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

Safely back from Lesvos, and meeting more UK-bound passengers in Athens

Courier J and her seven charges from Lesvos arrived safely in Piraeus Port where they were met by Akis, who runs a pet taxi service. Akis has become a firm friend of ours, and happily obliges all our requests, however outlandish they may seem! True to form, he was a complete hero and disembarked all the dogs into his taxi. He had already met up with Aphrodite and her Rottweiler, Maya, who’d arrived at the port on the morning ferry from Crete.

Because of a general strike in Greece, there were no ferries for 24 hours. So the eight dogs went to stay with Christine for a couple of nights. She has kennels on the outskirts of Athens, Chris’s Animal Hotel, and has helped us out before.

Courier M arrived from Italy, having also been delayed by the strike, and drove over from Patras port to meet up with the rest of our passengers who are winging their way from various islands and other parts of the Greece. Because of the delay, we decided that courier Mike should turn back and start collecting our Italian passengers.

Martina’s Jack Russell Terrier, Jack, arrived from Poros on the high-speed hydrofoil, where he was met by Akis and whisked over to us. A lot of rapid activity for a little chap, but he’s been very stoical about it all!

Another Martina, from PetSociety  kennels, brought us lovely Lab Sugar, who’s been staying at the kennels for a little while. Owner Anastasia went on ahead to London and is very excited that Sugar can now join her.

It wouldn’t be a proper Greek trip if we didn’t meet up with Cordelia. She’s been looking after Tony’s cat, Arizona, until we could transport her to the UK. Cordelia and her husband brought Arizona to us at the port.

Sophia has moved to Nottingham and now her cat Gismo is joining her. Sophia’s parents Toula and Zisis, along with their French Bulldog, Zoe, brought Gismo to join the trip. Toula wondered if we needed any help on the journey — she was keen to hop on board and travel with us so she could visit Sophia!

Maria has relocated to Scotland for work reasons, and left her dogs Diego and Souki in the temporary care of her cousin Anastasia. Now it’s time for this sweet brother and sister to rejoin Maria.

Sonia, Ellena and Sophia from local cat welfare charity Nine Lives Greece brought us Carol’s cats Carrie and Olive. The charity, which does brilliant work with stray cats in Athens, is holding a fund-raising bazaar today. They hope to raise around €2,000, but admit that will probably only meet one vet bill.

John and Jacqui are returning to the UK from Athens. Their cat Lilly is naturally going to join them at their home in London.

We met Niko under the massive Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge near Patras. He’s such a cool hound, he has his own Facebook page! Niko came to Anne as a stray puppy about two years ago. Anne has a stables on the hillside overlooking the bridge, where she gives riding lessons to people with and without disabilities, and organises hacking and other activities. Plenty of stray and rescued dogs and cats find a home here. Recently, Elizabeth from Livingstone met Niko and completely fell in love with him. Anne very wisely allowed Elizabeth to adopt Niko, knowing he’s going to a super home, and that she’ll have room for another local stray.

Akis took control of disembarking the seven dogs from Lesvos. Here he is collecting the puppies, telling them to be good for him.

Akis took control of disembarking the seven dogs from Lesvos. Here he is collecting the puppies, telling them to be good for him.

Lovely Maya in a photo sent by Aphrodite. "Just thought you'd better know that sometimes I talk too much and I can't get my tongue to fit back in my mouth..."

Lovely Maya in a photo sent by Aphrodite. “Just thought you’d better know that sometimes I talk too much and I can’t get my tongue to fit back in my mouth…”

Maya in her bedroom in our van — her tongue still hanging out!

Maya in her bedroom in our van — her tongue still hanging out!

Handsome Jack from Poros

Handsome Jack from Poros

Anastasia's dog Sugar, with Martina, at whose kennels Sugar has been staying

Anastasia’s dog Sugar, with Martina, at whose kennels Sugar has been staying

Cordelia and Paul brought us gifts — and Tony's cat Arizona!

Cordelia and Paul brought us gifts — and Tony’s cat Arizona!

Arizona is a rather striking looking tortie puss

Arizona is a rather striking looking tortie puss

Toula and Zisis with their dog Zoe — in the cat box is Gismo, who belongs to their daughter Sophia

Toula and Zisis with their dog Zoe — in the cat box is Gismo, who belongs to their daughter Sophia

Lovely fluffy Gismo

Lovely fluffy Gismo

Souki and Diego with Anastasia and her mum

Souki and Diego with Anastasia and her mum

Glamorous Souki and Diego settle in for the trip

Glamorous Souki and Diego settle in for the trip

Sophia, Ellena and Sonia, volunteers from Nine Lives Greece, brought us Carrie and Olive, who belong to Carol

Sophia, Ellena and Sonia, volunteers from Nine Lives Greece, brought us Carrie and Olive, who belong to Carol

One of Carol's cats

One of Carol’s cats

John and Jacqui with their cat Lilly

John and Jacqui with their cat Lilly

Lilly is a rather gorgeous creature

Lilly is a rather gorgeous creature

Fuzzy hound Niko

Fuzzy hound Niko

Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge

Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge

Anne (L) and Panagiota (R) arranged for Niko to travel to join new owner Elizabeth in Scotland

Anne (L) and Panagiota (R) arranged for Niko to travel to join new owner Elizabeth in Scotland

Lucy from Lesvos is a calm and friendly girl

Lucy from Lesvos is a calm and friendly girl

Dexter always has an eager look on his face

Dexter always has an eager look on his face

Berti is taking the journey in his stride

Berti is taking the journey in his stride

The Lesvos pups look like they're in a police line-up!

The Lesvos pups look like they’re in a police line-up!

Lost puppy in Spain needs a home

As we mentioned in our blog yesterday, Louise from Pets Paradise in Sabinillas in Spain is temporarily caring for a young puppy who was found on the road.

We think she was deliberately abandoned, as she was first spotted near an old river bed, where she had probably been thrown from a car. So although Louise is trying to trace an owner, she feels that realistically it’s a new home the puppy needs.

The puppy is a very sweet and friendly girl, around 8–10 weeks old, who still trusts in humans despite whatever her recent experiences were.

If you or anyone you know can offer this youngster a home, please email Louise: louisa123ster@gmail.com

Irresistible face!

Irresistible face!

Safe in Louise's temporary care

Safe in Louise’s temporary care

Those puppy dog eyes…

Those puppy dog eyes…

…and cute wrinkled brow

…and cute wrinkled brow

Relocating Rebecca’s dogs, and exploring Alghero in Sardinia

Animalcouriers arrived at the Sardinian city port of Alghero from where we set off to meet Rebecca. She is rehoming her family of seven Shelties, and we’re taking them to their new owner in the Brindisi area of Italy.

Three cute Sheltie pups

Three cute Sheltie pups

Cinnamon, the pups' mum

Cinnamon, the pups’ mum

Jake, the pups' dad

Jake, the pups’ dad

L to R: Nutmeg, Ginger and Jake

L to R: Nutmeg, Ginger and Jake

Rebecca with the pups, understandably very sad to be parting from her family

Rebecca with the pups, understandably very sad to be parting from her family

A pampered padlock at the port

A pampered padlock at the port

The crochet-covered padlock turned out to be part of a local outbreak of rather wonderful guerilla knitting

The crochet-covered padlock turned out to be part of a local outbreak of rather wonderful guerilla knitting

Penelope joined us for a morning coffee stop, and was warmly greeted by the cafe owners who were eager to know what she thought of Sardinia

Penelope joined us for a morning coffee stop, and was warmly greeted by the cafe owners who were eager to know what she thought of Sardinia

We were lucky enough to have a few hours to explore Alghero and its medieval centre

We were lucky enough to have a few hours to explore Alghero and its medieval centre

Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean sea, Alghero was built around a fortified port. Uniquely in Italy, Catalan is one of the official languages in the city.

Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean sea, Alghero was built around a fortified port. Uniquely in Italy, Catalan is one of the official languages in the city.

Updates on Dimos and Milly from Greece; and greetings from Capability in Bermuda

We love to hear how pets settle in after their journey with Animalcouriers. We’ve heard from Suzie that Dimos, one of the dogs who travelled from Greece, is doing very well. She tells us:

“Dimos slept like a baby all last night and has enjoyed a couple of lovely walks in the sunshine today. He is looking to Alfie for guidance as you will hopefully be able to see in the video clip. He is very affectionate and likes to be with us wherever we are. As I write this he is curled up on my foot! It is of course early days, but he seems to be taking everything in his stride and is coping remarkably well. His biggest issue at the moment seems to be with our wooden floors, he just doesn’t trust them!”

We also got an update from Jan about Milly, another dog from Greece. It sounds as though Milly is having a lovely time with Jan’s mum:

“Milly is settling really well and is such a sweetie, her appetite is improving as mum is spoiling her with fresh cooked chicken and other lovely things. She is so funny, mum keeps finding her burying her mini gravy bones in the garden — obviously saving them for a midnight snack!”

Meanwhile we received some photos of Newfoundland puppy Capability, who looks to be enjoying life at his new home in Bermuda. As well as telling us that Capability loves the water and is doing plenty of swimming in Green Bay, Safriti says:

“Thank you very much for arranging Capability’s travel and importation to Bermuda. He arrived in good health. I picked Animalcouriers because they already had experience with getting a dog to Bermuda via London Gatwick and, as a bonus, their price was reasonable. It was professional service with a good dose of kindness and understanding about the stress of a move. I would recommend them and use them again. The dog was happy to go with the courier who got him and after the flight the next day, he looked well-cared for. I think he even got a home grooming because he smelled lovely.”

Dimos watching the birds in the trees

Dimos watching the birds in the trees

‘Hanging out’ with his new friend Alfie

‘Hanging out’ with his new friend Alfie

Milly preparing for a walk (she is still wearing her beautiful pink Filozoikos collar!)

Milly preparing for a walk (she is still wearing her beautiful pink Filozoikos collar!)

Off we go!

Off we go!

Taking a rest afterwards on the cool slabs outside

Taking a rest afterwards on the cool slabs outside

Nicely cooled down now, so rolling around on the fluffy carpet!

Nicely cooled down now, so rolling around on the fluffy carpet!

A stunning sea view for Capabiilty

A stunning sea view for Capabiilty

Wandering down towards the beach

Wandering down towards the beach

Check out that shaggy mop!

Check out that shaggy mop!

Bono flies to Melbourne; Cassie, Nya and three cats fly to Sydney; and Capability flies to Bermuda

While couriers J, M and S have been collecting and delivering pets around Europe, courier L has been arranging flights and paperwork for other pets leaving the UK and going further afield, assisted by courier R doing the airport runs.

Gorgeous one-year-old Tibetan Mastiff Bono flew to Melbourne in Australia with Qantas. During the preparations for his flight, he lodged with Jenny, who was understandably sad when it was time to say goodbye. However, his new owner Charmaine, who runs the Temzin Tibetan Masiff Kennels, has been counting down the days until his arrival. The wait is almost over, as Bono has to finish his 10 days at Spotswood Quarantine Kennels before he can meet his new family.

Also flying to Australia were Cassie, Nya and their three feline companions. Animalcouriers originally helped to move Golden Retriever Cassie and the cats to Sydney about three years ago. When the family had to come back to the UK for 18 months, they couldn’t bear to leave their pets behind, so Cassie and the cats came too. On the return trip to Sydney, they were joined by Siberian Husky Nya. Owner Sandra wrote to say:

“The animals are settling in well. It is very warm here and both dogs have shed their coats so we have had hair everywhere!! The cats are out and about in the garden, quite puzzled by large cockatoos flying about and screeching! We have a possum family in the garden along with large lizards which the dogs are fascinated by. Thank you for all your help and care in getting the animals here — we definitely couldn’t have done it without your guidance and attention to detail.”

Meanwhile five-month-old Newfoundland puppy Capability flew to Bermuda. Animalcouriers arranged his paperwork and he stayed overnight with courier R who drove him to London Gatwick to check in for his British Airways flight.

Bono gets a goodbye hug from Jenny, when courier R goes to collect him

Bono gets a goodbye hug from Jenny, when courier R goes to collect him

Cassie at home in Sydney — lucky dogs have a beach at the end of the road!

Cassie at home in Sydney — lucky dogs have a beach at the end of the road!

Capability strikes a pose

Capability strikes a pose

Newfoundlands are known for their gentle, laid-back personalities. Capability spent all of five minutes orienting himself, then dropped off to sleep!

Newfoundlands are known for their gentle, laid-back personalities. Capability spent all of five minutes orienting himself, then dropped off to sleep!

Super-size Sultan sets off for Sri Lanka

Anatolian Shepherd Dog puppy Sultan has a long journey ahead, from France, via the UK, and all the way to Sri Lanka.

Animalcouriers accompanied him to the vet’s office in Rodez yesterday morning, where the final documents were signed and stamped. Then it was a final goodbye to Sultan’s lovely breeder, and off we headed towards Calais.

To meet Sri Lankan entry and quarantine requirements. we’ll travel non stop from Calais this evening in Animalcouriers’ special quarantine van straight to London’s Heathrow airport. Sultan will stay in the quarantine section of the airport’s animal reception centre, ready to fly on Thursday morning.

Sultan is only four months old but already weighs over 27kg! He's all about love and cuddles and courier S is making sure he gets plenty of both.

Sultan is only four months old but already weighs over 27kg! He’s all about love and cuddles and courier S is making sure he gets plenty of both.

We woke to a scene from a Christmas card in Saint Flour this morning

We woke to a scene from a Christmas card in Saint Flour this morning

Meetings and reunions for Indie; Sid, Casper, Ben and Aztec; and Glis

When Animalcouriers delivered young terrier pup Indie to Jane in France yesterday, it was a very exuberant first meeting, with Indie leaping about and dashing around!

Next stop was to reunite Sid, Casper, Ben and Aztec with Martin. Like most cats, they were a little unsure about their new home, despite an ecstatic welcome from Daisy the dog, who’s been keeping Martin company in the meantime. She even gave Aztec’s face a lick!

And this morning we delivered Glis to her family. It’s the mountains and the skiing that have brought Louise and her husband and children to Switzerland.

From there we set off towards Italy, where we’ll be catching the ferry from Ancona to Greece tomorrow.

Indie went quite potty on meeting Jane

Indie went quite potty on meeting Jane

Jane gives Indie a big welcome hug

Jane gives Indie a big welcome hug

Indie looking a bit windswept after so much dashing around

Indie looking a bit windswept after so much dashing around

Casper having a bit of a look around his new home in France

Casper having a bit of a look around his new home in France

We weren't surprised that Sid was also bold enough to explore. But Ben and Aztec shot straight under a cupboard and peered out at us from their hidey-hole.

We weren’t surprised that Sid was also bold enough to explore. But Ben and Aztec shot straight under a cupboard and peered out at us from their hidey-hole.

Daisy was very pleased to have her cats back

Daisy was very pleased to have her cats back

Louise's children Emily and Henry were delighted to be reunited with Glis in their new Swiss home

Louise’s children Emily and Henry were delighted to be reunited with Glis in their new Swiss home

Oddly enough, we weren't tempted by anything much on this menu!

Oddly enough, we weren’t tempted by anything much on this menu!

A very tame rabbit watched us while we tidied out the van this morning, and was very happy to accept a bit of Ryvita from us

A very tame rabbit watched us while we tidied out the van this morning, and was very happy to accept a bit of Ryvita from us

Making our snowy way through the Mont Blanc area

Making our snowy way through the Mont Blanc area

Summer has arrived in Portugal

Despite the fact it’s the middle of January, Summer has come to Portugal! This young Cockerpoo took off from a rather chilly Manchester airport in the UK to join fellow Cockerpoo Chico at Lynda’s home in the much warmer climes of Portugal.

Both dogs are from the same breeder — Anzil Cockapoos — and it was Animalcouriers who also arranged Chico’s flight from Manchester to Faro 18 months ago.

Lynda told us she was very excited about her new arrival. We asked when she’d be sending for a third pup but her response was, Lol, I think two may be enough! Ha ha!

Gorgeous young Summer

Gorgeous young Summer

Summer gets a welcoming hug from Lynda

Summer gets a welcoming hug from Lynda

Chico was ready and waiting to show Summer the ropes

Chico was ready and waiting to show Summer the ropes

Young Schnauzer Ebony is heading to Spain

Earlier this year Animalcouriers collected a handsome Giant Schnauzer puppy called Tor in Germany, and delivered him to Ferncliffe Schnauzers in the UK.

Now it’s the turn of young Ebony, who is related to Tor, to take to the road. Just 16 weeks old, she’s travelling with us to her new home with Yvonne and Keith in the Murcia area of Spain. They run Costa Calida Golf Tours, so perhaps Ebony will be able to help in the office, or look for lost golf balls?

Either way, she’s a gorgeous young pup who promises to be every bit as good looking as Tor.

Ebony

Ebony