Buddy and Milou head to the UK from Greece

Courier J is in Greece to accompany two rescue dogs, Buddy and Milou, who’re travelling to their families in the UK. They’re taking the plane from Athens to Paris Charles de Gaulle, and will travel the last leg of the journey by road.

Buddy hails from Lesvos, where he was adopted by Amy who’d gone to help with the refugee crisis. Amy tells us:

“I flew to Lesvos from the UK to volunteer with the Syrian refugee crisis there. The Greek islands like Lesvos in particular hold many tragic stories; the families travel there by boat across the Aegean Sea, many do not make it at all. This year alone 700 children have died crossing the Aegean, it is truly heartbreaking. My volunteering there has changed me forever…

On our second day we met Buddy while driving through from the port to one of the camps where we volunteered. He was one of many stray dogs — Lesvos has a huge stray problem. Every day we saw Buddy in the same spot, he was different to the other dogs. He craved attention, was very affectionate. Soon we started taking him on volunteer trips with us. I know that sometimes animals can be therapeutic, so we took Buddy one day to Pikpa camp for bereaved families who’ve lost children, parents, siblings, who tragically drowned getting to the island. It’s a very special but sad camp.

Well, this puppy played with the children there all day, putting smiles and laughter into their day. I knew then just how special he was, I felt like it was destiny to meet him. I have a little boy back home and I knew Buddy would light up his life. That’s when I decided to adopt him… and the rest is history!”

Courier J met up with our old friends Kiki and Martha from the Filozoikos Shelter in Athens, who brought Milou to the airport to catch his flight. Snoopy, another Filozoikos dog, was also due to travel, but was diagnosed with leishmaniosis, a sandfly-borne blood disorder that’s common around the Mediterranean. Although it can be well controlled, it stays with a dog for life. His prospective family thought it over carefully but felt unable to take on a dog with a chronic illness.

Buddy with Amy and Amy's brother in law, Matt, who flew from Los Angeles to volunteer on Lesvos. Matt has two rescue dogs of his own at home.

Buddy with Amy and Amy’s brother in law, Matt, who flew from Los Angeles to volunteer on Lesvos. Matt has two rescue dogs of his own at home.

Big hugs for Buddy

Big hugs for Buddy

Martha and Kiki, smiling and laughing as always, with Milou and his travel box

Martha and Kiki, smiling and laughing as always, with Milou and his travel box

Milou sports one of Martha’s lovingly handmade farewell collars

Christine, who runs Chris's Animal Hotel met courier J at Athens airport to help her check Buddy and Milou in for the flight

Christine, who runs Chris’s Animal Hotel met courier J at Athens airport to help her check Buddy and Milou in for the flight

Buddy in his travel box, ready to board

Buddy in his travel box, ready to board

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

Ziggy, Honey, Raj and Islay join our trip to the UK

When couriers M and Mike turned up for their ferry crossing from Italy to Greece, strike action meant a 24-hour delay. To avoid passing that delay on to all our passengers, courier Mike turned back to start collecting UK-bound pets in Italy and France.

Gorgeous Ziggy and her owners have been apart for 10 months. Now it's time for them to be reunited, as Ziggy follows her owners from Rome to South Wales.

Gorgeous Ziggy and her owners have been apart for 10 months. Now it’s time for them to be reunited, as Ziggy follows her owners from Rome to South Wales.

Sweet Honey is relocating from Monte San Savino to Nottinghamshire. Honey was an abandoned puppy in a car park — until Julia turned up. When Julia opened her car door, clever Honey jumped straight in! That was 10 years ago, and now she and Julia are exchanging Italy for the English countryside.

Sweet Honey is relocating from Monte San Savino to Nottinghamshire. Honey was an abandoned puppy in a car park — until Julia turned up. When Julia opened her car door, clever Honey jumped straight in! That was 10 years ago, and now she and Julia are exchanging Italy for the English countryside.

Raj is a gracious older lady, who is travelling from Sabaudia to be reunited with her owner in London.

Raj is a gracious older lady, who is travelling from Sabaudia to be reunited with her owner in London.

Lovely Islay is moving from Grasse in France, and will be catching up with her owners next week in Sussex. Here she is checking out her accommodation for the journey.

Lovely Islay is moving from Grasse in France, and will be catching up with her owners next week in Sussex. Here she is checking out her accommodation for the journey.

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

Collecting a family of dogs, cats and rabbits in Normandy; and heading to Jersey in convoy

While couriers J and M set off with Mal’s big family of cats and birds, courier Mike was in the Normandy area collecting a slightly smaller family of pets.

Gill and her family have lived on a farm near Calvados for many years, and are now heading back to the UK. They’re moving to Dorchester, so not a million miles from their old French haunts! The family’s three dogs, four cats and two rabbits are travelling with us. Rosie Pomme is a lovely big German Shepherd Dog, and Dolly is a Burmese Mountain Dog. Completing the canine contingent is little Gracie Mai, a cheeky miniature Schnauzer. The cats are Ginger, Madge, Suzanne and Minou.

The two Animalcouriers vans met up in Saint Malo to take the Condor crossing to Jersey. All the pets from both families behaved beautifully at check-in — except Mal’s cat Soda, who gave the Condor man a run for his money and a few scratches to boot!

Couriers J and M have been in regular contact with Mal, who is naturally missing her big family. Mal shared her thoughts with us, saying:

“You are so lovely, my babies couldn’t be in better hands. Everybody says the house is quiet and empty without the cats, and I feel like a big bit of me is missing. I could hear courier M talking to the cats in the van which put my mind at rest. I also know with courier J they will do as they are told — you are in control! I know they are safe with you two.”

Darling Dolly

Darling Dolly

Lovely Rosie Pomme

Lovely Rosie Pomme

Cute Gracie Mai

Cute Gracie Mai

Gorgeous Suzanne with one of her tabby sisters

Gorgeous Suzanne with one of her tabby sisters

Well-named handsome Ginger

Well-named handsome Ginger

Beautiful tabby cat

Beautiful tabby cat

The rabbits are a good-looking pair

The rabbits are a good-looking pair

Where's Alice when you need her?

Where’s Alice when you need her?

Gracie Mai and Rosie Pomme enjoying a walk on the beach near St Helier on Jersey

Gracie Mai and Rosie Pomme enjoying a walk on the beach near St Helier on Jersey

Dolly just back from the beach

Dolly just back from the beach

We couldn't resist another photo from Mal's family — handsome Mischief! Mal says he's very loving — his mother was feral and had her kittens in Mal and Mike's garage, but he came straight up to her. His sister Jezabelle also stayed with Mal and Mike, and is travelling with us.

We couldn’t resist another photo from Mal’s family — handsome Mischief! Mal says he’s very loving — his mother was feral and had her kittens in Mal and Mike’s garage, but he came straight up to her. His sister Jezabelle also stayed with Mal and Mike, and is travelling with us.

A family of 22 cats and two birds relocate from France to the UK

Animalcouriers travelled to the Lauzun area in the Lot-et-Garonne to make a very special collection: Mal and Mike’s 22 cats, one Rosy Lovebird and one Cockatiel.

Mal and Mike are relocating to Lincolnshire after living and in France for many years, where they ran a gîte business. They’ve loved every minute of it, but now it’s time to go back to the UK, where family draws them. They’ll miss their lovely local friends, though, several of whom stepped in to help today.

The cats have joined the household over the years, and now that it’s time to leave, not a single one is being left behind.

With so many pets travelling, we couldn’t afford any mistakes or issues with their paperwork. So preparations began several months ago when our good friend Dr Diana James, a British vet in France, did a home visit to meet the cats, microchip them, give them their rabies vaccinations, and organise their passports.

As it’s a big group of pets, we have a Traces certificate for them. Following a health check on Monday, Mal took all the paperwork to the departmental office in Agen, where the certificate was issued.

Given the difficult situation in Calais at the moment, we don’t want to risk getting caught up and delayed. So we’ve chosen to drive to St Malo and take the Condor crossing to Jersey, and from there take the ferry to Poole. The other advantage is that we will be met by the Jersey government vet who will clear the cats for entry into the UK. (This is a Traces requirement.) That will mean there’s no need for a house visit when they reach the mainland.

The cats all have wonderful names. To help us keep track of who's who, Mal sat up all night preparing beautiful hand-made labels for each cat, with photos and a special little notes about each one.

The cats all have wonderful names. To help us keep track of who’s who, Mal sat up all night preparing beautiful hand-made labels for each cat, with photos and a special little notes about each one.

More splendid labels

More splendid labels

Mal and Carina bring us Mozart and Beethoven

Mal and Carina bring us Mozart and Beethoven

Mozart

Mozart

Beethoven

Beethoven

Henry VIII

Henry VIII

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

Suzzie

Suzzie

Brandy

Brandy

Soda

Soda

Fleur

Fleur

Donny

Donny

Buster

Buster

Trumpet

Trumpet

Ginger

Ginger

Lou Lou

Lou Lou

Tia Maria

Tia Maria

Muffy and Twizzle

Muffy and Twizzle

Aka

Aka

Elton John

Elton John

Foxy

Foxy

Mischief and Henrietta

Mischief and Henrietta

Jezabelle

Jezabelle

Vanessa with the two birds

Vanessa with the two birds

A very special jug to fill the birds' water bowls!

A very special jug to fill the birds’ water bowls!

Fred the Cockatiel

Fred the Cockatiel

Mal saying goodbye to Rosy Lovebird

Mal saying goodbye to Rosy Lovebird

Everyone settled in for the journey

Everyone settled in for the journey

It took a good couple of hours to get everyone on board. Meet the top team — L to R: Vanessa, who put us up last night, Mal, and Carina. It was a very emotional time for Mal, who is already missing them all and worrying about them.

It took a good couple of hours to get everyone on board. Meet the top team — L to R: Vanessa, who put us up last night, Mal, and Carina. It was a very emotional time for Mal, who is already missing them all and worrying about them.

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

We leave the UK with Canela, Becky, Princessa, Rover, Wendy, Freddie and Bella; and Foxydog and Poppy hop on board in France

Animalcouriers is on one of our regular scheduled trips through France and Spain. The first pets to join us were Veronica’s extremely sociable and intelligent rabbits, Canela and Becky, who’ve been homeboarding with courier J. Veronica is a nurse and has been working in Glasgow, but will shortly be on her way back to Elche in Spain. Veronica’s parents and sister will take care of Canela and Becky until Veronica arrives.

Another pet on her way back to Spain is Princessa. This sweet little dog, originally a rescue from Spain, came to the UK with her owners. But they quickly realised they wanted to go back to Spain, and asked us to transport Princessa for them. There were lots of hugs and cuddles when we collected her in Lancashire for her journey to Almeria.

Rover the cat has the shortest journey with us, from Devon to Saint Maurin in the Lot-et-Garonne. This 16-year-old cutie used to live in Saint Maurin, then moved to the UK with her owners. Now the whole family is back together in Saint Maurin after a two-month separation.

Lhassa Apsos Wendy and her son Freddie are escaping the London chill for the warmer weather of Spain’s Alicante region. They enjoy sniffing around on their walks and seem very relaxed about the whole business of travelling. Owner Abigail was delighted to be reunited with them following several months apart.

The well named Bella is moving from Cambridge to the Almeria region of Spain. Like any sensible puss, she spends the day tucked up in bed napping, pops out for supper, then heads back to bed for another 40 winks. She’ll reach her destination very well rested!

In Paris we met up with Irish Collie Foxydog. This is her third journey with us — in 2012 we transported her from Ireland to Spain, when owner Jorge made the same move; and the following year we took her from Spain to Paris when Jorge relocated there. Jorge now now has to go to Switzerland for a few weeks, and Foxydog will spend that time with his family in Spain, who are very excited at the prospect.

Lovely Staffie Poppy is travelling with us to Portugal from the Lot-et-Garonne region of France, where her family runs a horse stud. Her owner has moved to a stud in Portugal, and has asked his mother to send Poppy to join him, as he’s missing her badly. We reckon it’s his mum who’ll miss Poppy now, given the lace pillows, pink blanket and white diamante collar and lead that are accompanying Poppy on her travels!

Veronica with Becky (great markings!)

Veronica with Becky (great markings!)

Big goodbye hugs for Princessa

Big goodbye hugs for Princessa

We've never before met a cat (let alone a female cat) called Rover! She's very affectionate and loves a head scratch every time we pass.

We’ve never before met a cat (let alone a female cat) called Rover! She’s very affectionate and loves a head scratch every time we pass.

Hallowe'en night in the Animalcouriers van!

Hallowe’en night in the Animalcouriers van!

Actually, it's just Wendy and Freddie getting ready to go out for a walk with courier S!

Actually, it’s just Wendy and Freddie getting ready to go out for a walk with courier S!

Very bella Bella showed her gorgeous self at suppertime, greeting courier M who was waiter that night

Very bella Bella showed her gorgeous self at suppertime, greeting courier M who was waiter that night

The marvellously monikered Foxydog

The marvellously monikered Foxydog

Poppy playing tug 'o war in the French sunshine

Poppy playing tug ‘o war in the French sunshine

Rover's Return (any Corrie fans out there?)

Rover’s Return (any Corrie fans out there?)

A great welcome committee for rabbits Becky and Canela, made up of Veronica's sister and parents

A great welcome committee for rabbits Becky and Canela, made up of Veronica’s sister and parents

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