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
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
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!
Douglas gets a tickle…
…and Mr Pickles wants in on the action, too!
Gentleman Jim (who bears more than a passing resemblance to Mr Pickles) in pensive mood
Creamy ginger brothers Ruben (L) and Hugo (R)
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
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
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.