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!
Tigger’s chum Pip looks equally pleased to be travelling door to door by road
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
All sorted, and beautiful little tabby cat Cleo settles in
Border Terrier Timmy takes a stroll in the sun
Best mate Biscuit makes sure all visitors are carefully monitored
Biscuit makes himself at home…
…as does Timmy
Ragdoll cat Moomin permits us to admire her very floofy tail
Her feline friend Giacomo is a very handsome Maine Coon
and here they are showing togetherness
Cute and cuddly guinea pig Lulu
Daisy and Jasper — Jasper taking up residence in the litter tray!
A close up of Jasper
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!
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