dad and very happy.”

Poppy loves the beach

Poppy loves the beach

Poppy with her dad

Poppy with her dad

UK reunions for Mal’s cats and birds; and Gill’s dogs, cats and rabbits

If you keep up with the Animalcouriers blog, you’ll know that couriers J and M recently collected Mal and Mike’s 22 cats and two birds from their previous home in the Lot-et-Garonne in France. Now they’ve reached their new home in Lincolnshire.

When we arrived, the lovely new cattery was still under construction! By about 5.00pm it was pretty much ready, so courier M started helping Mal move her cats into their new home.

Disaster struck, however, when two of the feistier felines discovered that a small part of the cattery roof wasn’t secure — Brandy managed to squeeze through the gap and made a run for it before he could be grabbed. He’s still at large, but Mal is very experienced at catching cats. She’s set up cat traps, let her neighbours know to be on the lookout, and is carrying out regular patrols. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed.

Courier M helped out with emergency repairs, but moving the rest of the cats was put off until this morning, once proper repairs had been made.

Mal greets her cats on their arrival

Mal greets her cats on their arrival

The cattery in all its glory

The cattery in all its glory

Mal making sure all the bedrooms are shipshape

Mal making sure all the bedrooms are shipshape

Tucking in to some yummy nosh

Tucking in to some yummy nosh

Relaxing on a fleecy blanket

Relaxing on a fleecy blanket

Posing against an autumnal backdrop

Posing against an autumnal backdrop

Courier Mike was also on the road, delivering Gill’s family of pets who travelled with him from Normandy, to their new home in Dorchester. It was a great homecoming for dogs Rosie Pomme, Dolly and Gracie Mai. The two rabbits, along with the four cats — Ginger, Madge, Suzanne and Minou — took it all a bit more calmly!

 

Little Gracie Mai — a blur of fur!

Little Gracie Mai — a blur of fur!

Burmese Mountain Dog Dolly heads straight in through the gate

Burmese Mountain Dog Dolly heads straight in through the gate

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Very excited German Shepherd dog Rosie Pomme bounds towards Gill

Hearty, Lola and Russo join us in Spain; Kaly, Moggy and TomTom get on board in France; and UK reunions start with Pixtura and Nina

Lovely young tortoiseshell cats Hearty and Lola hail from the Balearic Islands. They were brought by ferry to Denia and collected by our friends from Casa Antigua kennels and cattery in Jesus Pobre. Now they’re on board with Animalcouriers, on their way to the UK. They’re a playful pair, amusing themselves by leaping around their compartment and being general hooligans!

Our final stop in Spain was to collect gorgeous Maine Coon cat Russo from Cynthia. Russo regularly commutes between Hertfordshire and the beautiful seaside town of Tamariu, near Girona. He usually travels with Cynthia and Larry by car but, as Larry is unwell, Animalcouriers has the honour of chauffeuring Russo this time.

Once across the border into France, our final passengers joined us in Sigoules, a beautiful rural spot in the Bergerac area. Labrador Kaly enjoys walking, eating and chatting, while her feline companions Moggy and TomTom are making the most of their elevated position in our van. It lets them keep an eye on everything while maintaining a certain catlike aloofness.

Hearty is a fearless young thing

Hearty is a fearless young thing

Lola, almost her mirror image, is equally fearless!

Lola, almost her mirror image, is equally fearless!

Cynthia gives her beloved Russo a goodbye hug

Cynthia gives her beloved Russo a goodbye hug

Moggy and TomTom have a great vantage point in the van

Moggy and TomTom have a great vantage point in the van

TomTom gives us a dark brown stare

TomTom gives us a dark brown stare

Moggy is a little shyer

Moggy is a little shyer

Kaly wondering if there might just be another biscuit in courier Mike's pocket

Kaly wondering if there might just be another biscuit in courier Mike’s pocket

Yup, there was!

Yup, there was!

Lola and Honey enjoy their morning walks

Lola and Honey enjoy their morning walks

Michael looking across to see what Lola and Honey are up to

Michael looking across to see what Lola and Honey are up to

Nina is a good girl who soon got used to walking on her lead

Nina is a good girl who soon got used to walking on her lead

Pixtura's favourite part of the walk is getting back into bed with a biscuit!

Pixtura’s favourite part of the walk is getting back into bed with a biscuit!

We ordered bacon rolls for breakfast — what turned up could have fed a family of four twice over!

We ordered bacon rolls for breakfast — what turned up could have fed a family of four twice over!

Pixtura back with her owner in Cambridgeshire — they'd been apart for several months so it was a very emotional reunion

Pixtura back with her owner in Cambridgeshire — they’d been apart for several months so it was a very emotional reunion

Nina reunited with David — daughter Sadie wrote to say: "Dad's so happy, thank you so much. Nina is now asleep cuddled up with dad, she has already settled in, it's lovely."

Nina reunited with David — daughter Sadie wrote to say: “Dad’s so happy, thank you so much. Nina is now asleep cuddled up with dad, she has already settled in, it’s lovely.”

Reunions for Princessa, Bella, Foxydog, Poppy, Rex and Ringo; and Pixtura, Tavi, Mitzi, Polly and Maru are first to join our UK-bound trip

Animalcouriers reunited pets with their owners in Spain and Portugal. We then started the trip back north with the first of our UK-bound passengers on board.

Having reunited lovely little Princessa with her owner’s partner, Antonio, we spent the night at the coastal resort of Mojacar. During our evening dog walks along the seafront, we watched the waves pounding onto the sand as a storm brewed up. By morning the storm had blown itself out, and dogs and couriers alike enjoyed watching the sun rise on a fresh new day.

When Bella’s owner Jean and her husband moved to Spain, they took the ferry with their two dogs, but felt that Bella would be more comfortable travelling with us. Most Orientals are very vocal and we had expected to be serenaded on the trip, but Bella was quiet as a mouse — until she saw Jean! We’re sure Bella will enjoy exploring the hillside location of her new Spanish home. 

Our next delivery was Poppy the pocket-sized Staffie, who reached her new home in Portugal. Despite the cold, wet weather she was very pleased to be reunited with her owner.

German Shepherd Dogs Rex and Ringo were adopted as puppies from the Filozoikos Shelter by Pedro, when he was working in Athens‎. Urgent family circumstances meant Pedro had to return to Portugal, and we were asked to transport his dogs. We don’t have a direct route, but worked out a two-stage trip from them. We collected them from Filozoikos on our Greek run‎ last month and took them to kennels in France, where we collected them as we passed by this time. As you may imagine, they’ve become quite the seasoned travellers!

Tiny Pixtura, a Chihuahua–Miniature Pinscher cross, joined our trip in Lisbon, sporting a smart pink coat. She’s travelling with us to rejoin her owner Sonia in Cambridgeshire‎. 

While in the Lisbon area we also collected four cats, Tavi, Mitzi, Polly and Maru, who are heading to the leafy lanes of Somerset. Owners Gillian and Richard are most definitely cat people and these four are the apples of everyone’s eye — although they did play hard to get when we turned up to collect them!

Princessa safely delivered to Antonio. Our evening rendezvous was in the hillside town of Sorbas in Almeria province.

Princessa safely delivered to Antonio. Our evening rendezvous was in the hillside town of Sorbas in Almeria province.

Rex and…

Rex and…

 

…Ringo, walking along the beach

…Ringo, walking along the beach

Jean with Bella — Jean drove through the night from Santander to Arboleas, but looked as fresh as a daisy when she collected Bella

Jean with Bella — Jean drove through the night from Santander to Arboleas, but looked as fresh as a daisy when she collected Bella

A last look at gorgeous Oriental Bella

A last look at gorgeous Oriental Bella

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Always a happy soul, Foxydog got a lot of fuss from courier Mike as she is almost a double for his own Collie

Foxydog arrived in Malaga to a rapturous welcome from owner Jorge's parents‎. Jorge said his parents would probably be happier to see Foxydog than him! We're sure that's not true, but Foxy is clearly a very special and much loved dog.

Foxydog arrived in Malaga to a rapturous welcome from owner Jorge’s parents‎. Jorge said his parents would probably be happier to see Foxydog than him! We’re sure that’s not true, but Foxy is clearly a very special and much loved dog.

Pocket-sized Staffie Poppy delighted to be reunited with her owner

Pocket-sized Staffie Poppy delighted to be reunited with her owner

Rex and Ringo with Pedro (L) and courier Mike (R). Pedro hadn't seen his dogs for about six months so was very pleased that they recognised him.

Rex and Ringo with Pedro (L) and courier Mike (R). Pedro hadn’t seen his dogs for about six months so was very pleased that they recognised him.

Little Pixtura rocks her pink coat

Little Pixtura rocks her pink coat

Very handsome Tavi

Very handsome Tavi

Dreamy jet-black Mitzi

Dreamy jet-black Mitzi

Polly decides it's best just to snuggle down

Polly decides it’s best just to snuggle down

Maru wants to know everything that's going on

Maru wants to know everything that’s going on

Quite right too! One of the signs in Gillian and Richard's house.

Quite right too! One of the signs in Gillian and Richard’s house.

Now that's what I call graffiti — spotted in central Lisbon

Now that’s what I call graffiti — spotted in central Lisbon

Luka, Echo and North from France join our trip; and the first reunions take place in the UK

As Animalcouriers headed through France towards the UK, we stopped off to collect our final passengers. Gorgeous puss Luka is travelling from Cagnes sur Mer in Provence to Wolverhampton, where he’ll rejoin his owner who’s flown on ahead.

And near Lyon we met Laurent, who breeds beautiful Siberian Huskies. We collected two puppies from him, Echo and North, who are on their way to their owner Matthew in the north of England.

Lovely Luka

Lovely Luka

Husky pups Echo and North

Husky pups Echo and North

Neither Husky pup has ever been on a lead before…

Neither Husky pup has ever been on a lead before…

…must…get…rid…of…this…thing!

…must…get…rid…of…this…thing!

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Handsome Corby from Crete

Tasha, Corby's companion, with courier Mike

Tasha, Corby’s companion, with courier Mike

Ringo looking like a traffic cop — turn left please!

Ringo looking like a traffic cop — turn left please!

Rex standing tall

Rex standing tall

Alfie and Scruff became great mates on the trip. Alfie is only four months old and we think he really appreciated having Scruff as a chum.

Alfie and Scruff became great mates on the trip. Alfie is only four months old and we think he really appreciated having Scruff as a chum.

Pretty Zouzou waiting her turn for a walk

Pretty Zouzou waiting her turn for a walk

Despite her deafness, Boo is an incredibly responsive dog

Despite her deafness, Boo is an incredibly responsive dog

At 15 years old, Diego is the senior member of our passenger list — but still going strong!

At 15 years old, Diego is the senior member of our passenger list — but still going strong!

Aris, keen we should catch his best side!

Aris, keen we should catch his best side!

And once we were back in the UK, the reunions began almost immediately. First up were Aris and Ioannis, and Zouzou and Maria.

Ioannis (John) with Aris — both were so pleased to see each other again

Ioannis (John) with Aris — both were so pleased to see each other again

A delighted Maria and Zouzou — they hadn't seen each other since May

A delighted Maria and Zouzou — they hadn’t seen each other since May