Transporting a Hermann’s Tortoise to France, a Cocker Spaniel to the Netherlands, and two kittens for Lynn

Natasha and her family are spending the summer in Paris with members of their family who live there. They asked us to transport their Hermann’s Tortoise, Dave, so that he could join in the holiday fun. He’s a tiny tortoise, about 6 cm wide and 15 cm long. His tank and the bags that came with him more than made up for his diminutive size!

Beautiful Cocker Spaniel Bella came to stay before travelling with us to Amsterdam to rejoin her owners. It was a great opportunity to be reminded about what lovely personalities Cockers have! She’s a very inquisitive little girl who loves having a chat. James wrote to say:

“Thank you and the rest of the team at Animalcouriers. Bella has safely arrived in Amsterdam. The courier was very nice. Really appreciate all your help.”

We collected a gorgeous pair of kittens for Lynn. Lynn rescues Pekingese dogs, and has 19 at the moment. The two kittens aren’t rescues, however, they’re a treat for herself. We look forward to hearing what names she chooses for these two little bundles of fluff.

Dave in his habitat, with some pebbles and a small plant for scale

Dave in his habitat, with some pebbles and a small plant for scale

Dave came with clear instructions on how to take care of him and what he likes to eat

Dave came with clear instructions on how to take care of him and what he likes to eat

A closer look at Dave's fascinating shell markings

A closer look at Dave’s fascinating shell markings

Beautiful Cocker Spaniel Bella

Beautiful Cocker Spaniel Bella

A happy reunion in Amsterdam for Bella and her owners

A happy reunion in Amsterdam for Bella and her owners

A pair of cuties sitting in their bed on courier J's desk

A pair of cuties sitting in their bed on courier J’s desk

A very excited Lyn with her two new babies

A very excited Lyn with her two new babies

Reaching the Greek mainland and collecting Neo, Lino, Zavia, Willow, Gulliver and Judi

Our ferry took us from Lesvos island to the Athenian port of Piraeus. Once breakfast had been served to our five passengers from Lesvos, and they had been walked, we were ready to meet up with the next set of passengers for our UK-bound trip.

First up was Neo, a mixed breed dog who belongs to Christos and family. They’ve moved to Kent, and now Neo is off to join them. He’s been looked after by Giannis, a dog behaviourist, who wanted to check us out before allowing Neo to leave with us. We were flattered to get a big thumbs up from him!

Sarah brought us her Cocker Spaniel, Lino. Sarah and family are also relocating to Kent, where they’ll be near Sarah’s mum. The family is leaving Athens shortly and will soon be reunited with Lino.

We were pleased to catch up with our friend Cordelia, who’s been looking after tortoiseshell cat Zavia on behalf of her owner. Zavia is travelling all the way to Scotland from Athens. We also met Elena, who brought us young cats Willow and Gulliver whose owner has already left for the UK.

We then headed to our usual meeting place near Thessaloniki to collect Judi from Maria and her Mum in temperatures approaching 100F. The tarmac was somewhat toasty under Judi’s toes, so it was a quick photo op before she gladly stepped into the Animalcouriers van. Maria will be in England in time to receive Judi from us.

The area at Piraeus port where boats from the islands dock, bringing swathes of homeless people looking for a way to make the next stage of their journey

The area at Piraeus port where boats from the islands dock, bringing swathes of homeless people looking for a way to make the next stage of their journey

Giannis with Neo

Giannis with Neo

Lino waiting his turn for a walk…

Lino waiting his turn for a walk…

…getting quite excited at this point!

…getting quite excited at this point!

Cordelia chatting with courier M

Cordelia chatting with courier M

Zavia is a very shy, very pretty tortoiseshell girl — we hope to get a better photo of her as we become closer friends

Zavia is a very shy, very pretty tortoiseshell girl — we hope to get a better photo of her as we become closer friends

Super cute cats Willow in front, and Gulliver behind

Super cute cats Willow in front, and Gulliver behind

Maria and her mum with German Shepherd Judi

Maria and her mum with German Shepherd Judi

Sammie all eagerly alert

Sammie all eagerly alert

We love Harvey's hairy ears

We love Harvey’s hairy ears

Hector seems to prefer being called Hector, rather than Ben, so we've let Jonathan know!

Hector seems to prefer being called Hector, rather than Ben, so we’ve let Jonathan know!

Demetris perched on the front seat for a few minutes, watching other dogs being walked

Demetris perched on the front seat for a few minutes, watching other dogs being walked

Randall looking up at him, with Hector behind

Randall looking up at him, with Hector behind

Leaving the UK with Hector, Harvey, Macchia, Iorek, Willow, Teddy, Tubbo, Bertie, Ted and Beau

Animalcouriers set off from the UK to Greece via France and Italy with gorgeous dogs and cats on board. We were lucky enough to have a few of them staying with us for a couple of nights beforehand, too.

One of our house guests was Hector, a handsome black Cocker Spaniel from south London. He’s off to join his owners who’ve relocated to the Paris area — they’ve gone on ahead to get everything ready for his arrival. Hector has unbelievable ball skills, and managed to keep a three-year-old boy amused for hours. Hector is a real joy to have around, always bouncy and happy and waggy tailed.

Best pals Harvey and Macchia have also been staying with us. This Black Lab and Italian Pointer travelled down from Cheshire and are off to Italy where owner Sally and her husband have a second home. Both are rescue dogs: Macchia found Sally when she was on one of her trips to Italy — Macchia is very attached to humans and loves cuddles. Harvey was attacked by another dog so he’s a little anxious on the lead, but loves playing ball almost as much as Hector.

Seven-year-old Iorek, a beautiful light-coloured German Shepherd dog is traveling with us from Birmingham back to Milan. His owner Isabella is still in England, so her sister Nadia will be waiting to roll out the red carpet. Iorek is travelling really well, despite Isabella’s fears he could be travel sick.

British Blue cats Willow and Teddy are relocating with their owners Nicky and David from Surrey to Brittany. Despite their slightly haughty demeanour, they are very confident, friendly cats. We’re sure they’ll love the countryside and open spaces that will be at their back door, and that they’ll become country cats in no time.

Black-and-white Tubbo is travelling with us from southern England to Arezzo in Italy to join his family, who’re already on their way there by car with their dog. In his younger days he was inclined to portliness, which is how he acquired his name. Now, however, he’s a fine figure of a cat and sports a splendid set of whiskers‎. One of the reasons his family asked us to transport him is because he makes a lot of noise in the car. We must say, however, that we’ve barely heard a peep from him. This may well be because travelling in our van is a very different experience from the car journeys most cats are used to, which involve going to the vet in a small cat carrier, with a view of the world rushing past the window. This can be rather disconcerting for them so, next time you take your cat to the vet, try draping a cloth over the carrier to help him or her to stay calm.

Almost identical Beagles Bertie and Ted seem to operate as a single unit. They’re relocating from Cheshire to the Naples area, where they will doubtless waste no time putting their noses to the ground to show off their sniffing and snuffling skills to the locals. Owner Robert has gone on ahead and is really looking forward to being reunited with his dogs. However they’ll be very much missed by his Mum and Dad who’ve been doing a great job of dog sitting.

Little Beau is a typical friendly Staffie who loves people. We met her just hours before the trip set off and there’s little doubt we’ll be best friends with her by the time we reach Piraeus port in Athens, which is where we’re meeting up with her owners Kate and family. They’ve relocated from London to beautiful Rhodes, which will be a very different place indeed for them all to live. ‎

Hector can throw as well as catch the ball. Here he is waiting patiently for help to get the ball out from under a cupboard.

Hector can throw as well as catch the ball. Here he is waiting patiently for help to get the ball out from under a cupboard.

Hector and his three-year old friend sharpen their ball skills

Hector and his three-year old friend sharpen their ball skills

The promise of a treat enabled us to get all three of our houseguests in one shot, along with housedog Pugsley (aka Superbeast). Pugsley is at the back, then Harvey, Macchia and Hector at the front. So keen, even the balls were put down!

The promise of a treat enabled us to get all three of our houseguests in one shot, along with housedog Pugsley (aka Superbeast). Pugsley is at the back, then Harvey, Macchia and Hector at the front. So keen, even the balls were put down!

Hector enjoys a sunny walk

Hector enjoys a sunny walk

Harvey is the senior dog on this trip and likes to keep everyone in order

Harvey is the senior dog on this trip and likes to keep everyone in order

Macchia is very affectionate and loves a fuss

Macchia is very affectionate and loves a fuss

Courier Mike with handsome floofy Lorek

Courier Mike with handsome floofy Iorek

A closer look at that noble head

A closer look at that noble head

Lorek posing by the broad beans

Iorek posing by the broad beans

Gorgeous Willow, looking just a tad grumpy at being woken up for a photoshoot

Gorgeous Willow, looking just a tad grumpy at being woken up for a photoshoot

Willow decides to grin and bear it

Willow decides to grin and bear it

Willow's equally gorgeous companion, Teddy

Willow’s equally gorgeous companion, Teddy

Storm welcomes Willow and Teddy to their new home in Brittany

Storm welcomes Willow and Teddy to their new home in Brittany

Tubbo shows us his fine markings

Tubbo shows us his fine markings

Now that's what I call whiskers!

Now that’s what I call whiskers!

Cheeky chappies Bertie and Ted Beagle

Cheeky chappies Bertie and Ted Beagle

You get the impression they're constantly plotting mischief behind your back!

You get the impression they’re constantly plotting mischief behind your back!

Pretty tri-colour Staffie Beau — the sunshine brings out her lovely markings

Pretty tri-colour Staffie Beau — the sunshine brings out her lovely markings

Oversize seagull spotted by courier M on his recent travels

Oversize seagull spotted by courier M on his recent travels

Hia flies in from Korea; and Dexter and Lucy head to France for the summer

Beautiful little Hia (short for Hyena) had a long journey from Korea to the UK. She left Korea at 08.00am and arrived in Paris 11 hours later. On the flight she sat next to her human mum, and was as good as gold. Animalcouriers collected Hia in Paris and drove her to Calais, where we boarded the Eurotunnel, courier S ensuring plenty of pampering along the way for this little girl. On arrival in the UK it was a short hop to Hia’s new home in Surrey to be reunited with her family. It’s all very exciting as a new baby is due in just a few months.

A few days later courier S was back on the road with Border Collie brother and sister Dexter and Lucy. These very frequent travellers are heading from their home in London to their summer home in Avignon. A perfect pair of angels, these two dogs are completely at ease with the routine of travelling. They know when to lie back and enjoy the ride, when to smile at customs, and when to rush around and make the most of our comfort breaks.

Hia shows us her beautiful profile

Hia shows us her beautiful profile

Lovely Lucy enjoys the fresh air

Lovely Lucy enjoys the fresh air

Dashing Dexter enjoys a rest on the grass

Dashing Dexter enjoys a rest on the grass

Lucy and Dexter were so excited when they arrived, that after a cursory lick of the hand to say goodbye, they went tearing off to reaquaint themselves with the sights and smells of their Provencal home

Lucy and Dexter were so excited when they arrived, that after a cursory lick of the hand to say goodbye, they went tearing off to reaquaint themselves with the sights and smells of their Provencal home

A classic Provence scene — a lavender-lined driveway

A classic Provence scene — a lavender-lined driveway

And where you find lavender, you often find sunflowers, too

And where you find lavender, you often find sunflowers, too

UK reunions for Napoleao, Cuca, Kathy, Neska, Charlie, Galatzo and Melody; and news of Danae

Couriers J and M had quite a time of it when they reached the northern French port of Calais. Fencing was being erected and there was a strong police presence to hold back a flow of migrants, reminding us about all the unhappy places in the world people are fleeing from. Then, on checking in, we discovered there was a strike at the port, so it was a three-hour wait before we could set sail.

Eventually we made it back to our Surrey base, where a delighted Teresa was waiting to collect her cats Napoleao and Cuca who had travelled from Porto. “We would have waited all night!” they told us. So wonderful how much people care about their pets, and what a lovely contrast to the rather trying time we’d had at Calais.

The following day there were more ecstatic scenes when Ana and George arrived to collect their dogs Kathy and Neska, who travelled with us from Granada. The whole family is moving to Bristol.

Meanwhile courier M headed north to deliver more pets to their waiting owners. Along with African Grey Charlie and young wolfdog Galatzo who travelled with us from Spain, he also had Melody on board. This lovely black-and-white Pointer was flown to the UK by the Friends of Filozoikos, who support the Filozoikos shelter in Athens which does such a great job with stray and abandoned dogs. Melody was fostered by Gabby, who brought her to us in Surrey ready to travel up to Ayrshire in Scotland to her new home with Sheila.

We also recently received news of another Filozoikos rescue — Danae, who had an eye operation and was then adopted by Erica and Hans in the Netherlands. Erica wrote to Martha at Filozoikos to tell her how well Danae is getting on:

“We are so happy we have Danae. She is listening very good, she likes to be cuddled (can sit beside us for minutes long to be cuddled). And she very much likes to play with other dogs. That is, she likes other dogs to run after her — there are only a few dogs who can run as fast as she can. We want to thank you and Kiki again for giving us Danae, we enjoy every day with her.”

Teresa and her friend were waiting patiently for cats Napoleao and Cuca at our Surrey base

Teresa and her friend were waiting patiently for cats Napoleao and Cuca at our Surrey base

More sheer delight — Kathy (L) and Neska (R) have kisses and cuddles with Ana

More sheer delight — Kathy (L) and Neska (R) have kisses and cuddles with Ana

Charlie arrives in sunny Stokenchurch where he and Nick were delighted to be reunited

Charlie arrives in sunny Stokenchurch where he and Nick were delighted to be reunited

Galatzo with Casey. Casey visited Spain to choose a puppy from the wolfdog breeder, and spent two weeks bonding with Galatzo — who clearly hadn't forgotten him! Courier M was barely on his way before Casey was off for a walk with Galatzo to show him around the leafy Glasgow suburb that is now his home.

Galatzo with Casey. Casey visited Spain to choose a puppy from the wolfdog breeder, and spent two weeks bonding with Galatzo — who clearly hadn’t forgotten him! Courier M was barely on his way before Casey was off for a walk with Galatzo to show him around the leafy Glasgow suburb that is now his home.

Sheila cuddling Melody

Sheila cuddling Melody

Melody gets a reassuring stroke from Sheila

Melody gets a reassuring stroke from Sheila

Beautiful Danae enjoying her life in the Netherlands

Beautiful Danae enjoying her life in the Netherlands

Heading north through France towards the UK

From Narbonne Animalcouriers headed north towards Calais, stopping last night at Chaumont, where there were excellent dog walks to be had alongside a pretty canal.

On our way this morning, we were driving though a small hamlet, only to find the road blocked by an aged yet distinguished Golden Retriever. He waited until we had shown due respect by completely stopping our van. At which point he rose slowly from the middle of the road and sauntered in his own sweet time to the pavement to let us pass. A class act!

We’re now at Calais, ready to board the ferry to cross the Channel.

Cooky enjoys an evening walk

Cooky enjoys an evening walk

Although Cody is quite big and strong, he's very gentle on his walks

Although Cody is quite big and strong, he’s very gentle on his walks

Young wolfdog Galatzo is always very alert

Young wolfdog Galatzo is always very alert

Little Kathy, waiting for her walk

Little Kathy, waiting for her walk

Kathy's chum Neska is also keen to stretch her legs

Kathy’s chum Neska is also keen to stretch her legs

Paddula, very relaxed…

Paddula, very relaxed…

…as is Lalaith

…as is Lalaith

Beautiful evening sun on the canal near our hotel last night

Beautiful evening sun on the canal near our hotel last night

Meet Hermes, cat in residence at our hotel last night

Meet Hermes, cat in residence at our hotel last night

French Golden Delicious — the best-looking roadblock we ever did see!

French Golden Delicious — the best-looking roadblock we ever did see!

PS – we’ve just been informed by WordPress that it’s six years since we started our blog! 2, 570 posts later we are still enjoying our travels — thank you all for your follows, likes and comments, it’s a pleasure to have you on the road with us.

Five dogs, five cats and a parrot join Tiddles for our trip to the UK

Animalcouriers met up with Cody and his family on the front between Gibraltar and La Linea. He’s off to Northern Ireland to stay with mum Nikki’s sister while the family packs up ready to follow him. They all said they would miss Gibraltar but they’re looking forward to new schools and a new way of life. As Nikki put it: ‘It’s goodbye shorts and flip flops, hello Ugg boots and woolly hats!’

Then it was off to collect Ben from Margaret at Benalmadena Costa. Margaret moved here over 20 years ago, and character cat Ben came on the scene a few years later. Now the time has come for Margaret to go back to Burnley with Ben and rejoin her family.

After an overnight stay in Nerja, we caught up with Kathy and Neska. These canine chums belong to Ana and George who relocated from Granada to the UK a few months ago, leaving their dogs in the care of Irene. Now Ana and George are all settled in and have sent for their dogs to join them.

When Kristina and her family recently moved from Torrevieja to Buckinghamshire, they found African Grey Parrot Charlie a new home with friends. However, African Greys are very sensitive creatures and, despite best efforts, the solution didn’t suit Charlie 100%. So plans were changed and now he’s on his way to the UK to rejoin Kristina.

Yesterday evening in Valencia we met up with Xavier from our colleagues Traveldog, who brought the final passengers, two dogs and four cats, for our UK-bound trip. First up was wolfdog Galatzo from Madrid, who’s travelling to Glasgow. Anything but wild, this handsome chap is very sociable. We were also joined by Cocky, a little Westie, who hails from Santiago de Compostella, and has settled into travelling like a pro.

Siamese cat Paddula is travelling with slinky black Lalaiph from O Porrinno; and tabby cat Cuca is travelling with Napoleao from Porto. Cuca has asthma, which is treated with an inhaler. His owner, Teresa, says he can get very stressed and provided advice on how to use the inhaler. But so far he’s been very relaxed indeed, and probably wonders why we keep checking up on him!

Cody gets a great send-off from his family. L to R: Lauren, Charlotte holding Chloe, and mum Nikki

Cody gets a great send-off from his family. L to R: Lauren, Charlotte holding Chloe, and mum Nikki

Margaret with handsome Ben

Margaret with handsome Ben

Fearless Ben, checking courier J for the smells of other pets

Fearless Ben, checking courier J for the smells of other pets

Ben even quite fancied trying to get on courier J's lap, but the camera kept getting in the way!

Ben even quite fancied trying to get on courier J’s lap, but the camera kept getting in the way!

Cody looking very attentive — nothing to do with the biscuit in courier M's hand!

Cody looking very attentive — nothing to do with the biscuit in courier M’s hand!

Irene has been looking after Neska and Kathy. Here she is giving them goodbye hugs.

Irene has been looking after Neska and Kathy. Here she is giving them goodbye hugs.

Kathy (L) and Neska (R) — great ears, Neska!

Kathy (L) and Neska (R) — great ears, Neska!

We always love visiting Granada. This time around, the collars of petunias around the lampposts caught our eye, their bright colours contrasting beautifully with the pale stonework.

We always love visiting Granada. This time around, the collars of petunias around the lampposts caught our eye, their bright colours contrasting beautifully with the pale stonework.

Charlie shows us what a big fellow he is

Charlie shows us what a big fellow he is

Charlie with Bev, who's been taking care of him

Charlie with Bev, who’s been taking care of him

We always work hard to find secure overnight car parks. But if  there's not much green around, it can pose a problem for dogs that won't do their business unless it's on grass! We fell around this morning as one by one our dogs made a bee-line for this single sprig poking out through the tarmac.

We always work hard to find secure overnight car parks. But if there’s not much green around, it can pose a problem for dogs that won’t do their business unless it’s on grass! We fell around this morning as one by one our dogs made a bee-line for this single sprig poking out through the tarmac.

Here's Neska patiently waiting her turn to water the sprig

Here’s Neska patiently waiting her turn to water the sprig

Little Kathy is definitely the leader of her pack

Little Kathy is definitely the leader of her pack

Xavier from Traveldog with Galatzo

Xavier from Traveldog with Galatzo

Very tame and sociable wolfdog Galatzo

Very tame and sociable wolfdog Galatzo

Cute Westie Cocky

Cute Westie Cocky

A very chilled-out Paddula…

A very chilled-out Paddula…

…and Lalaiph settle in to the compartment they're sharing

…and Lalaiph settle in to the compartment they’re sharing

Cuca — such a handsome friendly face!

Cuca — such a handsome friendly face!

Cuca's companion Napoleao catches a few zeds

Cuca’s companion Napoleao catches a few zeds

Cody waiting very politely for his walk this morning

Cody waiting very politely for his walk this morning

Cody and Galatzo meet and have a little play — two very sociable hounds

Cody and Galatzo meet and have a little play — two very sociable hounds

Reuniting Tosca, and drawing a pet-friendly crowd in Spain

Animalcouriers crossed into Spain where our first stop was El Vendrell in Catalonia to reunite gorgeous cat Tosca with his owner Xavier. Tosca declined to show his face for a goodbye photo — but Xavier wasn’t at all surprised, explaining that Tosca is ‘very shy.’

We then headed straight to a garage as our van’s air conditioning had become a little temperamental towards the end of the previous day. As is always the case, our passengers aroused great interest, and in no time the mechanics were pulling out their smartphones to show us photos of their own pets. The boss ended up having to come out and remind them they were supposed to be fixing the aircon!

Once the aircon was back in working order, we continued on to Tortosa, where we stopped for the night at a hotel on the top of a hill. The dogs were most intrigued by the views!

Xavier delighted to have Tosca back

Xavier delighted to have Tosca back

The pets drew quite a crowd at the garage. We ended up handing out biscuits for everyone to feed to the dogs!

The pets drew quite a crowd at the garage. We ended up handing out biscuits for everyone to feed to the dogs!

A proudly shared photo of a much loved hound

A proudly shared photo of a much loved hound

Annie May gives the secure hotel car park her seal of approval

Annie May gives the secure hotel car park her seal of approval

Crystal agrees it's a great place for walks and views

Crystal agrees it’s a great place for walks and views

Leaving the UK with Pachi, Tosca, Annie May, Crystal, Percy, Magnus, Dash, Chinie, Mause, Rosie, Maya and Mabel

Animalcouriers set off from the UK with pets on board bound for France, Spain and Portugal.

Simonetta brought us her gentle yellow Lab Pachi, who travelled to the UK with us a year ago from north west Spain. He is on his way back to stay with his grandma, Monica, where Simonetta will join him next month.

Silver tabby Tosca is travelling with us from Milton Keynes to El Vendrell, Spain. This gorgeous puss is a little puzzled by the journey, so we’re doing our best to be very reassuring.

Cute Annie May is a Posavac Hound who’s had quite few moves in her short life. She was rescued from life on the streets in Romania and adopted by Janise, who brought her to live in Derbyshire. Now the family has moved to the Portuguese Algarve and naturally Annie May is travelling too. This sweet-natured dog clearly hasn’t forgotten her early years, as she’s very quick to snatch up any dropped or unattended food!

Staffie cross Crystal Is travelling with us to join her family who’ve moved from Erith to Andalucia in Spain. This sociable little girl homeboarded with courier J before we left and she just loved chattering and nattering with everyone who passed through the house!

Steve and Janet have relocated to Mallorca from Harrogate, and now their five cats — Percy, Magnus, Dash, Chinie and Mause — are on their way too. Their journey started around a fortnight ago when we collected them in Harrogate. These fine felines stayed at Burntwood Cattery and Kennels near our office, until we were ready to leave for continental Europe. We’ll drive them as far as Barcelona to board the ferry to Palma, where they’ll be met for the last leg of their journey home. Despite their fairly long and fragmented trip, these are five very chilled-out cats — probably because of the rather sedate nature of the journey.

Also on board is gentle, long-haired black cat Rosie, who’s swapping East Sussex greenery for Algarve sunshine. She is very interested in all the goings-on in and around the van, and enjoys keeping an eye on everything from her elevated lookout.

Maya and Mabel left Edinburgh for the Figeac area of France, to rejoin Florent and Amie. Mabel has taken everything in her stride and been quite calm — although we were warned she’s not too keen on cuddles. Maya, on the other hand, is quite indignant about her routine having been disturbed!

Tonight we reach the southern French town of Narbonne, where we’ll spend the night before crossing the border into Spain tomorrow.

Simonetta says goodbye to Pachi — she's very much looking forward to seeing him again next month

Simonetta says goodbye to Pachi — she’s very much looking forward to seeing him again next month

 Tosca looking a little bemused by this whole travel thing

Tosca looking a little bemused by this whole travel thing

Annie May is ready for the off

Annie May is ready for the off

Sociable Crystal hopes to catch our eye

Sociable Crystal hopes to catch our eye

Pachi has a good old chuckle at Crystal's knock knock joke

Pachi has a good old chuckle at Crystal’s knock knock joke

Magnus… or Percy…

Magnus… or Percy…

Percy… or Magnus — we're struggling to tell these two jet black slinky cats apart!

Percy… or Magnus — we’re struggling to tell these two jet black slinky cats apart!

Handsome ginger Dash shows off his magnificent whiskers

Handsome ginger Dash shows off his magnificent whiskers

Calico cats Chinie and Mause are as chilled out as their three siblings

Calico cats Chinie and Mause are as chilled out as their three siblings

Gentle long-haired beauty Rosie

Gentle long-haired beauty Rosie

Mabel, who took travelling more or less in her stride…

Mabel, who took travelling more or less in her stride…

…unlike her sibling Maya who's been pretty indignant about the whole business!

…unlike her sibling Maya who’s been pretty indignant about the whole business!

Fortunately for Maya, she and Mabel were the first pets to be delivered, just outside Figeac. Florent's mum Joelle was there to greet the cats, soon to be joined by Florent who was already on his way from the airport.

Fortunately for Maya, she and Mabel were the first pets to be delivered, just outside Figeac. Florent’s mum Joelle was there to greet the cats, soon to be joined by Florent who was already on his way from the airport.

Annie May enjoying a sunny walk

Annie May enjoying a sunny walk

Pachi catching a few rays — spot his handsome check collar!

Pachi catching a few rays — spot his handsome check collar!

Delivering Jasper, Daisy, Milly and Booby in Greece; and Monte, Scotty, Atlas, Baloo and Vali get on board for the UK

When Animalcouriers arrived in Greece we were disappointed to find the car ferry timetable for our proposed route to Skiathos, to deliver Daisy and Jasper, had been changed! So with a bit of quick thinking, we decided that courier Mike could take the two cats on the Flying Dolphin seacat, while courier J stayed behind in charge of the van. Quite an adventure for these two curious cats, but they took it all in their stride and were delivered safely to their owners Siobhan and Stu.

When we delivered little Yorkie Milly to Bruno and his wife, it took her only a few seconds to realise she was back in her owners’ arms. Her trip started out in South America so it’s been a while since the family have seen each other. Milly was wriggling and squealing so excitedly at being reunited, her owners could barely hold on to her!

We met Freya in Piraeus Port to deliver her dog Booby to her and it was hard to say which of them was more excited. Freya and Booby then boarded the ferry to Crete for their summer holidays, helped by courier Mike who carried their luggage. Freya managed to book a pet-friendly cabin for the overnight crossing with a bed each for her and Booby.

Last night we met up with Cordelia and her husband Pavlos who brought us Monte and Scotty. These two cats are relocating to England to join their owner Caroline, and Cordelia has been looking after them as Caroline has already moved back. Monte has a chronic condition which means he always has a runny nose! So we have a special box of tissues handy. Amazingly, he’s quite happy to sit still and have his nose wiped! We’re really looking forward to sharing the antics of these character cats.

Before leaving Athens this morning we collected Bull Terrier Atlas. His owner Stelios got married last Saturday and has relocated from Athens with his bride to Exeter. As you can imagine, it’s all been a bit hectic for Stelios, organising a wedding as well as getting Atlas ready to travel. Fortunately his mum and brother could step in and take care of Atlas until we arrived.

While in Glyfada we also met up with beautiful Golden Retriever Baloo, who’s been looked after by her grandparents since her owner Irene relocated to England for work. Baloo has already shown us her sociable, friendly personality ‎which we know is a typical Golden trait.

En route to Igoumenitsa port, we diverted to a garage/coffee to rendez-vous with super fluffy Vali. She’s off to join her owner Christos who’s working in London. His family are very proud of him — something to do with Google, Olaf said.

Mike boarding the seacat with his precious feline cargo

Mike boarding the seacat with his precious feline cargo

Siobhan making sure there's no risk of handing Daisy and Jasper over to the wrong person!

Siobhan making sure there’s no risk of handing Daisy and Jasper over to the wrong person!

Stu and Siobhan with their cats safely delivered

Stu and Siobhan with their cats safely delivered

Daisy saying goodbye to courier Mike, with Jasper behind

Daisy saying goodbye to courier Mike, with Jasper behind

Siobhan and Stu have already sent photos of how well the cats are settling in — here's Daisy looking pretty chilled out…

Siobhan and Stu have already sent photos of how well the cats are settling in — here’s Daisy looking pretty chilled out…

…and Jasper practising monorail snoozing

…and Jasper practising monorail snoozing

The happiest of reunions for Milly and her owners who've been apart for a while

The happiest of reunions for Milly and her owners who’ve been apart for a while

Milly makes a late entry for the 'longest tongue' competition (in between all the hugs and kisses)

Milly makes a late entry for the ‘longest tongue’ competition (in between all the hugs and kisses)

Booby overjoyed to be back with Freya and looking forward to their summer in Crete

Booby overjoyed to be back with Freya and looking forward to their summer in Crete

Heading towards the ferry to Crete, courier Mike helps with the luggage while Booby clamours for Freya's attention

Heading towards the ferry to Crete, courier Mike helps with the luggage while Booby clamours for Freya’s attention

Pavlos and Cordelia bringing Monte and Scotty, with the help of courier Mike

Pavlos and Cordelia bringing Monte and Scotty, with the help of courier Mike

Monte (L) and Scotty (R) very keen to know what's going on around them

Monte (L) and Scotty (R) very keen to know what’s going on around them

Handsome and confident, Scotty soon settles in for the ride

Handsome and confident, Scotty soon settles in for the ride

Monte with his tissue box handy!

Monte with his tissue box handy!

Bull Terrier Atlas with his uncle and grandma

Bull Terrier Atlas with his uncle and grandma

A closer look at handsome Atlas

A closer look at handsome Atlas

Baloo with her doting grandparents

Baloo with her doting grandparents

What a pretty girl she is!

What a pretty girl she is!

Spyros with beautiful Vali (short for Valentine)

Spyros with beautiful Vali (short for Valentine)

Olaf with Vali

Olaf with Vali