Jess the collie flew out from the UK to New Zealand on Sunday. Jess and his owner are joining family in Nelson on the South Island. Family includes Wilbur, a Jack Russell, whose own flight to New Zealand we arranged back in 2005.

Wilbur stayed with us for a couple of weeks beforehand while his owners went ahead to prepare for his arrival. He’s one of those dogs you just don’t forget. Comical, very determined, but endearing with it. Wilbur’s owners report that he is thriving — 14 now and ageing as gracefully as a feisty Jack Russell can.

Wilbur in the sun

Wilbur in the sun

Jess on the beach

Jess on the beach