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.

Rapturous reunions for Aragon, Cigrunet, Bonnie and Charlie; and tasty treats in Spain

It was rather wet and snowy when Animalcouriers met up with Céline in the French town of Pontarlier, near the border with Switzerland, to deliver young Savannah cat Aragon to her. Within about an hour, Céline was in touch to say Aragon was already walking on a lead and had been out and about, exploring his new surroundings!

We then headed on south and spent the night just outside Narbonne. The next day, we continued into Spain, where our first stop was near Tarragona to reunite cute rabbit Cigrunet with Miriam, who was very pleased to see him.

Then it was on to Valencia to reunite beautiful silver tabby Bonnie with Sophie. Sophie has moved from Dorchester, having completed her training to teach English, and is very excited about entering this profession.

Our final delivery in Spain was lively Spaniel Charlie, whose owners have moved to a countryside idyll in Murcia. Charlie had stayed in kennels while Heather and her husband got their new home ready, and everyone was very pleased to be back together. Their new home is sandwiched between a goat farm, a pig farm and a turkey farm. There’s miles of lovely countryside for Charlie to run in — and no-one has far to go for goat’s cheese, milk, pork or a Christmas turkey! Heather wrote to say:

“Thank you for delivering Charlie safely to us, he seems really pleased to see us again, and loves the garden!”

Last night we stayed at the Parador in Ciudad Rodrigo, Salamanca — a secure hotel with good parking, panoramic views and quiet dog-walking areas, and one that offers good deals at this time of year. Today we’re continuing our journey into Portugal, where Borat, Yuna and Ruas, and Faith, will be reunited with their owners; and new passengers will board the bus.

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Very happy Céline with her handsome Aragon

 

Aragon out exploring his new surroundings

Aragon out exploring his new surroundings

Miriam delighted to have Cigrunet back in her arms

Miriam delighted to have Cigrunet back in her arms

A joyful reunion for Sophie and her cat Bonnie

A joyful reunion for Sophie and her cat Bonnie

A rapturous welcome home for Charlie from his owners

A rapturous welcome home for Charlie from his owners

Cuddles for Charlie from Heather

Cuddles for Charlie from Heather

Charlie all settled in on his favourite rug

Charlie all settled in on his favourite rug

Courier M enjoyed one of his favourite Spanish dishes at dinner last night — morcilla (a kind of black pudding)

Courier M enjoyed one of his favourite Spanish dishes at dinner last night — morcilla (a kind of black pudding)

Courier J preferred a different sort of pudding — 'chocolate in three textures'

Courier J preferred a different sort of pudding — ‘chocolate in three textures’

View over Ciudad Rodrigo from the parador parapet

View over Ciudad Rodrigo from the parador parapet

Borat seemed pretty taken with the outlook, too!

Borat seemed pretty taken with the outlook, too!

Faith too busy trying out for 'longest tongue' to admire the scenery

Faith too busy trying out for ‘longest tongue’ to admire the scenery

Lookout tower on the city wall — somewhere for a watchman to shelter. Little windows, so he could keep an eye out without losing one to an enemy arrow. And a hole in the floor — some kind of ancient sanitary fitting perhaps?

Lookout tower on the city wall — somewhere for a watchman to shelter. Little windows, so he could keep an eye out without losing one to an enemy arrow. And a hole in the floor — some kind of ancient sanitary fitting perhaps?

Courier M in a former life, perhaps?

Courier M in a former life, perhaps?

Orchids spotted on our morning walk

Orchids spotted on our morning walk

In for a closer look

In for a closer look

Fabulously bright spring colours

Fabulously bright spring colours

Charming daisy types

Charming daisy types

Almond trees in full blossom, despite the biting cold winds…

Almond trees in full blossom, despite the biting cold winds…

…and angry black-and-blue skies

…and angry black-and-blue skies

Leaving the UK with Borat, Yuna, Ruas, Bonnie, Aragon, Cigrunet, Faith and Charlie

Animalcouriers set off for mainland Europe yesterday, crossing with Eurotunnel. On board are a delightful bunch of passengers heading to Switzerland, Spain and Portugal.

Dog and cat family mini Dachshund Borat, with Yuna and Ruas, are travelling with us from Leicester to Lisbon in Portugal, where their owners Ines and Lina are relocating for work.

Beautiful silver tabby cat Bonnie is travelling with us from Dorchester to Valencia in Spain, where her family are going back to live.

Stunning four-month-old Savannah cat Aragon is off to live in Switzerland with Céline, who will meet us in France to take him home. His breeder Sarah tells us that Savannahs are hybrids like the Bengal but crossed to an African Serval. She describes Savannahs as “super intelligent, friendly and people oriented — can be trained to walk on a lead and play fetch. Also high energy!”

He’s such a handsome chap, we felt sure Sarah had found it hard to part with him. “He is the most loving and cuddly kitten I’ve ever known,” says Sarah, “but I know he will have a lovely home with Céline.”

We received a call from our friends Traveldog in Barcelona, Spain, to collect a rabbit called Cigrunet, as his owner Miriam was relocating at short notice from the UK to Barcelona. Cigrunet has been homeboarding with courier J since we collected him. He’s a cool dude with splendid rabbit ears!

Also on board is Faith, who’s heading to Lisbon. She’s been staying at kennels near Swanley and Jorge her owner is very much looking forward to seeing her again.

Our final passenger is Charlie, a completely mad Spaniel, whose owners have gone on ahead from Swaffham to Murcia in Spain. Charlie has been staying in kennels for a while so they are very much looking forward to being reunited.

We're looking forward to walking Borat, who seems like a lively, friendly chap

We’re looking forward to walking Borat, who seems like a lively, friendly chap

Gorgeous Yuna (behind) and Ruas (in front) settle down for the journey

Gorgeous Yuna (behind) and Ruas (in front) settle down for the journey

Bonnie looking beautiful but perhaps a bit cross about this travelling lark!

Bonnie looking beautiful but perhaps a bit cross about this travelling lark!

Sarah, breeder of handsome Aragon, sent us this photo of him with his equally handsome uncle

Sarah, breeder of handsome Aragon, sent us this photo of him with his equally handsome uncle

Cigrunet is a very chilled-out bunny

Cigrunet is a very chilled-out bunny

Big softie Faith loves people, playing and having fun

Big softie Faith loves people, playing and having fun

Courier M showing off his dog-handling skills with Charlie. But Charlie has ideas of his own…

Courier M showing off his dog-handling skills with Charlie. But Charlie has ideas of his own…

What Charlie loves best is a big tummy tickle

What Charlie loves best is a big tummy tickle