Jake, Bob, Minnie and Polly swap snowy Doncaster for sunny Australia

When Debra and family decided to head home to Australia, they were definitely not leaving their two dogs and two cats behind in the UK. These much loved pets are somewhat senior travellers — the cats, Polly and Minnie, are 15 and 14 years old respectively; and Bob the dog is also 14. Jake the terrier is quite the baby of the bunch at just seven years old.

Animalcouriers arranged their flights and the pets spent 10 days in quarantine at Eastern Creek, Sydney. From there they flew via Adelaide to Port Lincoln in South Australia, where the family has relocated.

Debra sent some photos of the pets at home and told us:

“All four animals arrived safe and well. They are all settling in to their new home. I cried when I saw them! Thank you so much for all your great planning and organising. You did a wonderful job and I will definitely recommend you. It is amazing to think they travelled from the other side of the world.”

Jake already has his paws under the table

Jake already has his paws under the table

Which dot shall I pounce on?

Which dot shall I pounce on?

Bob and feline chum getting the lay of the land

Bob and feline chum getting the lay of the land

Debra battled through snow as she went back and forth to the vet in the UK to sort out the final paperwork and parasite treatments. Two weeks later it was wall-to-wall sunshine for everyone, with a wonderful sea view across Spencer Gulf

Debra battled through snow as she went back and forth to the vet in the UK to sort out the final paperwork and parasite treatments. Two weeks later it was wall-to-wall sunshine for everyone, with a wonderful sea view across Spencer Gulf

Sucre from Spain crosses the Channel with us, heading for Wales

On the way back from delivering the fabulous furry family of three dogs and four cats to their new French home in Brittany, Animalcouriers headed to Caen to collect Chihuahua Sucre.

Sucre had travelled from Spain with his owners, but when they reached the port of Caen, it was discovered that Sucre’s pet passport wasn’t valid for entry to the UK. So he had to stay in kennels until the 21-day period after his rabies vaccination had elapsed. Fortunately, the timing worked out perfectly for Sucre to travel back with us to the UK this week.

Courier S and Sucre took the overnight ferry to Portsmouth, then carried on by road to Bristol, where they met up with Sucre’s delighted owners for the last leg of the journey to their new home in Wales.

Sweet little Sucre snuggles down for the journey

Sweet little Sucre snuggles down for the journey

A valiant try for 'longest tongue' but sorry, Sucre, you probably get the wooden spoon!

A valiant try for ‘longest tongue’ but sorry, Sucre, you probably get the wooden spoon!

A very happy reunion in Bristol for Sucre and his owners

A very happy reunion in Bristol for Sucre and his owners

Daisy, Bella, Porscha, Le Roi, Mr Jinks, Tallulah and Ellie Mae swap Ireland for France

This family of three dogs and four Maine Coon cats, nicknamed the ‘fabulous furries’ by courier S, arrived at their new French home in Brittany yesterday.

Their journey started in Mooncoin, in Ireland, where Animalcouriers collected them 10 days ago. They stopped over at Burntwood Kennels in Surrey, before undertaking the second leg of their trip to France.

Their owners took the 24-hour ferry from Dublin to France in very rough seas, poor things. Meanwhile, their pets took the shorter (and calmer) crossing from Dover to Calais and travelled on to Brittany by road.

Daisy, a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, snored her way through the journey, completely at ease on her big adventure

Daisy, a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, snored her way through the journey, completely at ease on her big adventure

In maternal mode, lovely Newfoundland Bella made sure the rest of the family were all settled and happy before allowing herself to completely relax

In maternal mode, lovely Newfoundland Bella made sure the rest of the family were all settled and happy before allowing herself to completely relax

Le Roi and Mr Jinks giving courier S a rather dark brown look!

Le Roi and Mr Jinks giving courier S a rather dark brown look!

All four cats are breathtakingly beautiful

All four cats are breathtakingly beautiful

Even the customs officers at the border were struck by their exceptional looks

Even the customs officers at the border were struck by their exceptional looks

Reunion in France for two big girls and their dad

Reunion in France for two big girls and their dad

The Newfoundland is a magnificent breed — here's Porscha who, like Bella, weighs in at over 80 kilos. Porscha is both a live wire and gentle and obedient as a lamb — and clearly delighted to be reunited with her dad

The Newfoundland is a magnificent breed — here’s Porscha who, like Bella, weighs in at over 80 kilos. Porscha is both a live wire and gentle and obedient as a lamb — and clearly delighted to be reunited with her dad

Humbug and Nutter fly to Bermuda, and Mussik is reunited in England

Animalcouriers ended 2014 with a puppy flying to Bermuda, and started 2015 in the same way!

During a brief visit to the UK in November, Rachael and her family chose bouncy black-and-white Cockerpoo puppy Humbug. They had to wait until December for Humbug to be old enough to fly to Bermuda to join them. She flew with BA, who accept puppies and kittens from the age of 10 weeks. Rachael wrote to say:

“Humbug arrived safe and well, full of beans. Thank you so much for all your hard work arranging her safe arrival to us — we are thrilled.”

Then in early January Nutter made the same trip. This gorgeous Rottweiler puppy homeboarded with us before his flight and was the perfect houseguest. His family had to get special permission from the Bermuda government to import a Rottweiler as certain breeds are restricted on the island.

Just last week we also heard from Anastasia, whose beloved cat Mussik travelled with us from Portugal to the UK. She tells us:

“Many thanks for taking such good care of Mussik and for providing such a great service. Mussik is very happy in his new home and seemed to feel comfortable very quickly in his new surroundings. I wish you all the best for your future clients and journeys and like everyone I will have no hesitation in using your service again and recommending it to others.”

Humbug enjoys a snuggle with her new family

Humbug enjoys a snuggle with her new family

Nutter while homeboarding with Animalcouriers

Nutter while homeboarding with Animalcouriers

Enjoying playing in the autumn leaves

Enjoying playing in the autumn leaves

Nutter arriving in Bermuda

Nutter arriving in Bermuda

Mussik and Anastasia very happy to be reunited in London

Mussik and Anastasia very happy to be reunited in London

Four cute puppies from Cyprus need new homes

Amanda recently contacted us for help in finding forever homes for four abandoned puppies she rescued last year in Cyprus and has been looking after ever since. It’s estimated that these lovely ‘Heinz 57′ youngsters were born in early August, so they’re now about five months old. Help with the cost of transporting them to new homes is available.

Amanda tells us:

“On a hot Cyprus September afternoon, six hungry and thirsty puppies were found abandoned in a cardboard box by the side of a dusty track. Two puppies found happy new homes here in Cyprus to start their second-chance lives, but four are still looking for their forever families.

These two boys and two girls are completely unspoiled, enjoy meeting new people and dogs, are used to being tormented by our many household cats, and are happy to be alive! They are up to date on vaccinations, are microchipped and will be neutered in February.

All transportation costs to their new homes will be met. They can travel abroad from mid-April.”

If you can offer any of them a new home, please email: malanda472@aol.com

Red

Red

Rupert

Rupert

Lulla

Lulla

Lizzie

Lizzie

Amanda's poster looking for new homes for the 'second-chance puppies'

Amanda’s poster looking for new homes for the ‘second-chance puppies’

Poppy, Blue and Musik join our UK-bound trip in Portugal

Having delivered cats and dogs to their families in France and Portugal, Animalcouriers are now heading back towards the UK, collecting new passengers as we go.

On the Portuguese Algarve we met up with little Westie Poppy, who’s relocating to Staffordshire. Her owners, Josef and Laura, had to leave the day before, so we suggested Poppy stay at Barking Mad Kennels and Cattery run by old friends of ours, Heather and Alan.

From there we headed to Lisbon to collect another little dog, a four-month-old mini-Pinscher called Blue who belongs to Danii. Danii and Blue are moving to London to live with Danii’s grandmother.

In Oporto we called in on Anastasia to collect Siamese cat Musik who’s travelling with us to London. Anastasia was very emotional as she told us how much she would miss Musik. Thinking that perhaps she was staying behind in Portugal, we commiserated with Anastasia, saying we hoped she and Musik would see each other again one day. Yes, said Anastasia, but not until Thursday!

Lovely, lively Westie Poppy

Lovely, lively Westie Poppy

Little Blue getting a full family send-off

Little Blue getting a full family send-off

Danii giving Blue a goodbye hug

Danii giving Blue a goodbye hug

Anastasia saying 'au revoir' to her cat Musik, to whom she's devoted

Anastasia saying ‘au revoir’ to her cat Musik, to whom she’s devoted

You can just about spot Musik's bright eyes

You can just about spot Musik’s bright eyes

Blue trying to look cute after chewing up five of courier M's wine bottle corks (which he collects to make cork boards)

Blue trying to look cute after chewing up five of courier M’s wine bottle corks (which he collects to make cork boards)

A great way to start the new year — news about recent passengers Etti, Rudi, Josephine, Toddy and Maisie

Animalcouriers wishes all our friends and followers a very happy and healthy 2015. To kick off the new year in the best way, we’d like to share updates about some of our recent passengers.

Rescue dog Etti (short for Loretta) travelled with us just last month from the Almeria region of Spain to join David and Victoria. David wrote to say:

“Thank you very much for getting our sweet pooch to us in time for Christmas. She’s such a joy. We have been very lucky with her, considering we just went on a ‘hunch’. As you can see, she is already very much at home, and we will soon wonder how we ever lived without her.”

We also received Christmas greetings from Rudi, a clever young dog who attached herself to Simon and family while they were on holiday in Portugal. Rudi travelled with us in September to join her new family and has clearly got her paws firmly under the table.

Edward sent us news about beautiful black cat Josephine, who’s swapped life in London for a more bucolic time in the Burgundy region of France. She travelled with us in November, has settled in well and seems happier in France than she was in London. “I think it is the lack of competition for territory here (lots of land, very few cats),” says Edward.

“Thank you for all your care, and the trouble you took with Josephine. It really is appreciated. Sometimes other people do not understand how important a loved pet is, but Animalcouriers showed a level of empathy and understanding rarely encountered.”

Shortly before Christmas we arranged flights for Toddy to New Zealand, and Maisie to the United Arab Emirates.

Toddy’s journey started in Malaga, in Spain. His owner Martin had to go on ahead and left Toddy with friends until he was ready to meet New Zealand’s stringent entry requirements. Courier A, who’s based in Spain, helped to see Toddy through vet visits and final paperwork. Once everything was ready, Toddy flew to Gatwick airport, where Animalcouriers collected him and drove him to Heathrow airport in our quarantine van, to prevent his Spanish export paperwork from being invalidated. The following day he jetted off to New Zealand to rejoin Martin.

Lively Goldendoodle Maisie homeboarded with Animalcouriers before flying off to the UAE to meet Annie and the rest of her new family. Annie contacted us about pet shipping services before she found Maisie, saying they felt they had a long search ahead. But just days later they found Maisie! Her previous owner had fallen ill and was sadly unable to keep her, so her breeder had taken her back. That’s when Annie called, and the rest, as they say, is history. Annie tells us:

“Maisie is just wonderful (but I do feel like at times I have an energetic toddler in the house!) and doesn’t seem fazed by anything or anyone. She really has come here with all guns blazing. She has the most gorgeous gentle temperament and she is getting so much attention and so many cuddles from the family which is great. When I see her just lying casually around it feels like she has been with us for much longer than she has — a good sign, I think. Thank you again for all your help and care.”

Etti, adopted from Spain by David and Victoria

Etti, adopted from Spain by David and Victoria

Rudi wide awake and very alert

Rudi wide awake and very alert

Rudi fast asleep

Rudi fast asleep

Josphine enjoying French country life

Josphine enjoying French country life

Sprightly 16-year-old Toddy

Sprightly 16-year-old Toddy

Maisie pictured while homeboarding with Animalcouriers

Maisie pictured while homeboarding with Animalcouriers

Felipe and Louis reach Spain; where Rita, Bob, Winnie, Gypsy and Mellie join our trip

Lovely puppy Felipe travelled with Animalcouriers to the Madrid area to share Christmas with Sergio, Barbara and all the family. We quite understand why they didn’t want to be apart from him — he’s gorgeous!

Louis, another young pup travelled with us to rejoin Morris, who’s relocated from Scotland to the Nerja area. Louis is a big fellow, still learning about his weight and strength as he pulled courier M along on his walks.

In Conil we called in to collect Staffie Rita and her pal Bob, a 14-year-old Labrador cross. After popping leads on them we spent a bit of time chatting with their owner and checking the dogs’ passports. Next thing we knew, the two dogs were back, big smiles on their faces and the leads in pieces all over the floor!

In Marbella we stopped off to collect Sally’s cats, Gypsy and Mellie, who are both 16 years old. After many happy years here, Sally and her cats are off to live in Fulham, in London. Although the girls have never travelled or left Marbella before, they’re taking the journey in their stride and love watching all the comings and goings as we walk the dogs.

Lovely young Felipe, heading to Madrid

Lovely young Felipe, heading to Madrid

Pedro, Sergio's dad met us to take delivery of Felipe. Even though they'd never met before, we could see it was the start of a beautiful friendship!

Pedro, Sergio’s dad met us to take delivery of Felipe. Even though they’d never met before, we could see it was the start of a beautiful friendship!

Handsome (and hairy) young Louis

Handsome (and hairy) young Louis

Reunion in Nerja for Louis with Morris, who'd missed Louis and was interested to hear how he'd travelled

Reunion in Nerja for Louis with Morris, who’d missed Louis and was interested to hear how he’d travelled

Louis tries out for 'longest tongue' as he sits in Morris's car, ready for the last leg of his journey

Louis tries out for ‘longest tongue’ as he sits in Morris’s car, ready for the last leg of his journey

Rita and Bob made short work of their leads

Rita and Bob made short work of their leads

Wearing new leads, here are Rita (L) and Bob (R) with Miguel. He originally adopted the dogs in Northern Ireland and is now on his way back there, to Ballycastle.

Wearing new leads, here are Rita (L) and Bob (R) with Miguel. He originally adopted the dogs in Northern Ireland and is now on his way back there, to Ballycastle.

Sally bids Gypsy and Mellie goodbye

Sally bids Gypsy and Mellie goodbye

Here's Gypsy. Both she and her companion…

Here’s Gypsy. Both she and her companion…

…Mellie are in fine and sprightly fettle for their age

…Mellie are in fine and sprightly fettle for their age

Spain produces only a very limited number of cheeses — around seven at the last count. Many come from Extramadura, which is where we happened upon this cheese vending machine at a roadside bar. Looks like a comprehensive selection!

Spain produces only a very limited number of cheeses — around seven at the last count. Many come from Extramadura, which is where we happened upon this cheese vending machine at a roadside bar. Looks like a comprehensive selection!

We caught up with Margaret and John and their Chocolate Lab Oscar who travelled with us as a pup from his breeder in France

We caught up with Margaret and John and their Chocolate Lab Oscar who travelled with us as a pup from his breeder in France

Fluffy young bundle of ChowChow, Winnie

Fluffy young bundle of ChowChow, Winnie

Winnie needed to have his internal parasite treatment (a pet passport requirement) so we had the pleasure of walking through Nerja with him to the vet's. Everyone we met was captivated by his good looks.

Winnie needed to have his internal parasite treatment (a pet passport requirement) so we had the pleasure of walking through Nerja with him to the vet’s. Everyone we met was captivated by his good looks.

Oscar joined us to show us the way — he's very popular with local restaurateurs who offered him bowls of fresh water along the way

Oscar joined us to show us the way — he’s very popular with local restaurateurs who offered him bowls of fresh water along the way

Five bearded dragons and two Maine Coons arrive in Germany

Five bearded dragons travelled with Animalcouriers from the UK to Frankfurt in Germany, where their owner is relocating. While she finalises her accommodation, her handsome dragons are staying with her sister and nephews.

Sharing the journey with the dragons were gorgeous Maine Coon cats Rosie and Bella. Their new home is a little further north, in Bielefeld, where their owner was waiting to welcome them. The cats were quite vocal during the trip, with Rosie taking the role of back-seat driver particularly seriously!

A beady look from one of the dragons

A beady look from one of the dragons

We kept the dragons warm on the journey, which meant they were quite lively and kept courier S entertained

We kept the dragons warm on the journey, which meant they were quite lively and kept courier S entertained

The dragons travelled brilliantly and arrived in time for tea — nice fresh bugs!

The dragons travelled brilliantly and arrived in time for tea — nice fresh bugs!

They have the most amazing range of colours in their skin

They have the most amazing range of colours in their skin

The owner's nephews were there to greet their new flatmates and were quickly on the phone for instructions from their aunt

The owner’s nephews were there to greet their new flatmates and were quickly on the phone for instructions from their aunt

Beautiful Rosie — her full name is Coontastic Kiss from Arosa

Beautiful Rosie — her full name is Coontastic Kiss from Arosa

Equally beautiful Bella — short for Cherryblossom Cinderella

Equally beautiful Bella — short for Cherryblossom Cinderella

Safe arrival for the fabulous feline duo

Safe arrival for the fabulous feline duo

We were very taken with this piece of street sculpture. There must be a fable or fairytale to go with it!

We were very taken with this piece of street sculpture. There must be a fable or fairytale to go with it!

We also liked these charming paintings of historical figures

We also liked these charming paintings of historical figures

Milo, Randolph and Louis travel to Ireland; Fifi and Bella reach Northampton; and John Dorian is reunited with Marta

Handsome ginger tabby Milo is on the final leg of his journey from Malta, where he was rescued from dockside life by Trevor. He’ll shortly be arriving at his wonderful new home with Trevor and Ann in Donegal.

Staffie Randolph is also on board — he’s swapping Islington for Cork. This friendly, affectionate chap homeboarded with us before the journey started. He’s not keen on being confined in any way — he would suddenly appear in an open doorway, looking for someone to play with!

Standard Poodle Louis makes up the passenger list to Ireland. This very good-looking fellow flew from Marbella in Spain to London Gatwick. He homeboarded with us briefly and is now heading to Cork to rejoin Lorna.

Meanwhile, courier S delivered Suzanne’s gorgeous cats Fifi and Bella to Chevington Moor cattery in Morpeth, Northampton. They’ll board here for a couple of days until Suzanne catches up with them, having left France a few days after they did. The two cats quickly set about exploring their new bedrooms, before settling down to a freshly prepared tasty lunch.

And finally, ferret John Dorian, who travelled with us from Portugal, was reunited with his owner Marta in Leicester. He was the perfect passenger, enjoyed all his meals and slept very snugly in his hammock bed. Marta told us he’s always wonderfully calm — when he was having injections at the vet, he even gave the vet a kiss! She also explained that in Portugal, it’s very rare to have a pet ferret, so when she walked him on his lead, people always stopped to ask questions.

Milo ready for the off

Milo ready for the off

Trevor's handsome Maltese Milo

Trevor’s handsome Maltese Milo

Randolph looking quite serious

Randolph looking quite serious

Randolph favouring us with a shy grin

Randolph favouring us with a shy grin

Louis with courier Matthew

Louis with courier Matthew

A closer look at lovely Louis

A closer look at lovely Louis

Fifi looking very 'designer' in her white play area

Fifi looking very ‘designer’ in her white play area

Bella fancies a chat with the neighbours

Bella fancies a chat with the neighbours

The camera loves Fifi!

The camera loves Fifi!

Marta delighted to be reunited with John Dorian

Marta delighted to be reunited with John Dorian