Hia flies in from Korea; and Dexter and Lucy head to France for the summer

Beautiful little Hia (short for Hyena) had a long journey from Korea to the UK. She left Korea at 08.00am and arrived in Paris 11 hours later. On the flight she sat next to her human mum, and was as good as gold. Animalcouriers collected Hia in Paris and drove her to Calais, where we boarded the Eurotunnel, courier S ensuring plenty of pampering along the way for this little girl. On arrival in the UK it was a short hop to Hia’s new home in Surrey to be reunited with her family. It’s all very exciting as a new baby is due in just a few months.

A few days later courier S was back on the road with Border Collie brother and sister Dexter and Lucy. These very frequent travellers are heading from their home in London to their summer home in Avignon. A perfect pair of angels, these two dogs are completely at ease with the routine of travelling. They know when to lie back and enjoy the ride, when to smile at customs, and when to rush around and make the most of our comfort breaks.

Hia shows us her beautiful profile

Hia shows us her beautiful profile

Lovely Lucy enjoys the fresh air

Lovely Lucy enjoys the fresh air

Dashing Dexter enjoys a rest on the grass

Dashing Dexter enjoys a rest on the grass

Lucy and Dexter were so excited when they arrived, that after a cursory lick of the hand to say goodbye, they went tearing off to reaquaint themselves with the sights and smells of their Provencal home

Lucy and Dexter were so excited when they arrived, that after a cursory lick of the hand to say goodbye, they went tearing off to reaquaint themselves with the sights and smells of their Provencal home

A classic Provence scene — a lavender-lined driveway

A classic Provence scene — a lavender-lined driveway

And where you find lavender, you often find sunflowers, too

And where you find lavender, you often find sunflowers, too

Heading north through France towards the UK

From Narbonne Animalcouriers headed north towards Calais, stopping last night at Chaumont, where there were excellent dog walks to be had alongside a pretty canal.

On our way this morning, we were driving though a small hamlet, only to find the road blocked by an aged yet distinguished Golden Retriever. He waited until we had shown due respect by completely stopping our van. At which point he rose slowly from the middle of the road and sauntered in his own sweet time to the pavement to let us pass. A class act!

We’re now at Calais, ready to board the ferry to cross the Channel.

Cooky enjoys an evening walk

Cooky enjoys an evening walk

Although Cody is quite big and strong, he's very gentle on his walks

Although Cody is quite big and strong, he’s very gentle on his walks

Young wolfdog Galatzo is always very alert

Young wolfdog Galatzo is always very alert

Little Kathy, waiting for her walk

Little Kathy, waiting for her walk

Kathy's chum Neska is also keen to stretch her legs

Kathy’s chum Neska is also keen to stretch her legs

Paddula, very relaxed…

Paddula, very relaxed…

…as is Lalaith

…as is Lalaith

Beautiful evening sun on the canal near our hotel last night

Beautiful evening sun on the canal near our hotel last night

Meet Hermes, cat in residence at our hotel last night

Meet Hermes, cat in residence at our hotel last night

French Golden Delicious — the best-looking roadblock we ever did see!

French Golden Delicious — the best-looking roadblock we ever did see!

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Five dogs, five cats and a parrot join Tiddles for our trip to the UK

Animalcouriers met up with Cody and his family on the front between Gibraltar and La Linea. He’s off to Northern Ireland to stay with mum Nikki’s sister while the family packs up ready to follow him. They all said they would miss Gibraltar but they’re looking forward to new schools and a new way of life. As Nikki put it: ‘It’s goodbye shorts and flip flops, hello Ugg boots and woolly hats!’

Then it was off to collect Ben from Margaret at Benalmadena Costa. Margaret moved here over 20 years ago, and character cat Ben came on the scene a few years later. Now the time has come for Margaret to go back to Burnley with Ben and rejoin her family.

After an overnight stay in Nerja, we caught up with Kathy and Neska. These canine chums belong to Ana and George who relocated from Granada to the UK a few months ago, leaving their dogs in the care of Irene. Now Ana and George are all settled in and have sent for their dogs to join them.

When Kristina and her family recently moved from Torrevieja to Buckinghamshire, they found African Grey Parrot Charlie a new home with friends. However, African Greys are very sensitive creatures and, despite best efforts, the solution didn’t suit Charlie 100%. So plans were changed and now he’s on his way to the UK to rejoin Kristina.

Yesterday evening in Valencia we met up with Xavier from our colleagues Traveldog, who brought the final passengers, two dogs and four cats, for our UK-bound trip. First up was wolfdog Galatzo from Madrid, who’s travelling to Glasgow. Anything but wild, this handsome chap is very sociable. We were also joined by Cocky, a little Westie, who hails from Santiago de Compostella, and has settled into travelling like a pro.

Siamese cat Paddula is travelling with slinky black Lalaiph from O Porrinno; and tabby cat Cuca is travelling with Napoleao from Porto. Cuca has asthma, which is treated with an inhaler. His owner, Teresa, says he can get very stressed and provided advice on how to use the inhaler. But so far he’s been very relaxed indeed, and probably wonders why we keep checking up on him!

Cody gets a great send-off from his family. L to R: Lauren, Charlotte holding Chloe, and mum Nikki

Cody gets a great send-off from his family. L to R: Lauren, Charlotte holding Chloe, and mum Nikki

Margaret with handsome Ben

Margaret with handsome Ben

Fearless Ben, checking courier J for the smells of other pets

Fearless Ben, checking courier J for the smells of other pets

Ben even quite fancied trying to get on courier J's lap, but the camera kept getting in the way!

Ben even quite fancied trying to get on courier J’s lap, but the camera kept getting in the way!

Cody looking very attentive — nothing to do with the biscuit in courier M's hand!

Cody looking very attentive — nothing to do with the biscuit in courier M’s hand!

Irene has been looking after Neska and Kathy. Here she is giving them goodbye hugs.

Irene has been looking after Neska and Kathy. Here she is giving them goodbye hugs.

Kathy (L) and Neska (R) — great ears, Neska!

Kathy (L) and Neska (R) — great ears, Neska!

We always love visiting Granada. This time around, the collars of petunias around the lampposts caught our eye, their bright colours contrasting beautifully with the pale stonework.

We always love visiting Granada. This time around, the collars of petunias around the lampposts caught our eye, their bright colours contrasting beautifully with the pale stonework.

Charlie shows us what a big fellow he is

Charlie shows us what a big fellow he is

Charlie with Bev, who's been taking care of him

Charlie with Bev, who’s been taking care of him

We always work hard to find secure overnight car parks. But if  there's not much green around, it can pose a problem for dogs that won't do their business unless it's on grass! We fell around this morning as one by one our dogs made a bee-line for this single sprig poking out through the tarmac.

We always work hard to find secure overnight car parks. But if there’s not much green around, it can pose a problem for dogs that won’t do their business unless it’s on grass! We fell around this morning as one by one our dogs made a bee-line for this single sprig poking out through the tarmac.

Here's Neska patiently waiting her turn to water the sprig

Here’s Neska patiently waiting her turn to water the sprig

Little Kathy is definitely the leader of her pack

Little Kathy is definitely the leader of her pack

Xavier from Traveldog with Galatzo

Xavier from Traveldog with Galatzo

Very tame and sociable wolfdog Galatzo

Very tame and sociable wolfdog Galatzo

Cute Westie Cocky

Cute Westie Cocky

A very chilled-out Paddula…

A very chilled-out Paddula…

…and Lalaiph settle in to the compartment they're sharing

…and Lalaiph settle in to the compartment they’re sharing

Cuca — such a handsome friendly face!

Cuca — such a handsome friendly face!

Cuca's companion Napoleao catches a few zeds

Cuca’s companion Napoleao catches a few zeds

Cody waiting very politely for his walk this morning

Cody waiting very politely for his walk this morning

Cody and Galatzo meet and have a little play — two very sociable hounds

Cody and Galatzo meet and have a little play — two very sociable hounds

Reunions for Rosie, Annie May, Percy, Magnus, Dash, Chinie, Mause and Crystal; and Tiddles joins our trip in Portugal

From Spain Animalcouriers headed into Portugal where we reunited long-haired black cat Rosie with Anne on the Algarve. Anne was ecstatic, having spent the whole morning waiting excitedly to see Rosie again.

Anne and her husband Ray split their time between the UK and Portugal. When their much-loved cat and dog passed away, they found it difficult to live without any pets. So they adopted 11-year-old Rosie from a rescue. Having been rather overlooked by other potential adopters, this little girl landed on her paws with Anne and Ray. Anne dropped us a line to say:

“A million thanks. Rosie has investigated everything and is now heartily tucking into her favourite meal and trying to purr at the same time.”

Also on the Algarve we reunited Annie May with Janise. It was hard to say who was the more delighted of the two!

Percy, Magnus, Dash, Chinie and Mause are also safely home. These five felines were collected in Harrogate, spent a few weeks at a cattery, did a road trip to Barcelona, caught an overnight ferry from Barcelona to Palma, then got a lift the rest of the way home. Despite all their adventures, these five felines no time at all to settle in to their new life on a Spanish island.

Last month Rosemary’s handsome hound Rafa travelled with us to the UK and now her slinky black cat Tiddles is following on. Tiddles was found by Diana of Animal Inn Guia and adopted by Rosemary. Tiddles’s paperwork wasn’t quite ready for him to travel last month, so he went back to stay with Diana and Bungie to wait for us. He’s a little bit unhappy as he’s had a few changes in his short time with Rosemary. But we’ll do our best to reassure him, and we’re certain he’ll soon settle down once he’s home with Rosemary and Rafa.

Our final happy reunion of the day was when we delivered Staffie cross Crystal to her owner Ella in Andalucia in Spain — both were thrilled to be back together.

Rosie mewed with delight on hearing Anne's voice

Rosie mewed with delight on hearing Anne’s voice

Anne over the moon to have Rosie back

Anne over the moon to have Rosie back

The beautiful sunny Algarve

The beautiful sunny Algarve

Janise back with her lovely Posavac Hound, Annie May

Janise back with her lovely Posavac Hound, Annie May

Very relaxed Dash

Very relaxed Dash

One of Dash's mates, Percy or Magnus — we never did managed to tell these two handsome black chaps apart!

One of Dash’s mates, Percy or Magnus — we never did managed to tell these two handsome black chaps apart!

Mause and one of her chums tucking in to their tea

Mause and one of her chums tucking in to their tea

Tiddles, on his way to rejoin Rosemary and Rafa in the UK

Tiddles, on his way to rejoin Rosemary and Rafa in the UK

Waiting at La Linea, you can almost reach out and touch the Atlas mountains at the top of Africa — awesome!

Waiting at La Linea, you can almost reach out and touch the Atlas mountains at the top of Africa — awesome!

Crystal goes crazy when we reunite her with Ella

Crystal goes crazy when we reunite her with Ella

Reuniting Tosca, and drawing a pet-friendly crowd in Spain

Animalcouriers crossed into Spain where our first stop was El Vendrell in Catalonia to reunite gorgeous cat Tosca with his owner Xavier. Tosca declined to show his face for a goodbye photo — but Xavier wasn’t at all surprised, explaining that Tosca is ‘very shy.’

We then headed straight to a garage as our van’s air conditioning had become a little temperamental towards the end of the previous day. As is always the case, our passengers aroused great interest, and in no time the mechanics were pulling out their smartphones to show us photos of their own pets. The boss ended up having to come out and remind them they were supposed to be fixing the aircon!

Once the aircon was back in working order, we continued on to Tortosa, where we stopped for the night at a hotel on the top of a hill. The dogs were most intrigued by the views!

Xavier delighted to have Tosca back

Xavier delighted to have Tosca back

The pets drew quite a crowd at the garage. We ended up handing out biscuits for everyone to feed to the dogs!

The pets drew quite a crowd at the garage. We ended up handing out biscuits for everyone to feed to the dogs!

A proudly shared photo of a much loved hound

A proudly shared photo of a much loved hound

Annie May gives the secure hotel car park her seal of approval

Annie May gives the secure hotel car park her seal of approval

Crystal agrees it's a great place for walks and views

Crystal agrees it’s a great place for walks and views

Leaving the UK with Pachi, Tosca, Annie May, Crystal, Percy, Magnus, Dash, Chinie, Mause, Rosie, Maya and Mabel

Animalcouriers set off from the UK with pets on board bound for France, Spain and Portugal.

Simonetta brought us her gentle yellow Lab Pachi, who travelled to the UK with us a year ago from north west Spain. He is on his way back to stay with his grandma, Monica, where Simonetta will join him next month.

Silver tabby Tosca is travelling with us from Milton Keynes to El Vendrell, Spain. This gorgeous puss is a little puzzled by the journey, so we’re doing our best to be very reassuring.

Cute Annie May is a Posavac Hound who’s had quite few moves in her short life. She was rescued from life on the streets in Romania and adopted by Janise, who brought her to live in Derbyshire. Now the family has moved to the Portuguese Algarve and naturally Annie May is travelling too. This sweet-natured dog clearly hasn’t forgotten her early years, as she’s very quick to snatch up any dropped or unattended food!

Staffie cross Crystal Is travelling with us to join her family who’ve moved from Erith to Andalucia in Spain. This sociable little girl homeboarded with courier J before we left and she just loved chattering and nattering with everyone who passed through the house!

Steve and Janet have relocated to Mallorca from Harrogate, and now their five cats — Percy, Magnus, Dash, Chinie and Mause — are on their way too. Their journey started around a fortnight ago when we collected them in Harrogate. These fine felines stayed at Burntwood Cattery and Kennels near our office, until we were ready to leave for continental Europe. We’ll drive them as far as Barcelona to board the ferry to Palma, where they’ll be met for the last leg of their journey home. Despite their fairly long and fragmented trip, these are five very chilled-out cats — probably because of the rather sedate nature of the journey.

Also on board is gentle, long-haired black cat Rosie, who’s swapping East Sussex greenery for Algarve sunshine. She is very interested in all the goings-on in and around the van, and enjoys keeping an eye on everything from her elevated lookout.

Maya and Mabel left Edinburgh for the Figeac area of France, to rejoin Florent and Amie. Mabel has taken everything in her stride and been quite calm — although we were warned she’s not too keen on cuddles. Maya, on the other hand, is quite indignant about her routine having been disturbed!

Tonight we reach the southern French town of Narbonne, where we’ll spend the night before crossing the border into Spain tomorrow.

Simonetta says goodbye to Pachi — she's very much looking forward to seeing him again next month

Simonetta says goodbye to Pachi — she’s very much looking forward to seeing him again next month

 Tosca looking a little bemused by this whole travel thing

Tosca looking a little bemused by this whole travel thing

Annie May is ready for the off

Annie May is ready for the off

Sociable Crystal hopes to catch our eye

Sociable Crystal hopes to catch our eye

Pachi has a good old chuckle at Crystal's knock knock joke

Pachi has a good old chuckle at Crystal’s knock knock joke

Magnus… or Percy…

Magnus… or Percy…

Percy… or Magnus — we're struggling to tell these two jet black slinky cats apart!

Percy… or Magnus — we’re struggling to tell these two jet black slinky cats apart!

Handsome ginger Dash shows off his magnificent whiskers

Handsome ginger Dash shows off his magnificent whiskers

Calico cats Chinie and Mause are as chilled out as their three siblings

Calico cats Chinie and Mause are as chilled out as their three siblings

Gentle long-haired beauty Rosie

Gentle long-haired beauty Rosie

Mabel, who took travelling more or less in her stride…

Mabel, who took travelling more or less in her stride…

…unlike her sibling Maya who's been pretty indignant about the whole business!

…unlike her sibling Maya who’s been pretty indignant about the whole business!

Fortunately for Maya, she and Mabel were the first pets to be delivered, just outside Figeac. Florent's mum Joelle was there to greet the cats, soon to be joined by Florent who was already on his way from the airport.

Fortunately for Maya, she and Mabel were the first pets to be delivered, just outside Figeac. Florent’s mum Joelle was there to greet the cats, soon to be joined by Florent who was already on his way from the airport.

Annie May enjoying a sunny walk

Annie May enjoying a sunny walk

Pachi catching a few rays — spot his handsome check collar!

Pachi catching a few rays — spot his handsome check collar!

We reach Italy where Leo gets on board; then Alfredo joins us in Germany

Animalcouriers took the ferry from Greece to Italy and spent the night in Bologna. The next morning we headed to the Milan area to collect Leo. This handsome cat belongs to Delia, who moved to England a short while ago and has now been able to send for Leo to join her. We met Delia’s mother Sebastiana and her brother Joseph (who’s looking forward to practising his English in England), along with Massimo who carried Leo out from their apartment to our van.

From Italy we headed to Switzerland and spent the night at one of our favourite places, the Eden Hotel in Sisikon, where we enjoyed taking a bit of time out to explore while walking the dogs.

Today we drove to the German city of Stuttgart to collect Corgi cross Alfredo. Carolyn adopted him off the streets in Spain many moons ago, and they subsequently moved to Germany. Now Carolyn has relocated to the UK, and Alfredo is on his way to join her.

We’re now getting close to the end of our journey, and expect to be back in the UK tomorrow.

The staff at the hotel in Bologna were friendly and helpful. After filling up our water containers for us, the nice barman gave Vali a wave…

The staff at the hotel in Bologna were friendly and helpful. After filling up our water containers for us, the nice barman gave Vali a wave…

…He asked her how she was and how the journey was going

…He asked her how she was and how the journey was going

Sebastiana, Massimo and Joseph bring us Delia's cat Leo

Sebastiana, Massimo and Joseph bring us Delia’s cat Leo

A closer look at handsome Leo

A closer look at handsome Leo

What big eyes you have, Leo!

What big eyes you have, Leo!

Even the snails in Italy are effortlessly stylish!

Even the snails in Italy are effortlessly stylish!

The Eden Hotel in Sisikon

The Eden Hotel in Sisikon

A fast-running river flows down the mountain behind the Eden Hotel — it probably used to provide this quaintly old-fashioned timber-yard with tree-trunk transport

A fast-running river flows down the mountain behind the Eden Hotel — it probably used to provide this quaintly old-fashioned timber-yard with tree-trunk transport

The river itself — very noisy and boisterous

The river itself — very noisy and boisterous

A novel way to get your shopping home? Doubtless invaluable for hillside houses!

A novel way to get your shopping home? Doubtless invaluable for hillside houses!

Some of these little guys apparently work very hard when you're not looking…

Some of these little guys apparently work very hard when you’re not looking…

…while others just daydream and polish their watering cans!

…while others just daydream and polish their watering cans!

Going to work on the slow snail

Going to work on the slow snail

Early-morning view across the lake. We reflected on a previous stay here with 15 dogs from North Cyprus, one of whom leapt into the water. The courier kept a firm hold on its lead, so couldn't help but be dragged in too!

Early-morning view across the lake. We reflected on a previous stay here with 15 dogs from North Cyprus, one of whom leapt into the water. The courier kept a firm hold on its lead, so couldn’t help but be dragged in too!

An emotional goodbye in Stuttgart for Alfredo

An emotional goodbye in Stuttgart for Alfredo

What a lovely fellow he is!

What a lovely fellow he is!

Super chilled-out Scotty

Super chilled-out Scotty

Monte having his nose wiped

Monte having his nose wiped

Atlas has been showing us his playful side — if this were a video you'd see him leaping into the air and rolling around on the grass! He has a fab collar with a Union Jack on it along with his name…

Atlas has been showing us his playful side — if this were a video you’d see him leaping into the air and rolling around on the grass! He has a fab collar with a Union Jack on it along with his name…

…There's no mistaking Atlas for another dog!

…There’s no mistaking Atlas for another dog!

Courier M, who's replaced courier Mike for the return leg of the trip, is a big fan of Golden R

Courier M, who’s replaced courier Mike for the return leg of the trip, is a big fan of Golden Retreavers. So courier J doesn’t get a look-in when it comes to walking pretty Baloo!

Baloo is just as playful as Atlas. She likes chasing and throwing stones around. Here she is with a special 'trophy'…

Baloo is just as playful as Atlas. She likes chasing and throwing stones around. Here she is with a special ‘trophy’…

… and showing off her stone-handling skills

… and showing off her stone-handling skills

Reunions for Pip and Tigger in France; and for Arya, Lulu, Biscuit, Timmy, Moomin and Giacomo in Italy

After a long day on the road, Animalcouriers found a lovely Logis at Vaison la Romaine in Provence, where we stayed the night.

The next morning, our first stop was in Antibes, to reunite Pip and Tigger with Rob and Helen. Both dogs were hugely pleased to see Rob who walked up the hill to meet us.

We then crossed the border into Italy to reunite Labradoodle Arya with Stephanie and Luke. Last year Arya flew from Italy to England but nearly didn’t make the plane as the cargo-handlers at Venice airport decided that the number of suitcases mean there was no room for Arya in the hold. It was a nail-biting time, as Luke and Stephanie were already on the plane. In the end, the airline’s head office in London had to intervene, and Arya was given priority over some of those Armani suits! This year, all was much calmer as Arya travelled by road.

Sonia, her mum and her cousin drove from Pisa to Lucca meet us and collect Sonia’s guinea pig, Lulu. The whole family was delighted to see Lulu again.

And while in Lucca we also delivered family of four, Biscuit, Timmy, Moomin and Giacomo, to Barry and his wife Miho. They’ve been splitting their time between London and Italy but as their pet population expanded, they were finding it harder to spend time in Italy. The solution? Move the pets to Italy!

The Logis at Vaison la Romaine

The Logis at Vaison la Romaine

Rob tried hard to get both dogs to look at the camera, but Tigger was much more interested in a cat sitting on a nearby wall (But at least this side view of his stripes lets you can see why he's called Tigger!)

Rob tried hard to get both dogs to look at the camera, but Tigger was much more interested in a cat sitting on a nearby wall (But at least this side view of his stripes lets you can see why he’s called Tigger!)

A very happy Arya reunited with Luke and Stephanie

A very happy Arya reunited with Luke and Stephanie

Sonia's mum was a bit worried about everyone falling over as they lifted Lulu out of the Animalcouriers van!

Sonia’s mum was a bit worried about everyone falling over as they lifted Lulu out of the Animalcouriers van!

Sonia (seen here with her cousin) delighted to have Lulu back with her

Sonia (seen here with her cousin) delighted to have Lulu back with her

Lulu seemed quite unruffled by the whole business

Lulu seemed quite unruffled by the whole business

Big hugs for Gorgeous Giacomo the Maine Coon…

Big hugs for Gorgeous Giacomo the Maine Coon…

…and marvellous Moomin the Ragdoll

…and marvellous Moomin the Ragdoll

Barry with Timmy and Biscuit — the dogs were so excited as we drew up, they clearly knew they were home

Barry with Timmy and Biscuit — the dogs were so excited as we drew up, they clearly knew they were home

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!