UK reunions for Mal’s cats and birds; and Gill’s dogs, cats and rabbits

If you keep up with the Animalcouriers blog, you’ll know that couriers J and M recently collected Mal and Mike’s 22 cats and two birds from their previous home in the Lot-et-Garonne in France. Now they’ve reached their new home in Lincolnshire.

When we arrived, the lovely new cattery was still under construction! By about 5.00pm it was pretty much ready, so courier M started helping Mal move her cats into their new home.

Disaster struck, however, when two of the feistier felines discovered that a small part of the cattery roof wasn’t secure — Brandy managed to squeeze through the gap and made a run for it before he could be grabbed. He’s still at large, but Mal is very experienced at catching cats. She’s set up cat traps, let her neighbours know to be on the lookout, and is carrying out regular patrols. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed.

Courier M helped out with emergency repairs, but moving the rest of the cats was put off until this morning, once proper repairs had been made.

Mal greets her cats on their arrival

Mal greets her cats on their arrival

The cattery in all its glory

The cattery in all its glory

Mal making sure all the bedrooms are shipshape

Mal making sure all the bedrooms are shipshape

Tucking in to some yummy nosh

Tucking in to some yummy nosh

Relaxing on a fleecy blanket

Relaxing on a fleecy blanket

Posing against an autumnal backdrop

Posing against an autumnal backdrop

Courier Mike was also on the road, delivering Gill’s family of pets who travelled with him from Normandy, to their new home in Dorchester. It was a great homecoming for dogs Rosie Pomme, Dolly and Gracie Mai. The two rabbits, along with the four cats — Ginger, Madge, Suzanne and Minou — took it all a bit more calmly!

 

Little Gracie Mai — a blur of fur!

Little Gracie Mai — a blur of fur!

Burmese Mountain Dog Dolly heads straight in through the gate

Burmese Mountain Dog Dolly heads straight in through the gate

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Very excited German Shepherd dog Rosie Pomme bounds towards Gill

Dip and Piri are heading to New Zealand

Having delivered Bibi, Digger and Kizzy to kennels in Normandy, Animalcouriers headed off to Brittany to pick up Jack Russell Terrier Dip and Golden Retreiver/Labrador cross Piri. They have a long journey ahead of them as they’re flying to New Zealand!

We crossed to the UK by Eurotunnel, with this inseparable pair sitting side by side, barking in unison to greet every toll booth attendant. They spent last night with courier S, and this morning they’re off to stay in kennels in Sussex while their paperwork, blood tests and vaccinations are finalised for their entry into New Zealand.

Lovely Dip

Lovely Dip

Gorgeous Piri

Gorgeous Piri

Bibi, Digger and Kizzy reach their temporary digs in Normandy

Animalcouriers delivered yellow Labs Bibi, Digger and Kizzy to kennels in Normandy where they’ll be staying until their owners arrive later this month.

Despite the pouring rain that greeted us, all three were keen to inspect their family-size accommodation, that comes complete with a whole garden to themselves. The rain put them off exploring too far outside but all three seemed to approve of their hotel, and gave us permission to leave!

Bibi keeping an eye on the kids

Bibi keeping an eye on the kids

Digger enjoys having a good look around

Digger enjoys having a good look around

Kizzy peeks out at the garden but decides a thorough inspection can wait til the rain stops

Kizzy peeks out at the garden but decides a thorough inspection can wait til the rain stops

Beautiful cat spotted lounging in a shop window

Beautiful cat spotted lounging in a shop window

With some time to spare, we headed to the mysterious Brocéliande. Situated deep in the forest of Paimpont, Brittany, it's the cradle of many Breton legends.

With some time to spare, we headed to the mysterious Brocéliande. Situated deep in the forest of Paimpont, Brittany, it’s the cradle of many Breton legends.

All sorts of mythical creatures abound at Brocéliande…

All sorts of mythical creatures abound at Brocéliande…

…many of whom sport oversized ears!

…many of whom sport oversized ears!

Brittany is counted as one of the six Celtic nations — the others are Cornwall, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales

Brittany is counted as one of the six Celtic nations — the others are Cornwall, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales

Pretty sure Harry Potter will appear any minute to claim the goblet of fire!

Pretty sure Harry Potter will appear any minute to claim the goblet of fire!

Merlin must be somewhere round here, too

Merlin must be somewhere round here, too

Heading to France with Bibi, Digger, Kizzy and Icarus

While couriers J and M continue their journey through Italy towards Greece, courier S crossed to France via Eurotunnel yesterday lunchtime.

Travelling with Animalcouriers from Exeter are Labrador trio Bibi, Digger and Kizzy. This mother, son and daughter are off to start a fantastic new life with their owners in Normandy. They’re a bouncy bunch but, in true Labrador style, food and a fair bit of sleep are their favourite things!

Crete-born Icarus has been living in the beautiful English city of Bath for a few months, and now he and his owner are heading back to their Cretan paradise. Animalcouriers drove them to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport for their flight to Athens, where they’ll catch a connecting flight to Crete — all in all, a journey of precisely 24 hours.

On leaving Paris, Courier S and the three Labs headed towards the Chantilly area with its wonderful woodlands and royal parks, where we had delightful after-dinner walks and spent the night.

Labrador family Bibi with son Digger and daughter Kizzy

Labrador family Bibi with son Digger and daughter Kizzy

Icarus on board with Animalcouriers

Icarus on board with Animalcouriers

Mum Bibi dines in peace al fresco, away from the ravenous kids!

Mum Bibi dines in peace al fresco, away from the ravenous kids!

Kizzy chilling out on her woodland walk

Kizzy chilling out on her woodland walk

Digger is keen to enter the 'longest tongue' award

Digger is keen to enter the ‘longest tongue’ award

Icarus reckons he can beat any dog hands (paws?) down in that competition!

Icarus reckons he can beat any dog hands (paws?) down in that competition!